Wanya Wilkins was back at full speed for the first time in three weeks and it was the Episcopal Wildcats that paid the price on the Barton Bears's homecoming night.

Wilkins broke loose for a pair of touchdown runs and a couple of long gainers in the first quarter en route to the Bears 39-22 thrashing of the Wildcats. The game was not as close as the score might indicate.

Wanya Wilkins was back at full speed for the first time in three weeks and it was the Episcopal Wildcats that paid the price on the Barton Bears's homecoming night.

Wilkins broke loose for a pair of touchdown runs and a couple of long gainers in the first quarter en route to the Bears 39-22 thrashing of the Wildcats. The game was not as close as the score might indicate.

Wilkins' first TD run came at the 10:16 mark of the opening quarter on a 28-yard run. Jaylon Johnson tacked on the extra point to put Barton up 7-0. The score capped a 63-yard drive that took only 1:44 to complete.

Episcopal fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Barton set up shop at the Wildcat 35. Wilkins scored his second TD of the night on a 21-yard run from scrimmage. The Wildcats blocked the extra point to hold the Bears to a 13-0 advantage.

Barton scored on their first four possessions. Quarterback Matt James put the Bears' third touchdown of the night on the scoreboard on a 44-yard run with 6:10 still remaining in the first quarter. Levon Dowd ran in the 2-point conversion.

Another Episcopal fumble had the Bears operating from the Wildcats' 38. It took Barton 1:38 to put the ball in the end zone again. This time, Kavien Davis toted the ball in from three yards out. The extra point kick failed.

Barton led 27-0 following the first 12 minutes of play.

Jonathan Boyd picked off a Wildcat pass just six seconds into the second quarter. At this point, the Bears appeared to be the irresistible force and unstoppable object in one cohesive unit. The Bears put together an 87-yard drive that consumed 3:23. Davis capped off the drive with a 42-yard run.

Again the extra point kick fell short of its mark.

The Bears had some problems with penalties and fumbles during the course of the contest. One fumble set up Episcopal's first score of the night. Using their timeouts wisely, Episcopal methodically drove the ball to the Barton 12 with just 14 seconds remaining in the half. With just three ticks left on the clock, Phillip Bryant lofted a 13-yard scoring strike enabling the Wildcats to avoid a shutout.

Barton led 33-6 at the intermission.

Episcopal came out fired up in the second half.

Bryant scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak and the successful 2-point conversion making it 33-14.

The Bears came roaring back. Bradly Smith scored Barton's final touchdown of the night on a 58-yard run with 2:59 left in the third quarter.

Another Barton fumble gave the Wildcats yet another opportunity. Episcopal scored from four yards out with 2:43 to play.

Episcopal actually outscored Barton 8-6 during the third quarter and 16-6 in the second half.

Most of the second half was played with the mercy rule in effect.

Barton (7-1, 4-1) stay home Friday night to host the Cedar Ridge Timbervolves ( 4-4, 3-2) in another key 2-3A Conference showdown.