The last time the Bartlett Yancey football team started its season with six straight wins, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” was the No. 1 song in America.
BY hasn’t had a hard time finding satisfaction this season, as the Bucs have won all six of their games by a combined 28.8 points in their 6-0 start.
Each year, teams set their own themes or mantras heading into their preseason camps. While the Buccaneers’ season has left them unable to relate to the Stones’ hit, they have enjoyed the standards they set for themselves from the beginning.
“How we’re going to respond,” replied junior defensive end/tackle Ahmad Byrd.
Senior running back/linebacker Jacob Scales added a few themes of his own, saying, “Staying resilient. Staying together as a team.”
Senior cornerback/halfback Malik Brogdon spoke of the Bucs’ goals of being a well-glued group during the preseason.
“Brotherhood,” Brogdon said. “Nobody pointing fingers. Picking each other up.”
“There’s definitely been brotherhood,” said junior running back Michael Slade, concurring his teammate.
“Building a bond that can’t be broken,” concluded junior defensive end/wide out Miles Jefferson.
Let’s take a look at how each one of these themes have played out for the Bucs over the season.
Bartlett Yancey vs. Jordan-Matthews (Season-opener)
The Buccaneers entered their season opener looking to do a little pillaging and BY did just that, crushing Jordan Matthews, 52-17.
Senior quarterback Chase Johnson threw for 138 yards and four touchdowns, while also rushing for two and Slade ran for 116 yards and two scores on nine carries in the Bucs’ victory.
Sophomore wideout Davon Lipscomb recorded a 60-yard touchdown reception on his only catch of the game and sophomore wide receiver Isiah Torvik pulled in a passing score as well. Scales and Jefferson also chipped in with touchdown receptions of their own.
The Bucs’ defense also forced four fumbles in the game as senior Triston Winn, sophomore Dylan Wall, junior Justin Mitil and Byrd all picked up loose balls.
“It was great because we hadn’t started like that before,” Jefferson said. “It gave us a lot of momentum and we had to just keep building it from there.”
Byrd agreed, saying, “I would say it really gave us a lot of momentum and a lot of extra chemistry for us to win like that.”
BY’s defense set a trend against the Pirates that would continue throughout the season.
Against Bishop McGuiness, a game that ended with a 50-7 BY victory, the Bucs recorded a season-high six turnovers, giving them four games with four-plus forced turnovers.
“The same stuff, the same process that we go through in practice, and during game time, it’s going to show moving down the stretch,” Byrd said.
“Roll with it, keep grinding, and do our best with what we’ve got,” Scales said.
BY vs. Chapel Hill (Week 2)
BY junior wideout receiver/defensive back Quinton Barley looked over at his coaches after his team’s post-game huddle, smiled, and said, “I haven’t seen you guys smile like this in a long time.”
Barley, along with the rest of his teammates and coaching staff, had a reason to smile.
BY had just knocked off Chapel Hill, 30-19, thanks to a pair of unanswered touchdowns in the third quarter.
Slade got behind a monstrous block from Mitil and went untouched for a 16-yard score that gave BY a 24-19 edge with 3:08 left in the third.
The Tigers got as far the Bucs’ 7-yard line on their following possession, but BY’s defense made a huge stand, stopping Chapel Hill on a fourth-and-goal to get the ball back.
BY started the ensuing drive on its own 7-yard line, but a 23-yard run by Slade and 45-yard scamper from Johnson, got the Bucs into Tigers’ territory. Slade finished off the three-play, 93-yard drive, with a 26-yard touchdown run.
“Staying together, replied Brogdon, Byrd, Jefferson and Scales in unison, coincidentally enough.
“We had every reason in the world to lose that game, every reason in the world to fall apart like previous years, but everybody stood together …”
“And coach [Joshua Brumfield] gave us a really good halftime speech,” Jefferson said, smiling.
Slade finished with a game-high of 222 yards and a score on 19 carries, while Scales led the team with two scores. Barleey added a 40-yard touchdown reception that pulled BY within one, 19-18, going into the half.
Johnson threw for 102 yards and a score.
Jefferson led the defense with 10 tackles (eight solo), while Wall and Scales followed close behind with nine.
BY vs. Cedar Ridge (Week 3)
BY entered Week 3 flying high and they had every right.
After all, the Bucs had won each of their two games by a combined 28 points thanks to a pair of complete performances on every end of the field.
