Torrious Burton scored four touchdowns of 19, 22, 1 and 34 yards respectively to lead the Barton Bears’ (6-2, 3-2 in the 2 3A Conference)  powerful ground attack to a 51-21 rout over the Mayflower Eagles (2-6, 2-3) here Friday night.

 

Torrious Burton scored four touchdowns of 19, 22, 1 and 34 yards respectively to lead the Barton Bears’ (6-2, 3-2 in the 2 3A Conference)  powerful ground attack to a 51-21 rout over the Mayflower Eagles (2-6, 2-3) here Friday night.
Barton’s first score came on a 4-play, 51-yard opening drive, ending with Burton’s 19-yard TD run.
It took the Bears less than two minutes to get into the end zone.
Barton’s second score came following a 54-yard drive that took less than a minute to complete.
Leading 13-0 at the end of the first quarter, lightning in the form of Burton struck again with a 1-yard run with 10:17 to play in the half.
Trailing 19-0, Mayflower refused to give up, Eagle quarterback Jordan Burns tossed the first of his three touchdowns on the night at the 6:24 mark of the second quarter.
Barton widened the gap again to 25-7 on a 45 –yard run by Hunter Mauldin with 5:08 left in the half. The Bears put the game out of reach at 33-7 just before the intermission on a 34-yard-run by Burton with 52 seconds remaining.
Burns’ second TD toss with 6:14 left in the third quarter trimmed the lead to 33-15 following a successful 2-point conversion. The Bears would score two more times before the Eagles could get on the scoreboard again.
Ethan Roberts broke loose for a 46-yard TD scamper at the 5:07 mark of the third quarter to increase Barton’s lead to 39-15. Roberts set up another Barton touchdown less than a minute later when he recovered a Mayflower fumble. With 4:32 left in the third quarter Pat Anderson hauled in a 17-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Marsalis Wilbourn to give Barton a 45-15 advantage. Barton’s final TD of the night came on a 1-yard run by Anderson with 1 minute remaining in the third quarter.
The “Mercy Rule” kicked in during the fourth quarter of action. The Eagles put together one final drive and put the ball into the end zone on an 11-yard pass from Burns with 3 minutes to play.
Burton finished the night with 137 yards on 13 carries and four touchdowns. Mauldin had five carries for 83 yards. The Bears rolled up 246 yards in total offense – 203 coming on the ground.  Defensively, Roberts had seven tackles and two fumble recoveries. Demarius Wilbourn and Jamarcus Brider each picked off an Eagle pass.
Barton returns home this Friday night to host the Riverview Raiders in a game that has huge playoff implications in the 2-3A Conference. The winner will probably finish second in the conference behind Harding Academy and earn a higher seeding in the state playoffs that begin in two weeks.