Homecoming 2013 was a joyous occasion for the Barton faithful Friday as they witnessed their Bears demolish the Perryville Mustangs, 42-0.
For the Barton defense it was their third shutout in six games. Offensively, the Bears rolled up more than 40 points, also for the third time this season.
It was all Bears from start to finish. As usual, the Bears spread the wealth when it came to scoring. Quarterback Laquarius Hall ran for one score and threw for two more. Cameron Anderson hauled in one touchdown pass and ran for another. Justice Cole was on the receiving end of one of Hall's TD tosses and Chajobie Fulcher and Jarrod Chandler contributed a pair of long scoring runs.
Barton's first score came quickly. At the 10:47 mark of the opening quarter, Fulcher raced 45 yards. It was almost eight minutes later before the Bears would score again. In between, Barton got a solid defensive play from Garrett Smart who recovered a Perryville fumble.
With 2:51 to play in the opening quarter, Cole latched on to a Hall pass and scored from 46 yards out.
Anderson opened the Bears' second quarter scoring by hauling in a 31-yard pass from Hall. It was Hall's seventh touchdown pass in just two games.
Phillip Thomas made a key quarterback sack from his linebacker's post to end a Perryville drive and forced a punt.
On a third and 20 play, Hall took off on a 21-yard touchdown run with 5:04 to play in the half. Anderson finished off Barton's first half scoring with a 2-yard run with 1:38 to play. In order to initiate the Mercy Rule, the Bears opted to go for the 2-point conversion. Fullback Quinton Simmons pounded the ball in to give Barton a 35-0 lead at the half.
Jarrod Chandler scored Barton's lone second half touchdown on a 60-yard run from scrimmage at the 7:35 mark of the third quarter.
With the loss, the Mustangs fall to 2-4 overall and 0-3 in the 2-3A Conference.
Barton kept its perfect record intact at 6-0, 3-0. They entered Friday's contest still ranked No. 3 in The Associated Press Class 3A high school football poll. The Bears continue a brief home stand this Friday when they host the Mayflower Eagles, 5-1, 3-0.