The Barton Bears, 9-3, will get an opportunity to extract a little revenge on the Arkansas Baptist Eagles, 11-1, tonight in the quarterfinal round of the Arkansas high school football playoffs. This marks the first time since 2003 that the Bears have reached the quarterfinals.

 

The Barton Bears, 9-3, will get an opportunity to extract a little revenge on the Arkansas Baptist Eagles, 11-1, tonight in the quarterfinal round of the Arkansas high school football playoffs. This marks the first time since 2003 that the Bears have reached the quarterfinals.
The Eagles humbled the Bears 33-0 back on Sept. 23 at Frank McClellan Field. However, on that night the Bears were without the services of quarterback Laquarius Hall. Last Friday night against the West Fork Tigers Hall accounted for 160 of the Bears 340 plus yards on the ground and scored all three touchdowns.
Barton’s defense also was clicking on all cylinders as the Bears shut down and out a powerful West Fork offense.
The Associated Press had the Bears an 11-point underdog to the Tigers while Hooten’s favored West Fork by 6 points. It was the second straight upset for the young Bears in the first two rounds of the playoffs. The Bears got the best of the Paris Eagles in the opening round by a score of 21-8.
Arkansas Baptist finished second in the 2-3A conference just behind the Harding Academy Wildcats. Barton came home third in the conference during the regular season.
The Eagles pounded Fouke 62-22 in their first playoff game. They followed that victory with an impressive 26-win over Harmony Grove. Arkansas Baptist’s win over Fouke was their first playoff victory since 2004 and currently have an overall playoff record of 5-7.
Until last Friday night’s win at Harmony Grove, the Eagles had never won a playoff game on the road and for the second time in the school’s football history advanced past the second round.
Freshman quarterback Riley Perkins completed 65 percent of his passes after taking over for injured quarterback Jack Easby-Smith in the Eagles 31-14 loss to Harding Academy – the team’s only loss of the season. Perkins also passed for over 1,200 yards and tossed 16 TD passes. On the ground, sophomore Jack Hansen and junior Cameron Scheckenbecher combined for over 1,100 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns.
The winner of the Barton-Arkansas Baptist showdown will take on the winner of the Prescott-Earle matchup on Dec. 2.