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Barnard got the Warriors on the board early with a 37-yard touchdown run. The senior broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage, then broke his run to the outside and burned down the left sideline for the score.
As the Bears continued to struggle offensively, the Warriors didn't waste any time, scoring on a 1-yard Boling keeper after Barnard intercepted an errant JFK pass and ran it back 40 yards, before getting caught right at the goal line.
Gross was thrilled with the offensive production, but he said the defensive effort, led by Paul Palladino (eight tackles) and Barnard (seven tackles), was special.
"It was awesome team defense. It wasn't just one red helmet on the football, it was five, six and sometimes even seven," Gross said. "If a guy happened to break a tackle we were right there ready to make a play. We were extremely physical and I'm so proud of our defense to put up a shut out for us."
Barnard closed out the scoring late in the first half with a four-yard run. He gave all the credit for his performance to his offensive line.
"I couldn't have done anything without the offensive line. They blasted the d-line back, making huge holes for me," Barnard said. "I couldn't have done it without them. ... It's always great to come out and execute. Everybody was playing as hard as they could on every play."
Gross said Barnard is able to be successful because the game comes naturally to him.
"Tim has a great feel for when to stay on his line, when to cut back or when to bounce the play," Gross said. "It's a natural thing. We give them techniques and reads, but he just has a natural feel to carry the football. He's doing a great job."