Three teams have tried, but so far nobody has even come close to stopping the Joel Barlow High football team's running game.
And as a result, the 3-0 Falcons -- won won just five games in the previous two seasons combined -- are off to their best start in several years.
Quarterback Jack Shaban carried the ball nine times for 161 yards and two touchdowns and fullback Billy Wilson rushed the ball six times for 102 yards and three touchdowns -- all of that in the first half -- as Barlow blasted winless South-West Conference foe Notre Dame of Fairfield 55-12 on Saturday. Barlow led 49-6 at halftime and emptied its bench in the second half.
The Barlow backfield is loaded with dangerous weapons, and running the option behind a solid offensive line has maximized the impact of a group of talented ball-carriers.
"Our fullbacks got involved, the quarterback got involved, everybody scored today. And when you're running the option, that's what you want," Barlow coach Rob Tynan said. "If you want to take one away, we're going to give it to the other one."
Alex Lockwood -- who ran for 225 yards and scored on each of his four carries in last Friday's eye-opening victory over Bethel -- carried the ball three times in the first half for 56 yards and a touchdown. Steve Miller carried the ball three times in the first half for 65 yards and a score.
"It's been the blocking up front," Shaban said regarding the key to the Falcons' success. "We've done a great job up front. We've been blowing everybody off the ball, and when you make big blocks, big runs come out of it."
In the second half, Scott Dineen, Andrew Bindelglass, Lewis Grassie, Bryan Gallaer, Cooper Brown and Harry Wilson all carried the ball for a combined 97 yards. Harry Wilson added a 10-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Barlow only attempted one pass in the game, an incompletion by Shaban in the first quarter. Shaban has completed two of eight passes so far this season.
The Barlow defense, meanwhile, was unbending on Saturday. The Lancers managed only two first downs in the first half against the Barlow defensive starters. Davis Bigelow recovered a fumble for Barlow, Miller had an interception and Joseph Socci had a sack.
Trailing 35-0 midway through the second quarter, Notre Dame got on the board when freshman Tajik Bagley returned a kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown. The Lancers scored again in the fourth quarter when quarterback Glody Tumba hooked up with Jalani Roman on a 70-yard touchdown pass.
Tumba, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, has shown some flashes of brilliance during a season that has so far been rather frustrating for the 0-3 Lancers.
"He's a good kid, a good player, and he's eager to sacrifice for the team," Notre Dame coach Dawon Dicks said. "This was probably one of his better games of the year, although it may not be
indicative on the scoreboard. He's coming along. He is a spark for our team."
ND-FAIRFIELD 0 6 0 6 -- 12
BARLOW 21 28 0 6 -- 55
B--Steve Miller, 4 run (Scott Colby kick).
B--Billy Wilson, 4 run (Colby kick).
B--Jack Shaban, 30 run (Colby kick).
B--B. Wilson, 9 run (Colby kick).
B--Alex Lockwood, 11 run (Colby kick).
ND--Tajik Bagley, 70 kickoff return (run failed).
B--Shaban, 85 run (Colby kick).
B--B. Wilson, 3 run (Colby kick).
B--Harry Wilson, 10 run (kick blocked by Jalani Roman).
ND--Roman, 70 pass from Glody Tumba (run failed).
Records: Notre Dame 0-3; Barlow 3-0.