After spotting the defending state 3-A champions two touchdowns, the Barton Bears almost pulled off their second amazing comeback in what turned out to be a very positive and upbeat 2017 season.

The Bears rallied from a 33-12 deficit with a little over three minutes to play in the third quarter but eventually bowed to the Charleston Tigers, 39-34 in what ESPN might have labeled a high school football classic.

After spotting the defending state 3-A champions two touchdowns, the Barton Bears almost pulled off their second amazing comeback in what turned out to be a very positive and upbeat 2017 season.

The Bears rallied from a 33-12 deficit with a little over three minutes to play in the third quarter but eventually bowed to the Charleston Tigers, 39-34 in what ESPN might have labeled a high school football classic.

On their opening drive, Charleston drove the ball 37 yards in 3:47. The Tigers scored on a 31-yard pass play to go up 6-0 when the 2-point conversion failed.

Unlike last week when Devin Olloway raced 90-yards against the Paris Eagles on the Bears' first touch of the night, they fumbled the ball away at midfield.

Charleston eventually scored on a pass play that covered 9 yards. Again, the 2-point conversion attempt failed but with 5:31 left to play in the opening quarter, the Tigers led 12-0.

Turnovers and penalties plagued both teams all night. A 40-yard run by Wanya Wilkins was wiped out by an illegal procedure call. Bradly Smith recouped some of the yardage with a 23-yard gallop. The Bears drove to the Charleston 1 before coughing up the pigskin.

Olloway gave the Bears new life when he picked off an errant Tiger pass.

Charleston dominated the time of possession in the first quarter holding the ball for almost 9 minutes of the action.

The Bears got the goose egg off the scoreboard when Olloway raced 31 yards for the score at the 9:01 mark of the second quarter. The 2-point conversion attempt failed but the Bears had finally drawn blood, cutting the Tigers' lead in half at 12-6.

It took the Tigers just under two minutes to respond. A Charleston receiver got behind the Barton secondary and hauled in a long TD strike with 7:07 to play in the half. With the successful 2-point conversion attempt, Charleston upped its lead to 20-6.

Both teams would score one more time before the intermission. Olloway broke free again, this time for a 41-yard scoring trip. Again, the 2-point conversion failed but Barton closed the gap again to 20-12 at the 4:16 mark of the second quarter.

The Tigers put together another long, time consuming drive. However, they eventually had to settle for a 37-yard field goal. Barton actually outscored the Tigers 12-11 during the second 12-minute stretch.

Barton got the ball first to open the second half but quickly went three and out.

Charleston engineered yet another drive that culminated in a 3-yard touchdown run. The successful extra point try put the Tigers up 30-12 less than three minutes into the second half.

At this point, it appeared as though the Bear defense was beginning to run out of gas and it seemed as though the game was beginning to slip away.

Charleston added a 34-yard field with 3:35 to play in the third quarter to go up 33-12.

Smith took the ensuing kick off 80 yards to counter the field goal. Quarterback Matt James ran in the 2-point conversion and suddenly it was 33-20 with 3:20 remaining in the third quarter.

Tiger fans began to get a little nervous when Olloway broke free and scored on a 46-yard run at the 7:46 mark of the final quarter. James again added the 2-point conversion.

Charleston 33, Barton 28.

The Bears defense tightened up and forced the Tigers to punt.

Barton drove the ball to the Charleston 20 before turning the ball over on downs.

With just 1:15 to play it appeared as though Charleston had finally put the game on ice when they scored on a 35-yard run. The 2-point conversion failed.

Charleston 39, Barton 28.

The Bears simply refused to quit. With 32 seconds left Jaylon Johnson hauled in a 26-yard pass from James to cut the lead to 39-34.

Barton's onside kick attempt failed and Charleston managed to run out the clock.

Barton never led in the game. Charleston survived in order to be able to defend their state title this Friday night against the Osceola Seminoles.

Barton concluded a very successful 10-2 campaign under first-year head coach Clark McBride.