GURNEE — The drive took 6 minutes and 30 seconds off the clock.
When it started, Barrington’s football team was barely hanging on to its postseason life. When it ended, the Broncos were gearing up to face Stevenson in the Class 8A state quarterfinals. Barrington advanced with a 21-13 victory over Warren in the second round Saturday.
Blue Devils junior kicker Griffin Rosuck connected on his second field goal of the game, this one a 30-yarder with 8:23 left in the fourth quarter, to cut Barrington’s lead to 14-13.
What followed was a 13-play drive that didn’t end until Broncos senior quarterback Daniel Kubiuk hit junior wide receiver Matt Moran in the back corner of the end zone with 1:53 to play.
“They did a good job with their drive they put together there,” Warren coach Dave Mohapp said.
Warren had a chance to get a stop. Barrington faced a fourth-and-one at the Warren 21-yard line with 4:03 to go in the game.
Sophomore running back Nate King was lined up behind Kubiuk. King, the fourth running back to start for Barrington this season, had fumbled inside the Warren 5-yard line in the second quarter. But with the game on the line, King got the ball.
“There was no hesitation [on giving King the ball] at all,” Barrington coach Joe Sanchez said. “I’m proud of the kid.”
King gained the most important 2 yards of his night and Barrington converted the first down. King finished with 137 rushing yards on 30 carries.
Senior tight end Ryan Cowdrey’s 10-yard catch-and-run set the stage for the touchdown pass to Moran.
“That play was a run/pass option for [Kubiuk],” Sanchez said. “[Moran] ran a perfect route.”
Kubiuk bootlegged right and when it appeared he would take off and try to reach the end zone with his feet — and just before he crossed the line of scrimmage — he fired a dart to Moran who found himself alone in the back of the end zone.
Kubiuk finished 18-for-33 for 195 yards. He had one interception. In addition to the touchdown pass to Moran, had a 66-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Dylan Bingham.
The touchdown pass to Bingham occurred with 7:06 to go in the third quarter. Facing a third-and-12, Kubiuk dumped it off over the middle to Bingham. He used good blocking and two nice cuts to give Barrington a 14-10 lead.
Warren, which led 10-7 at halftime, finished the season 7-4. The Blue Devils’ 13 points were 22 below their average. Senior running back Maxwell Sorby finished with 123 rushing yards and one touchdown.
Barrington, now 10-1, moves on to face Stevenson, a winner over Glenbard North earlier Saturday.