Quarterback Laquarius Hall pitched five touchdown passes to four different targets as the Barton Bears crushed the home-standing Riverview Raiders, 46-12.
Quarterback Laquarius Hall pitched five touchdown passes to four different targets as the Barton Bears crushed the home-standing Riverview Raiders, 46-12. The Bears and the Raiders exchanged touchdowns on their first possessions in what appeared to be a game that was going to develop into wide open shoot out. Barton completed an opening 70-yard drive with a 27-yard scoring strike from Hall to wide receiver Justice Cole at the 9:26 mark of the opening quarter. Riverview responded almost immediately with a 40-yard touchdown pass with 8:44 to play. The extra point was blocked and it was all Bears the rest of the way. Barton rolled off six unanswered touchdowns during a span of just 22 minutes of playing time. Speedy running back Cameron Anderson hauled in Hall's second TD strike of the night. The play came from 38 yards out with 6:21 still remaining in the first quarter. The Bears' final first quarter score came at the 2:50 mark when Hall hit Jordan Rose with an 8-yard touchdown pass. The Bears led 20-6 after the first 12 minutes of play. Just eight seconds into the second quarter, fullback Quinton Simmons raced 37 yards for Barton's first of only two rushing touchdown of the night. You will have to do a lot of digging in the Barton record books to find a Bears' game in which the passing game so dominated the ground attack. Barton's lead continued to swell. With 5:40 left in the half, Hall hooked up with Chajobie Fulcher for a 33-yard scoring play. After Anderson raced 24 yards for yet another Barton score, the Bears were within an extra point of kicking in the “Mercy Rule.” A bobbled snap from center prevented the kick attempt and the 2-point conversion was aborted. Barton led 40-6 at the intermission, 34-point advantage. It would be the 8:42 mark of the third quarter before the Mercy Rule finally went into effect. Hall connected with Cole for the second time – this time from 13 yards out. Riverview got on the scoreboard one more time with a 52-yard run from scrimmage with 6:39 remaining in the third quarter. The teams played a scoreless final 12 minutes. With the win, Barton remains undefeated at 5-0. They return to the friendly confines of Frank McClellan Friday night for a homecoming engagement with the Perryville Mustangs, 2-3. The Mustangs are coming off a 45-27 loss to Episcopal.