Barton needed only one member of its dreaded 3-headed backfield configuration to post their third consecutive win of the still young season. Wanya Wilkens scored three of the Bears' five touchdowns and a 2-point conversion en route to a 40-24 victory here over the home-standing Hornets.

Barton needed only one member of its dreaded 3-headed backfield configuration to post their third consecutive win of the still young season. Wanya Wilkens scored three of the Bears' five touchdowns and a 2-point conversion en route to a 40-24 victory here over the home-standing Hornets.

Wilkens capped off an impressive opening drive by the Bears that ate up 5:30 off the clock with an 8-yard touchdown scamper. Quarterback Matt James ran in the 2-point conversion for an 8-0 advantage halfway through the opening quarter.

Barton's defense forced Hazen to punt on their first possession of the night. However a Bear fumble gave the Hornets new life at the Barton 47. Hazen was able to eventually tie the game on a 9-yard run and a successful 2-point conversion pass at the 10:13 mark of the second quarter.

The Bears punted for the first time in 2017 on their next possession. But Barton got a second opportunity when the Hornets muffed the punt return and the Bears were able to set up shop at the Hazen 29.

With 5:50 to play in the half, Wilkens scored his second TD of the night on a short 6-yard jaunt into the end zone. Bradly Smith ran in the 2-point conversion and Barton regain the lead at 16-8.

Just over 1:30 later, aided by a major face-mask penalty, Hazen tied the score again this time on a 2-yard run and successful 2-point conversion.

The two teams went to the locker room tied 16-16.

It was old fashioned smash-mouth football the rest of the evening.

Just 1:27 into the second half, Wilkens put the Bears in the lead for good at 24-16 on a 51-yard run from scrimmage. He also added the 2-point conversion.

Barton did not score again until the 11:51 mark of the final quarter. James connected with Cameron McMurray on a 73-yard scoring strike. Devin Olloway ran in the 2-point conversion to give Barton a 32-16 cushion.

Hazen refused to give up. The Hornets closed the gap to 32-24 with 6:15 to play on a 7-yard touchdown run and 2-point conversion.

A bungled on-side kick by Hazen gave Barton excellent field position at the Hornet 40. Smith drilled the final nail in the Hornets' coffin with a 9-yard run with 2:15 to play. The final points of the night came on 2-point conversion by Tre'von House.

Barton, 3-0, opens 2-3A conference play Friday night when they travel to Mayflower to battle the undefeated Eagles, 3-0.