BARTON — After falling to Harding Academy last week, Mayflower hoped to finish with the second seed in the 2-3A Conference.
That got a little harder Friday night.
Barton scored 30 points in the second half en route to a 42-32 victory at Bear Stadium. With the loss, the Eagles (3-5, 3-2) will now need help to earn the second seed.
"We gave up too many big plays," Mayflower coach Jed Davis said. "Out of the six touchdowns they had, we gave them five."
Four of Barton’s touchdowns came as a result of turnovers — two fumbles and two interceptions. The Bears (5-2, 4-1) also hooked up on a long touchdown pass after the Eagle defender slipped and fell on the play.
Barton now sits alone in second place, while Harding Academy is still in front. With that in mind, Davis knows the importance of the final two games.
"We’ve got to win out," the Mayflower coach said. "We’ve got two winable games left. We need to secure at least the third seed."
The Eagles led 16-14 at halftime, but the Bears scored 14 points in the third quarter and shut out Mayflower in the period. Both teams scored two touchdowns each in the fourth.
Demetris Lasker scored touchdown runs of 5 and 4 yards. Jordan Dycus three a 9-yard touchdown pass to Lane Mabry and a 46-yarder to Chris Hale. The Eagles converted a 2-point conversion after each touchdown.
Mayflower will try to right things next week, hosting England.