Perhaps someday, the traditional Barton-Clarendon high school football match up will be renamed “The Mud Bowl.” No matter how dry the weather is going into the third weekend of the season, the Lions-Bears clash seems to attract some rather heavy rainfall. Friday night was no exception.
However, Barton wasted little time establishing which team was going to be in control of this contest. Following a three and out series and a poor punt by the Lions, three plays later the Bears were on the scoreboard. Before the night was through Barton had pounded Clarendon's Lions into submission by an overwhelming 45-0 score.
Chajobie Fulcher launched the Bears scoring parade with a 4-yard touchdown run at the 10:06 mark of the first quarter. Barton would score again before the end of the opening quarter on a 38-yard run by quarterback Laquarius Hall.
Primarily it was the Cameron Anderson show in the second quarter. The Barton speedster scored on runs of 11, 5 and 36 yards at the 11:15, 4:30 and 1:24 marks of the quarter respectively.
With time and poor field and ball conditions a major factor, the Bears could not muster enough offense to score the needed touchdown to kick the Mercy Rule into effect at the start of the second half.
Barton led 13-0 at the end of the first quarter and 33 to 0 at the intermission.
Thinking optimistically, the Lions attempted an unsuccessful on-side kick to start things rolling in the third quarter. Thirty-five seconds later, the Bears got the TD they needed to keep the clock rolling.
Hall hooked up with wide receiver Justice Cole for a 10-yard touchdown pass to put the Bears up 39-0.
Coach Van Paschal sent in the subs. The Bears scored an “excuse me” touchdown with 5:25 to play in the third quarter.
Barton, 3-0, begins Conference 2-3A play this Friday night when they hit the road for a third consecutive away game, this time at Rose Bud, 2-1. The Ramblers defeated Conway Christian, 28-14 Friday.