Whalers upend defending state champs
Travis Adams threw for three touchdowns and the Barrow High School defense turned in a dominating performance on Saturday en route to leading the Whalers to a stunning 19-6 victory over the Eielson Ravens in front of a large crowd at Cathy Parker Field.
With the victory, Barrow improved to 3-2 for the season and, more importantly, moved into first place in the Aurora Conference standings.
Playing in a strong breeze in 30-degree temperatures, the Whaler offense didn't waste any time in putting a chill on Eielson. Barrow punched its way into the end zone in the first quarter and never looked back.
Adams, who moved into the starting quarterback role last week, put the Whalers on top early by hooking up with Brendan Matthews on a 30-yard scoring toss.
Sione Tuifua stretched the Barrow lead to two scores in the second quarter by catching a 35-yard scoring toss from Adams.
Since stepping into the quarterback role, the senior has thrown for five touchdowns and more than 400 yards.
Ben Heather sealed the Whalers' victory in the third, building the Whaler lead to 19-0 by breaking off a 70-yard scoring romp.
Eielson's only score came in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter on a 45-yard run by Jaydenn Manbusan.
The victory sends Barrow into this weekend's showdown with Houston in a prime spot to nail down a return to the Division III state playoffs. A win over the Hawks would give the Whalers the inside track to the Aurora Conference championship.
Barrow closes out its regular season on Sept. 30 with a game against winless Valdez.