MAYFLOWER – Two teams entered Friday night as the last two undefeated teams in the 3A-2 conference.
Mayflower stayed undefeated when the night ended.
The Eagles (4-0, 1-0 3A-2) defeated the Barton Bears (3-1, 0-1 3A-2) 55-36 behind strong play out of the backfield and the defense.
"It all went through our defensive line tonight," Mayflower coach Todd Langrell said. "Barton came to play and had some big guys up front, but the resilience our defensive line had. Everybody was on the same page. We had a great game plan and our coaches did a great job of figuring out a game plan.
"We looked far and wide with coaches around the state on how to defend that flexbone. We had a good plan and coach Harrison did a great job putting it together."
The Eagles jumped to an early 6-0 lead when junior wide receiver Keon Simmons capped a 66-yard drive, but failed to convert the two-point conversion.
Barton looked to answer, but turned the ball over. Mayflower then gave the ball back to the Bears, leading to a 22-yard touchdown run, tying the game at 6 after a failed two-point conversion.
On the first play from scrimmage after another Barton turnover, junior running back and Keon’s twin, Deon Simmons, took the ball 45 yards for a touchdown.
The Eagles missed the two-point conversion again, but would get those two points back when it recorded a safety on the Bears when the ball slipped through the punter’s hands.
The two teams would trade scores from here before Deon Simmons scored two touchdowns in 30 seconds. One came from 48 yards out, while the other from 15 yards out after Mayflower forced a Barton fumble.
This lead to a 34-14 Eagles lead heading to halftime.
"Those were game-changers," Langrell said. "I don’t know how much to tell you about how good Keon and Deon are. They can make people miss. They are special, and I think they are two of the best players in the state. They play a lot bigger than their size and they’ve got great speed, and they read blocks really well."
From there, the Mayflower lead never fell under 12 points.
After Barton scored on a 4-yard rush, bringing the score to 48-36, the Bears defense forced Mayflower to punt.After driving deep in Eagle territory, senior quarterback Matt James was intercepted by Keon, effectively sealing the game for Mayflower.
However, Deon wasn’t finished as he broke an 87-yard touchdown, proving to be icing on the cake.
Deon finished the game with 354 yards rushing and five touchdowns on 32 attempts. Keon had 82 yards rushing on seven carries and two touchdowns.
The Eagles have scored 49 points in each of its four games.
Mayflower moves its focus to a road game at 2-2 Bald Knob, who knocked off 3A-2 power Harding Academy on Friday, 14-13.