Barton used a powerful and explosive ground game to rip the West Fork Tigers 23-0 on their home turf Friday night in the second round of the Arkansas High School playoffs.

 

 Barton used a powerful and explosive ground game to rip the West Fork Tigers 23-0 on their home turf Friday night in the second round of the Arkansas High School playoffs.
The Bears (9-3) dominated almost every phase of the contest against the Tigers and ran twice as many offensive plays as West Fork and the defense blanked the Tigers. The victory put the Bears in the quarterfinals of the playoffs for the first time since 2003. They will take on Arkansas Baptist at Little Rock Friday night.
Coach Van Paschal told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that he was surprised at the success his team had on the ground against a “good West Fork defense.” Paschal said the team ran the ball consistently and never stopped.
Baton generated 342 yards on the ground and quarterback Laquarius Hall produced more than 160 of those yards on his own, scoring all three of the team’s touchdowns. Hall, however, was not the only producer. The Bears’ offensive line managed to rip huge holes in the West Fork defensive line allowing five Barton running backs to pick up 20 first downs.
West Fork managed only 69 yards in total offense on the night and picked up only two first downs. During the second and third quarters, Barton got off more than 40 plays compared to the Tigers 10.
Tiger quarterback Dylan Harrison rushed for a team-high 51 yards but was o for 8 passing with an interception. Senior running back Wil Jarnagan was held to just 17 yards on 13 rushes.
Barton picked up a safety midway through the opening quarter and dominated possession in the second quarter.
The Bears put together two long, impressive scoring drives before the half that took 14 and 11 plays respectively.
West Fork had possession of the ball only four times in the second half, picking up only one first down and 23 yards in total offense.