Heather powers Whalers to romp over Monroe Catholic
Ben Heather returned an interception for a touchdown and then followed the Barrow offensive line for two more TDs on Saturday afternoon en route to powering the Barrow Whalers to a 64-8 victory over the Monroe Catholic Rams in front of a large crowd at Cathy Parker Field.
With the victory, Barrow snapped a two-game losing streak and, more importantly, kept itself in the midst of the Aurora Conference playoff race. The Whalers, now 2-2 overall, are 1-0 in conference play. Eielson and Houston also head into week five with postseason aspirations.
Barrow used its size advantage in the trenches to perfection against Monroe Catholic. The Whalers rushed for more than 250 yards and seven touchdowns. The Rams didn't get their offense going until the fourth quarter.
Heather and the BHS running back corps tortured the Monroe Catholic defense early and often. Unatoa rushed for two touchdowns and helped carry Barrow to a quick 30-0 lead.
Travis Adams extended the Whalers' lead late in the second quarter. After the Whalers had driven to the Monroe 7, Adams took a direct snap from center and scampered into the end zone. Heather tacked on the two-point conversion to increase Barrow's lead to 38-0.
The news got even worse for the Rams moments later. Heather ended Monroe Catholic's ensuing possession by stepping in front of a MC pass and returning it for a touchdown.
Heather tacked on a 34-yard rushing touchdown a few minutes later, upping the BHS lead to 45-0.
Jasiah Mila and the Whaler defense were far from through. Mila sacked the MC quarterback on a fourth-down play moments later and set up Barrow's seventh TD - and Unatoa's third of the first half. Unatoa's last score came on a 10-yard TD run with just under a minute remaining in the half.
The Whalers closed out their scoring with a pair of third-quarter TDs.
Barrow will return to action on Saturday when they travel to Fairbanks to face off with conference-leading Eielson. The game is slated for a 1 p.m. start.