Johnny Davidson powers Broncos’ rout of Schaumburg

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With 15 starters back from a team that reached the Class 8A quarterfinals last season, Barrington had a lot of the right pieces in place when the season started.

One thing the Broncos didn’t have was an experienced quarterback after graduating Daniel Kubiuk, who passed for more than 1,700 yards in 2013.

But that doesn’t look like an issue now with junior Johnny Davidson running the Barrington offense like a veteran.

Davidson passed for four touchdowns and ran for two more — all in the first half —as the No. 16 Broncos steamrolled Schaumburg 56-6

Saturday afternoon in Mid-Suburban West play in Barrington.

He finished 6-for-7 for 191 yards and ran eight times for 79 yards before taking the second half off.

“Johnny came out [and] he’s done what he’s supposed to,” Barrington coach Joe Sanchez said. “He’s prepared the way he’s supposed to, he puts in the work. He’s got the offensive skill guys around him and the offensive linemen around him to help him.”

Davidson’s touchdown passes went to four receivers: 11 yards to Dylan Bingham, 21 yards to Scotty Miller, 43 yards to Cole Walsh and 58 yards (on a screen) to Mitchell Pfeiffer. His scoring runs went for six and 18 yards.

JT Henderson added a one-yard touchdown run for Barrington, while Dumaso Mkwanazi (eight carries, 82 yards) was also effective on the ground. The line of Mark Bach, Bobby Seibt, Matt Reiser, Brett Morrison and Alex Serrano did the job in both running and passing situations.

“I’m feeling pretty comfortable,” Davidson said. “Everybody makes it easy for me — the receivers, the running backs, the offensive line. … They’re keeping their blocks, the receivers are catching the ball.

“When I need to go make a play, I just go out there and make a play. But they’re really doing everything.”

The Broncos (5-0, 1-0) have hardly been tested, with their closest win a 17-pointer over Hersey in Week 3. But they’re a long way from satisfied.

“I’m happy with our progress,” Sanchez said. “There are still things we’ve got to continue to improve on: shoring up situational football, being able to convert on third and fourth downs, be able to get critical stops.”

But he doesn’t see his players — 15-2 since the start of last season — getting lazy.

“They’re hungry,” Sanchez said. “They want to be successful and keep doing the little things.”

Davidson can vouch for that, having been called up to the varsity for the postseason run last season.

“We tasted that playoff mentality,” he said. “That’s what we want to get to and that’s our goal — we want to be one of the first Barrington

teams to win state.

“Every week we’re getting better. We’re not perfect yet. I know personally I made some bad reads that I’ve got to fix up.”

Schaumburg (1-4, 0-1) also reached the quarterfinals last season, in Class 7A. But it’s been a rougher road this season for the Saxons, who had a six-yard touchdown run by Joseph Rofrano in the fourth quarter.

“We got whipped in all three phases and if there had been a fourth phase, we would have got whipped in that, too,” Schaumburg coach Mark Stilling said.

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