Congratulations Barons on a magical season.

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Cheerleading squads before the Homecoming Game

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Trophy kept in the BHS’ athletic department conference room

Congratulations Barons on a magical season. For the first time in program history, the football team went to the sectional finals, before losing to powerhouse Greece Athena who recently won its first game in the state playoffs.

The 2016 squad built from the experience and momentum of the 2015 team that captured the Connors and Ferry Championship trophy.

The 2015 team was led by quarterback Austin Carr. Austin had a successful season this year at the University of Rochester, moving from quarterback to safety.

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With Austin and teammates before a 2015 game. from No Jills; no playoffs for the Bills

The 2016 squad jumped off to a 4-0 start. In doing so, the Barons looked to match the two previous unbeaten Brighton teams, in 1955 and 1969.

see Pygmies of ’69 remain Brighton’s last undefeated football team

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from the BHS 1956 yearbook, Crossroads. Courtesy of Brighton Memorial Library. from Pygmies of ’69 remain Brighton’s last undefeated football team

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1955 Democrat and Chronicle from Pygmies of ’69 remain Brighton’s last undefeated football team

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2 Nov, 1969, Sun, Metro edition from Pygmies of ’69 remain Brighton’s last undefeated football team

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from the 1970 BHS yearbook Crossroads. Scanned courtesy of the Brighton Memorial Library

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1969 Homecoming Game from Crossroads

Unfortunately, the Barons lost a taut 28 – 21 contest to then (and still) undefeated Greece Athena.

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Athena scoring the go-ahead touchdown. From Working the Chain Gang at Reifsteck Field

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JV players before the Greece Athena game

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from the 2016 game program. Scanned courtesy of the Brighton Memorial Library.

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Reifsteck Field 9/30/16 from Pygmies of ’69 remain Brighton’s last undefeated football team

Throughout the season, the Barons attracted much local media coverage.

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Jenna Cottrell with WHAM news before the game; cameraman Toby Motyka from Pygmies of ’69 remain Brighton’s last undefeated football team

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While before their time, these long time Baron fans knew well of the Pygmies of ’69.

At the game you also met the “Chain Gang,” including Nelson Lopatin and Richard Beers.

see Working on the Chain Gang at Reifsteck Field

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Nelson Lopatin (top left) and Richard Beers (top right) from Working the Chain Gang

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Richard Beers from Working the Chain Gang

The Barons home sectional match-up against Spencerport made history. The game — won by Brighton 40 – 20 — was the first live televised game ever at Reifsteck Field.

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from Barons prevail in first televised football game at Reifsteck Field Democrat and Chronicle, Oct 5, 1950

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The day before the game, Brighton AD Nate Merritt showed me the press box from where TWC televised the game. from Barons prevail in first televised football game at Reifsteck Field

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TWC installed special audio equipment for the game. from Barons prevail in first televised football game at Reifsteck Field

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(left) WHAM’s cameraman John McClintock and Toby Moytk (right) Chuck Hinkel and TWC crew from Barons prevail in first televised football game at Reifsteck Field

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TWC crews (left) on top of press box, camera men Doug and Ron (right) l-r Nate Rowan, stats, Gene Battaglia, play-by-play, Chuck Hinkel, color commentary from Barons prevail in first televised football game at Reifsteck Field

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tv screen shot from Barons prevail in first televised football game at Reifsteck Field

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The Herb Carlberg Scoreboard 9:22 pm 10/21/16 from Barons prevail in first televised football game at Reifsteck Field

The Barons won in the sectional semi-finals at Rhinos Stadium. The 1999 team also made the semi-finals before falling just short.  As the game was again televised by Time Warner Cable, Nelson and the Chain Gang were captured live and in action.

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Fri Oct 1 1999 from Barons prevail in first televised football game at Reifsteck Field

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TV screen shots. Nelson and the chain gang at the sectional semi-final win at Rhinos Stadium see Working on the Chain Gang at Reifsteck Field

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from the 2016 game program. Scanned courtesy of the Brighton Memorial Library.

 ON TWO OTHER BARON TEAMS: VOLLEYBALL AND CHESS

In grand fashion, Brighton celebrates its volleyball champions and the first Boys state team sports title in school history

Wildcats strike out our undermanned Barons

ON ANOTHER MAGICAL SEASON

Congratulations East on a magical season. So Jefferson and Rocky DiPonzio’s 1980 mark still stands.