Coming off of an emotional win over a rival and facing senior night without it’s starting quarterback, it took Arendell Parrott Academy awhile to get going on Friday. But once the Patriots got going, they couldn’t be stopped in their 66-22 win over Grace Christian.

 

 

The Patriots were down 22-21 in the second quarter but put up 41 unanswered points thanks in large part to a brand new quarterback.

 

 

With starting quarterback Zach Vendemia being out due to an injured knee, Reynolds Barringer filled in with a big game. Barringer ran for over 100 yards with two touchdowns and threw for two as well while recording an interception. Shy Thompson and Trey McLawhorn both also ran for over 100 yards in the win.

 

Parrot head coach Matt Beaman said he was pleased with Barringer’s decision-making.

 

“He played with a lot of poise out there tonight. He came in replacing Zach Vendemia, who’s had a great year and I thought he did a really good job of commanding it. You could tell he was nervous early but I thought he got better as the game went on,” Beaman said.

 

Barringer made quick decisions all night long, not hesitating to bring the ball down once his receivers weren’t open how he would like. Barringer said he kept a simple mindset, said if he didn’t like what he saw then he immediately went for the run.

 

 

“It was tough at first because I’m not experienced at quarterback, because I have done it in a while,” Barringer said. “It took me a minute to get used to it but the O-line did a really good job and that helped me a lot.”

 

APA was called for 16 penalties, including having four touchdown runs called back for holding or blocking in the back. The Patriots had one drive, down 22-21 at the time, where they had three touchdown runs called back for a penalty in one drive. Beaman commended his team for not getting caught up in the calls, some controversial, but said the Patriots couldn’t get away with that next week.

 

 

Grace called the game with 9:04 left in the fourth quarter due to the number of injured players it had as well as the game being out of hand. Beaman said he didn’t know what it was that contributed to the slow start, but that the coaches lit into the defense especially at halftime.

 

Barringer chalked the Patriots slow startup to playing down to their opponent, saying the Patriots can’t “play down to a team that’s not as good as you.” Beaman agreed with that sentiment but said that Parrot wouldn’t take its opponent lightly next week.

 

 

“I don’t think they respected that team coming in here tonight,” Beaman said. “When you’re dealing with 15, 16, 17 and 18-year old kids I guess that’s to be expected. Obviously, next week shouldn’t take a lot to get them motivated because we’re playing Faith Christian and that’s for a home playoff game, so that’ll be a big one for us.”

 

With Vendemia already set to miss next week’s key game, the pressure will be on Barringer to step up and take his place again. Beaman has no problem putting confidence in his new quarterback.

 

“If he plays like that, we’ll be fine,” Beaman said.