Arkansas Baptist football fans must be still scratching their heads after witnessing the unleashing of the Barton Bears in an old fashioned and thorough 42-7 whipping in the quarterfinal round of the Arkansas high school football playoffs here Friday night.  The win was 68-point turn around from the Sept. 23 meeting in which the Eagles blanked the Bears 33-0 at Frank McClellan Field.

 

Arkansas Baptist football fans must be still scratching their heads after witnessing the unleashing of the Barton Bears in an old fashioned and thorough 42-7 whipping in the quarterfinal round of the Arkansas high school football playoffs here Friday night.  The win was 68-point turn around from the Sept. 23 meeting in which the Eagles blanked the Bears 33-0 at Frank McClellan Field.
The Bears welcomed back December football in resounding fashion. They continue an amazing playoff run as a No. 3 seed in the 3A competition.  Will the Bears achieve the St. Louis Cardinals miracle run to the World Series with a return engagement to the championship round on Dec. 10? Only the Prescott Curly Wolves stand in their way.
Barton got their first score of the evening in an unusual fashion. The Bears took their opening drive to the Eagles 1 yard line where they coughed up the football. On the Eagles first play from scrimmage, linebacker Ethan Roberts nailed the Arkansas running back for a safety. That score came at the 6:15 mark of the opening quarter.
The Bears got the ball back on a free kick and proceeded to put together another impressive dive. Running back Hunter Mauldin capped off the short drive with a 7-yard touchdown run with 4:56 left in the first quarter. Justin Wilson’s extra point made the score 9-0.
That’s where the score stood until the 10:55 mark of the second quarter. Arkansas Baptist pulled as close as they would get on the night when they took advantage of a failed Barton onside kick. The Eagles scored on a 2-yard run and a successful extra point to close the gap to 9-7.
Barton responded just over six minutes later when running back Kendrick Jackson hauled in a 16-yard pass from quarterback Laqarius Hall with 4:38 to play in the half. The teams went to the locker room at the intermission with Barton leading 16-7.
The Bears took control of the contest with a 19-point outburst in the third quarter.  Just less than three minutes into the second half, Hall raced 27 yards for a score to put Barton up 23-7. A little more than four minutes later the Bears were on the scoreboard again when Hall flipped a short 4-yard touchdown strike to give Barton a 29-7 advantage.
With 2:17 left in the third quarter, Justin Cole put the game on ice when he picked off an Arkansas Baptist pass and scampered 80 yards for a touchdown.
Jackson scored the game’s final touchdown on a 3-yard run with 10:09 to play. The touchdown and Wilson’s extra point invoked the mercy rule.
The win advances Barton to the semifinal round of the playoffs for the first time since 2003. Again, they will be on the road when they travel Friday night to Prescott.