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Barlow runs triple-option to perfection

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Barlow QB Jack Shaban.

Barlow QB Jack Shaban.

The funny thing about the triple-option offense, when it is run properly and with talented personnel, is that there always seems to be room to run for somebody coming out of the backfield. It’s difficult to defend against everyone at the same time, so opposing defenses are forced to pick their poison.

Barlow has run the triple-option to perfection, spearheaded by quarterback Jack Shaban, who has juked and spun his way for more than 1,800 rushing yards and 32 touchdowns this season. The Falcons have only attempted 32 passes all season.

In Thursday’s 46-14 Thanksgiving Day victory at Weston, Shaban ran for 192 yards and three touchdowns. After playing to a 7-7 tie at the half, Barlow erupted for 39 straight points to blow the game open. Shaban only attempted two passes.

The entire Falcon offense gave Weston coach Joe Lato fits all game.

“I’ve been saying it for years, they’re the best triple-option team I’ve ever seen in high school,” Lato said. “Every year, year in and year out. They’re a nightmare. They always know how to make the right adjustments. Their kids do a great job of making the adjustments and locking the perimeter the right way. Just every little detail. Hats off to them. They dominated us in the second half like we’ve never been dominated.”

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