Trailing 38-20 at the end of the third quarter, the Barton Bears roared back with a 38-point fourth quarter and pulled off an amazing 58-41 come-from-behind victory over the visiting Harding Academy Wildcats at Frank McClellan Field Friday night. The comeback was sparked by Wanya Wilkins 5-touchdown performance and Bradly Smith's three scores. The game had fans sitting on the edge of their seats from start to finish.

Trailing 38-20 at the end of the third quarter, the Barton Bears roared back with a 38-point fourth quarter and pulled off an amazing 58-41 come-from-behind victory over the visiting Harding Academy Wildcats at Frank McClellan Field Friday night. The comeback was sparked by Wanya Wilkins 5-touchdown performance and Bradly Smith's three scores. The game had fans sitting on the edge of their seats from start to finish.

Barton went 3 and out on its first possession. Harding took possession and steadily drove the ball down field and scored the first of many touchdowns on the night. The drive was capped off with a 6-yard run with 8:26 to play in the first quarter. The extra point gave the Wildcats the early lead at 7-0.

The Bears answered with an impressive 60-yard drive that ended on an 8-yard touchdown run by Wilkins at the 3:26 mark of the opening quarter. Wilkins also tacked on the 2-point conversion for an 8-7 Bears advantage.

For the next five minutes, the Wildcats took control of the game. With just 59 seconds left in the quarter, sophomore quarterback Davis Morgan tossed a 2-yard TD pass and reclaimed the lead at 14-8.

Following a Barton punt, the Wildcats put another drive together but the Bear stiffened and held and forced Harding to settle for a 28-yard field goal.

Barton cut the lead to 17-14 when Wilkins out raced the Wildcat defenders 58 yards his second touchdown of the night.

Harding Academy put the next three scores on the board. Two were of the long pass variety from Morgan – covering 60 and 65 yards respectively.At this point it appeared as though the Wildcats were cruising to an easy victory as the score soared to 31-14 just before the half.

Harding and Barton each scored in the third quarter. The Bears had the last shot at the end zone with less than a minute to play in the quarter and they took advantage of the opportunity. Smith marched the ball in from 13 yards out with 35 ticks left on the clock. The 2-point conversion failed and Barton trailed 38-20.

The fourth quarter was all Bears. After a successful on-side kick, Barton set up shop at the Harding 41. Eventually, Smith scored from 21 yards out. Quarterback Matt James ran in the 2-point conversion and things started to get real interesting at 38-28.

There wasn't a whole lot of solid defense that played out in the contest but the Bears defenders pulled off a couple of big plays, including two clutch interceptions.Mark Buie also contributed with a blocked punt earlier in the contest. Barton stymied a Wildcat drive forcing them to settle for a field goal putting Harding ahead 41-28 with 8:43 to play. That would be the last time the Wildcats would score.

It took a little over three minutes for Barton to respond. But respond they did scoring four touchdowns in less than four minutes of action.

Wilkins scored the first with 5:22 left in the game on a 4-yard run. Smith added the 2-point conversion. Harding 41-Barton 28.

With 2:33 remaining, Smith ran it in from 82 yards out and also scored the 2-point conversion.

Harding 41-Barton 36.

James picked off an errant pass setting up Barton's next score. Again, James called Wilkins number, who scooted 8 yards for the score. Smith ran in the 2-point conversion giving Barton the lead at 44-41 with 1:44 to play.

Wilkins scored on an 8-yard run and a 64 yard-interception return as Barton pulled off the unimaginable upset. Barton out scored the Wildcats 38-3 in the final quarter.

Barton (4-1, 1-1) travels to Marianna Friday night to take on the Trojans.