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'Secret's Out'Seeley has a quarterback who can throw

Hawks lay Loyola low 39-7

Blackhawk senior quarterback Bryan Barthelmess, with good protection from the Seeley line, found his mark passing Saturday, connecting on 7 of 12 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns. Below, Cameron Gamache catches one of Barthelmess's passes, placed just above the reach of Loyola defenders. G. Noland photos

by Gary Noland
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
October 8, 1998

The Seeley-Swan Blackhawks extended their winning streak to five straight games last Friday, dumping the Loyola Rams 39-7.

Coming from apparently nowhere this year, the Blackhawks attracted attention last week when junior running back Bobby Clark set a new state, single-game rushing record.

This week the Hawks unveiled a new offensive threat when senior quarterback Bryan Barthelmess unleashed a series of passes with uncanny accuracy, completing 7 of 12 attempts for 224 yards and two touchdowns, most of these to his favorite receivers Ladd Gordon and Cameron Gamache, who each hauled in touchdown passes.

This took the pressure off Clark, who in the second half scampered for touchdown runs of 74 and 35 yards, finishing with 207 yards on 21 carries. The week before he set a new state record with 404 yards rushing.

"Bryan did a good job throwing the ball," head coach Mark Darrow said, adding that it wasn't just a one game fluke.

"He can do that every game from here on out. The secret (Bryan) is out. We'd been trying to save it for the last two big games (Frenchtown and Florence)," Darrow laughed.

Darrow can relax and laugh a little. The Blackhawks won only one game last year (1-7), and were not picked in pre-season polls to be where they are now.

"I'm pretty proud of them (the team). Everyone's taking a serious look at us now," Darrow said.

Friday's unmerciful thrashing of Loyola revealed a stronger passing offense than most had imagined, but for the most part the win added confirmation of proven strength overall, with offensive and defensive lines yet to find any equals.

The Hawks sacked Loyola quarterback Jesse Mann 10 times, holding him to 19 yards passing, and intercepting him twice. Gamache intercepted Mann on the Ram's first play from scrimmage, after the Hawks had scored first on a 11-yard scamper by Gordon, setting up the Hawk's second touchdown, a 15-yard pass from Barthelmess to Gamache.

In the second quarter, Blackhawk Brian McMurray intercepted a rushed pass by Mann, sidestepped the quarterback who then tried to tackle him, and ran the remaining 48 yards untouched to put the Hawks up 21-0 at half-time.

Defensively, it was Lelan Anders, B. J. Parker, Will Leishman, Chris Auchenbach and Scott Taylor who stopped Loyola in its tracks.

Anders sacked Mann three times and Parker did it twice.

Starting the second half, Loyola marched 71 yards to make it 21-7 and appeared they might make a game out of it, but Clark answered Loyola's touchdown with one of his own on the first play from scrimmage when he ran 74 yards. Clark added another 34-yard touchdown run in the fourth period, and Barthelmess hit Gordon for a 40-yard touchdown play for the final score.

The Blackhawks meet Darby for the final home game this Saturday at 1 p.m.

The regular season ends with away games at Frenchtown and Florence in the following two weeks.

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