Barton's Jarrod Chandler took the opening kick-off and raced 71 yards for a touchdown, setting the tone for the Bears' runaway 35-7 victory over the Rose Bud Ramblers in the 2-3A conference opener for both squads here Friday night.
Six different players scored for the Bears during the rout – five TDs and a field goal.
The Ramblers were able to establish a running game early, getting a push from an aggressive offensive front line, but their first drive of the evening, hampered by penalties, fizzled and ended in a punt.
Barton put together a 3-play 66-yard drive that culminated with a 48-yard touchdown run by Cameron Anderson on the Bears' second possession of the night with 7:16 to play in the quarter.
The Bears scored again before the end of the opening quarter on a 7-yard scamper by Chajobie Fulcher at the 3:05 mark. Barton led 19-0 entering the second quarter of action. Anderson's 33-yard run helped set up the touchdown that completed a 55-yard scoring drive.
Justice Cole scored the first of two Barton second quarter touchdowns with just 51 ticks off the clock. Cole hauled in a 35-yard strike from quarterback Laquarius Hall to put the Bears up 25-0.
Hall carried the ball in from nine yards out with 6 minutes left in the half to increase the Barton lead to 32-0. The Bears were unable to put up another touchdown before the half that would have put the Mercy Rule into effect.
The teams battled through a scoreless third quarter.
With 10:31 to play, Justin Wilson literally kicked in the Mercy Rule with a 28-yard field goal, completing the Bears scoring on the night.
Rose Bud, 2-2, would snap the Bears' shutout with a 6-yard touchdown run with just 4:25 to play.
Barton (4-0, 1-0) travels to Riverview Friday to take on the Raiders, 3-1.