On Friday, September 7, 2012, B-CC Barons football team traveled to play Linganore for a second straight year. The Barons were coming off their opening game against Montgomery Blair, in which the defense led them to a convincing 13 to 2 victory.
Linganore is an out-of-conference powerhouse. They lost their first game of the year 35 to 34 to South Carroll, one of the top teams in Maryland, which was a heartbreaker for Linganore.
Linganore is one of the top football schools in Maryland, while B-CC is an up and coming team but still has a lot of work to do to get to where Linganore is. After last year’s loss, B-CC is felt like they could stand more of a chance against Linganore. As Junior Lineman Kevin Hayes said, “last year Linganore had us in awe but now we feel were the favorites to take down the perennial powerhouse.”
The Gazette’s so called “experts” picked Linganore to beat B-CC. But before the game, the B-CC players weren’t fazed by what people were saying about them. Senior Wide Receiver Jacob Shapiro said, “we’re just doing our thing. We don’t have to do much to adjust to them because if we play our game and execute everything perfectly, no one can stop us… not even Linganore.”
Even with all the positive energy throughout the locker room, the Barons could not pull off the upset. Linganore grinded out a 21 to 0 win. When asked about the game, Junior Linebacker Josh Dupler said, “we left it all on the field, we played with them the whole time. In the end we shot ourselves in the foot to many times.”
When asked how he felt to play back-to-back years away at Linganore, Dupler said, “it’s not fair at all because they cancelled the game at B-CC to play at their house with their fans.”
As for Shapiro, he said, “Pissed off. They stole a home game from our seniors last year and this year we were supposed to get an extra one but we didn’t. Instead of playing 10 home games as a varsity football player, I only get to play nine; it gets me really mad.”
If B-CC wants to shed the statement of an up and coming team and become a team that is there already and can compete now, they have to get their season back on track and get a huge victory vs. Churchill. Churchill is 2-0 and looking strong. The game against the Bulldogs could be very telling as to how far the Barons can make it this season.
When asked about his teams chances against Churchill, Hayes said, “we love being underdogs”