REDDING - Run, run, run. It was all about the ground attack Monday night at Barlow High School , as Notre Dame defeated the Falcons 27-14 in a football game that took just two hours and sixteen minutes to complete. Both team's quarterbacks - Ken Burns of Notre Dame and Ryan Brown of Barlow - were scampering all night to keep drives alive. The two teams combined for more than 280 total yards running. "It's really hard to contain what they do," Barlow head coach Rob Tynan said of Notre Dame's running game. "You try and keep Burns in the pocket, but then they can go deep. They have a lot of threats to cover." More for youNewsMasuk manhandles ImmaculateNews-Times, The (Danbury, CT) The Lancers led 13-0 at halftime and kept Barlow out of the red zone throughout the first half. The third quarter was the most pivotal. After Notre Dame's first possession was a three-and-out, the Falcons put together a 10-play, 61-yard drive that lasted more than five minutes and ended with Anthony Desalva's nine-yard touchdown run to cut the lead to 13-7. Desalva's run was only possible due to a gutsy fourth-and-6 call with 8:10 remaining in the third quarter. Brown ran an option play to the left for nine yards that gave the Falcons a critical first down, keeping the drive alive and hope in sight. Brown ran the ball himself on seven of the 10 plays during the drive. "We hesitated," said Tynan of the fourth-down decision. "And at first I was saying we should punt, but (the players) see what's happening on the field and they wanted to go for it." With their lead cut to six points, the Lancers came right back. Immediately following the Barlow touchdown, the Lancers put together an eight-play, 66-yard drive that climaxed with Burns' seven-yard touchdown run. "He keeps us pumped up," Notre Dame senior running back Nick Pelligrino said. "He takes charge on everything. He's calm in the huddle, and he sure knows how to throw that ball. But he also stays composed. They came back and we weren't fazed by that. We've got so many weapons." "We got lucky on a couple of plays," Notre Dame defensive coordinator Jason Hart said. "They were stopped in the first half, but against that type of offense you can't back down or else they will score. We let them stay in the ball game, but our offense responded well." Notre Dame's defense held Joel Barlow to just 74 yards of total offense in the first half. "At first they were shutting down everything," Pelligrino said. "But we bounced back. Ken's pass to me (in the first quarter) broke us loose." With Notre Dame leading 19-7 after a failed two-point conversion attempt, the Falcons put together another impressive drive, which was capped by a nine-yard Sean Delany touchdown run. That narrowed the gap to 19-14. Notre Dame pulled away with a 12-play, six-minute, 63-yard drive capped by a one-yard touchdown run by senior fullback Lamar Cash with 3:49 remaining. Burns intercepted Brown's first pass attempt on Barlow's next series. "I think we're a good football team," Tynin said. "I think Notre Dame is one of the best teams in this league and I think a lot of people know that. Our kids played hard tonight, but Burns is one hell of a football player." On the night Burns ran for 114 yards on 16 carries, while Brown ran for 112 yards on 22 carries in the loss for the Falcons. Notre Dame (4-1, 4-0) 6 7 6 8 - 27 Barlow (3-2, 1-2) 0 0 7 7 - 14 First quarter ND- Nick Pelligrino 32 pass from Ken Burns (Mike Mastell kick failed), 5:29 Second quarter ND- Jarel Capers 27 pass from Burns (Mastell kick), 5:09 Third quarter B-Anthony Desalva 17 run ( Alex White kick), 5:26 ND-Burns 7 run (pass failed), 2:21 Fourth quarter B-Sean Delany 9 run (White kick), 9:20 ND-Lamar Cash 1 run (pass to Pelligrino), 3:49 Individual statistics RUSHING Notre Dame: Ken Burns 16-114, Jarel Capers 8-42, Lamar Cash 6-16. Joel Barlow: Ryan Brown 22-112, Anthony Desalva 9 -58, Sean Delany 4-28, Steven Sternberg 3-7 PASSING Notre Dame: Burns 6-12-1-151. Joel Barlow: Brown 7-15-1-80. RECEIVING Notre Dame: Jarel Capers 2-51, Craig Drusbosky 4-46, Nick Pelligrino 4-56. Joel Barlow: Dan Mercede 1-27, JJ Contessa 2-19, T.J. Dugan 2-19.