His numbers, which include more than 4,000 yards passing, 39 touchdown passes and a 22-3 record as a starter in about 3 1/2 years, are impressive, but his leadership qualities rank as high, if not higher.
A defining moment came last season against Manchester on the road in Week 9. Southington, 8-0 and driving toward a playoff spot in highly competitive Class LL, trailed late in the game at 12-7 against a tough and resurgent CCC opponent (6-2 at the time). The Blue Knights had one last chance with one minute, 40 seconds remaining.
“It was a tough game for us offensively,” Southington head coach Mike Drury recalled. “We really weren’t clicking.”
“We were trying to maintain a perfect record, and it was not one of our best games by far,” Barmore said.
Southington took over on its 30-yard line. Barmore methodically drove his team down the field in the Blue Knights’ spread offense. He converted three times on fourth-down situations, and found himself on Manchester’s 30-yard line with 1.2 seconds left in the game.
Barmore went deep on a fade into the end zone and hit senior Cobin Garry for a touchdown with .01 seconds showing on the clock for a 13-12 victory.