Trevor Barry had quite the sophomore season for the Iroquois in 2021.
He looks poised to add significantly to that football resume this year as well.
The 6-1, 215-pound running back rushed for an unofficial 212 yards on 20 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns on runs of 40 and 65 yards to send the Chiefs to a 31-14 nonleague victory over Southwestern at Charles A. Lawson Field on Friday night.
“He is a special player” Iroquois head coach Robert Pitsonka said. “He is what you are looking for. Apparently he works in the weight room. He is a smart football player and plays physically. We’re lucky he’s in our area, that’s for sure.
The Chiefs, who beat the Trojans 22-21 in last year’s season opener, also got strong performances from freshman quarterback Eustace Kleitz — the younger brother of already all-state quarterback Trey Kleitz — and senior tight end Nate McGoldrick.
The Trojans know all about McGoldrick.
After catching three TD passes against the Trojans a year ago, McGoldrick caught two more last night – of 8 and 26 yards – helping the Iroquois start their season with an impressive road win.
Southwestern, which trailed 17-0 early in the second quarter, made the game interesting by scoring a touchdown just before halftime when quarterback Jameson Walsh connected with tight end Cameron Lemck on an 11-yard strike.
After halftime, the Trojans forced the Iroquois to play a second offense. Seven plays later, Walsh found Lemck for another TD pass, this time from 4 yards out. The drive was highlighted by an outstanding catch by Chris Miller – his second of two nifty grabs on the night. Neves Hoose launched the second of his two successful point-after attempts and the Trojans were back in business, trailing 17-14 with 7:27 left in the third quarter.
The score remained in doubt until late in the period when Barry, who rushed for more than 1,300 yards and scored 25 total touchdowns last season, broke free for a 65-yard TD run.
“He’s a great athlete” Southwestern coach Jake Burkholder said of Barry, who is also a standout wrestler and lacrosse player. “He’s their guy. … He doesn’t give up. The first (defensive) guy is not going to take it down.”
The Chiefs closed out the scoring with a 26-yard field goal and catch from Kleitz to McGoldrick. The third point after a try by Josiah Arcadipane was good, extending the Iroquois lead to 31-14 with less than two minutes remaining.
The visitors finished the match as they started it.
A bad snap on Southwestern’s first offensive play flew over Walsh’s head and into the end zone, resulting in a safety. After the free kick, the Chiefs needed 10 plays to drive 56 yards, capped by Kleitz’s 8-yard touchdown pass to McGoldrick.
“We put ourselves in a hole and then you play catch-up,” Burkholder said. “It certainly changes your approach to things. It’s part of the game. We have to avoid these little mistakes and start on a strong footing.”
NOTES: Matt Pannes led Southwestern with 86 yards on 18 carries…Walsh completed 5 of 14 passes for 69 yards and two TDs and rushed for 32 yards. … Defensively, Pannes had a team-high 13 tackles, Lemk collected seven and Griff Bogdanowicz and Mitch Pike each had six. … The Trojans are back in action next Friday when they entertain Depew. Iroquois will travel to Lake Shore.
Iroquois 9 8 7 7 — 31
Southwestern 0 7 7 0 — 14
Iro — Safety
Iro — McGoldrick 8 pass from Kleitz (Arkadipane kick)
Iro — Barry 40 run (Barry run)
SW — Lemke 11 pass from Walsh (Hoose kick)
SW — Lemk 4 pass from Walsh (Hoose kick)
Iro — Barry 65 run (Arcadipane kick)
Iro — McGoldrick 26 pass from Kleitz (Arkadipane kick)