The Bartlett Yancey Buccaneers (3-0) defeated the Cedar Ridge Red Wolves, 42-0. The Red Wolves (0-2) dug an early deficit behind three fumbled kickoff returns in the second quarter that allowed Bartlett Yancey to pull away Friday in Hillsborough.
The Red Wolves punted the ball their first drive, allowing the Buccaneers to start with solid field position, but with an interception from senior K.J. Barnes thwarted the early offensive threat. While advancing down the field, sophomore William Berger threw an interception of his own to give the ball to Bartlett Yancey on the team's own 44-yard line.
As a result of the strong starting field position, Bartlett Yancey was able to march the ball down the field and score the first touchdown of the game. Although the Buccaneers missed the two-point conversion, they still led, 6-0. However, the Red Wolves defense was able to hold its opponent scoreless for the remainder of the quarter.
On the first drive of the second quarter, the Red Wolves faced a 3rd-and-15 backed up in their own end zone when the snap was fumbled. Bartlett Yancey scooped the ball up in the end zone to push the lead to 12-0 but failed on another two-point conversion.
From there Cedar Ridge was on its own 13-yard line when another pass from Berger was intercepted and returned to the 10-yard line. With this great field position, Bartlett Yancey capitalized, but it wasn’t until a two-yard dash on fourth down that the Buccaneers grew the lead to 18-0. With the successful two-point conversion Cedar Ridge found themselves down, 20-0.
Then, the Red Wolves faced more trouble as the kickoff return was fumbled and recovered by Bartlett Yancey. This led to another touchdown by the Buccaneers, and with a successful two-point conversion made the deficit, 28-0.
The next kickoff return for Cedar Ridge was also fumbled and recovered by Bartlett Yancey. With the ball on the Cedar Ridge 37-yard line, Bartlett Yancey hurled a 37-yard touchdown pass to inflate the deficit to 34-0.
Unfortunately for Cedar Ridge, the bad luck didn’t stop as the next kickoff was fumbled and picked up by Bartlett Yancey. The Buccaneers completed a 14-yard touchdown pass and another two-point conversion to take a 42-0 lead.
The Red Wolves fended off the attack and kept the deficit 42-0 into halftime.
But it was truly a tale of two halves for the Red Wolves as they kept Bartlett Yancey off the scoreboard to start the third quarter and got to the Buccaneers’ 36-yard line before a turnover on downs. The Red Wolves then forced, and subsequently recovered, a fumble.
Through the rest of the game Cedar Ridge played solid defense and kept Bartlett Yancey from scoring for the entire second half, but unfortunately were unable to score any points of their own, leading to a 42-0 final.
Head Coach Torrean Hinton said despite the struggles in the first half his team rose to the challenge in the second half and it was a different attitude.
“The second half challenge was to be a different you, and despite the running clock, or whatever you want to look at, we came out here and the effort was just way better,” Hinton said. “But, leaving the second half I told my guys I couldn’t be more proud of them, how they fought in the second half and made that scoreboard just stand still.”
Hinton was especially proud of the effort put forth by sophomore running back Isaiah McCambry in the second half. On the night, McCambry ran for 79 yards on 13 carries.
“He had a fantastic game in the second half, Hinton said. “In the first half he had some good runs we just got to be able to block for him a bit better.”
Cedar Ridge will play visitor to the Southern Lee Cavaliers Friday, Sept.13 at 7:30 p.m.