This week Barton moves up a rung on the Class 3A Arkansas high school playoff ladder. Last week, the Bears took advantage of three big plays to upset the Paris Eagles in their home nest.

 

This week Barton moves up a rung on the Class 3A Arkansas high school playoff ladder. Last week, the Bears took advantage of three big plays to upset the Paris Eagles in their home nest.
The Bears were a No. 3 seed trying to oust a No. 2 seed in the opening round. They succeeded. Paris was a two-touchdown favorite coming into the contest but Barton pulled out a 21-8 victory.
It was the defense that generated Barton’s first score when defensive back Demarius Wilbourn picked off an Eagle pass and returned it 31 yards for the score. Paris came right back with touchdown and 2-point conversion to go up 8-7. The lead lasted just 30 seconds when Kedrick Jackson took the ensuing kickoff and returned it 98 yards for the score.
All this action took place in the second quarter.
Barton scored the game’s only other touchdown late in the third quarter when Jackson raced 75 yards for his second touchdown of the night. Accurate and dependable Justin Wilson nailed all three of his extra point opportunities.
The trip to Paris was a long western trip for the Delta’s Bears but the trip to West Fork will be an even longer road trip tonight.
The Tigers, a No. 1 seed, rolled all over the Mayflower Eagles, 46-21, in their opening round contest a week ago. West Fork is 8-3 overall – just like the Bears – but went undefeated in the 3A-1 conference, winning the conference championship.
West Fork reached the 3A semifinals last season. Eventual state champion Rivercrest managed to hold on for a 17-14 victory after the Tigers rallied for 14 points during an 18-minute span in the second half.
Offensively these Tigers have plenty of teeth. Quarterback Dylan Harrison passed for 1,092 yards and tossed 16 TD passes in 2010. All-state running back Wil Jarnagan rushed for more than 1,500 yards and scored 18 touchdowns a year ago.
Only three starters return from a squad that allowed only 11 points per game in 2010. Chris Worley, a senior and all-league performer, anchors the defensive line.
Round two of the playoffs begins at 7:30.