Homestead homecoming king and quarterback Casey Barnes and his court of teammates flirted with royal perfection in stifling Port Washington, 35-21, Sept. 26.
That is because Barnes and the first-unit offense rolled up 358 total yards and touchdowns on five of six possessions while the first-unit defense, led by fellow homecoming court member and all-state defensive lineman Shelby Harris, held the Pirates to just 50 yards and three first downs.
All of the first downs and 42 of the yards came on the Pirates’ first possession which resulted in a missed field goal.
Barnes completed 10 of 14 passes for 168 yards with a first-half touchdown pass to Mike Collins. He hit six different receivers on the night.
“Game-by-game, I’m just gaining more confidence, and I don’t think I’ve been sacked since the Menominee game (Week 2),” Barnes said. “It doesn’t hurt that I have such good people to throw to. They have good feet and can really make plays.
The Highlanders got three TD runs from Bryan Bronaugh, and Aric Daniels had 77 yards rushing on 12 carries while Avery Walker rushed for 61 yards on nine carries with a TD jaunt of his own.
Homestead took a 28-0 halftime lead and scored on the first series of the second half to put the running clock in order at 35-0.
Homestead coach Dave Keel then put in his subs while the Pirates, who left their starters in the whole game, scored three fourth-quarter TDs against Homestead’s second and third-string defenses.
The win improved the state’s second-ranked Highlanders to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the North Shore. The Highlanders have now posted 10 straight winning seasons starting with the first state championship campaign of 1999. Port fell to 3-2 and 2-1.
“We came out a little slow,” Keel said. “Then we got that stop (missed field goal) and gained some confidence. The kids took it right through the roof after that, really took things to heart. Port drove on us (on the first series) but then we showed a lot of character.”
Harris, whose first-team defense has still not allowed a score this season, said it really is a team effort.
“(The scoreless streak) is nice and something to be proud of, but it doesn’t really matter as long as we get the win,” he said. “It’s a two-way street (with the offense) and everyone is contributing to this.”
Steven L. Tietz can be reached at (262) 446-6619.
Homestead 35, Port Washington 21
Home — Bryan Bronaugh, 3, run (Matt Stern kick).
Home — Bronaugh, 2, run (Stern kick).
Home — Avery Walker, 8, run (Alex Bangert kick).
Home — Mike Collins, 9, pass from Casey Barnes (Stern kick).
Home — Bronaugh, 7, run (Stern kick).
Port — Josh Gasser, 2, run (Matt Wood kick).
Port — Cory Steinmetz, 16, pass from Gasser (Wood kick).
Port — Zac Moeller, 80, pass from Gasser (Wood kick).
Rushing — Homestead, Aric Daniels 12-77, Walker 9-61, Bronaugh 8-32.
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