BY easily made it three in a row as its defense pitched its first shutout since 2007 in a 42-0 victory over Cedar Ridge.
“For one, I didn’t know that stat but that’s ridiculous to think that’s how many years it’s been since we’ve kept anybody off the board,” chuckled coach Joshua Brumfield.
BY forced six turnovers in the game, including four fumbles. Jefferson picked up two loose balls while junior Shahiem Boyd and senior Malik Brogdon each picked up a fumble as well. Boyd added two interceptions as well.
Johnson threw for 121 yards and two scores. Lipscomb hauled in six passes for 58 yards and a score. Boyd added a 38-yard scoring reception.
Scales and Slade each added a rushing touchdown, while Johnson punched the ball in on the ground as well.
Jefferson (12) and Wall (10) each recorded double-digit tackles for the Bucs.
BY vs. East Chapel Hill (Week 4)
BY increased its winning streak to four games with a thrilling 22-20 victory over East Chapel Hill.
Johnson, Scales and sophomore quarterback Brendan Nunnally all added scores on the ground for the Bucs.
Junior wide receiver Luis Berlanga caught five passes for 60 yards, while sophomore wide receiver Jayquan Morton recorded 60 receiving yards on three catches.
Nunnally, normally a wide receiver, entered the game under center after Johnson went down with an injury, adding 40 rushing yards.
Scales, along with his rushing score, picked up 150 yards on the ground.
Byrd led the defensive efforts with seven solo tackles, including two for a loss. Jefferson recorded six solo tackles while Wall picked up five and forced a fumble.
The game was another moment where the Bucs just found a way to win.
“Find a way to stay focused and working together,” Jefferson replied.
“It’s really just been talking out our problems, instead of arguing, not pointing fingers and keeping our heads up,” Slade said.
BY vs. KIPP Pride (Week 5)
Lipscomb hauled in a pass from Nunally in the third quarter of BY’s contest against KIPP.
He steam rolled one defender, popped another with a shoulder block and got behind a few weeks on his way to a 52-yard score.
Big plays were the norm for the Bucs, especially in the second half, as they cruised to a convincing, 36-6 win over the Pride.
Lipscomb’s highlight reel score and Slade’s ensuing 2-point conversion, gave BY a 28-6 cushion with 9:49 left to play in the third.
The big plays weren’t limited to the second half, though. With 10:54 remaining in the opening period, Slade sliced through the Pride’s defense for a 32-yard rushing score that capped a four-play, 57-yard drive.
Byrd had a simple answer for BY’s big-play making abilities.
“Knowing your assignments, knowing exactly what you need to do,” Byrd said.
“Knowing the right technique, knowing how to do everything right,” Brogdon added. “If everybody’s running the play it needs to be ran, you don’t have any other choice but for those big plays to break out.
BY vs. Bishop McGuinness (Week 6)
Bishop McGuinness had a few unkind words to say about the Bucs’ weight room facilities before the game.
Word got back to BY’s players and naturally, their competitive spirits kicked into overdrive and they came revved up to show the Villains there was more than meets the eye.
The Bucs did just that as they recorded five turnovers and scored 30 unanswered second-half points on the way to a 50-7 blowout victory.
BY proved the best offense is a good defense as it was the Bucs’ defensive efforts that played a key role in BY’s second-half run.
Barley recorded an interception deep inside the Villains’ territory, setting up a first-and-goal. Scales broke through for a 15-yard run that jumpstarted the onslaught.
Bishop McGuinness gave the ball right back to BY on its first play of its ensuing drive as Brogdon recorded the Bucs’ second pick in less that time. Slade repaid the favor, breaking loose for a 65-yard touchdown run and Scales converted the two points, giving the Bucs a 34-7 lead with under eight left in the third.
Bishop’s miscues continued as BY’s defense rounded out the hat trick when Wall intercepted a pass and took it to the end zone for a 42-7 Bucs’ lead.
“It was just keeping everything they had said in mind and use that force against them,” Scales said.
“If they don’t remember it, I remind them of it,” Brumfield said, laughing. “We use that as fuel, motivation and inspiration to go out there and get the job done.”
Jefferson added, “We just went out there and tried to hit them on the first play and wear them down and make them give up. Make them quit early.”
“Showing them we use that weight room,” Brogdon replied, chuckling.