Bartlett Yancey defeated Cedar Ridge 42-0 in a statement win for the Buccanners.
Both teams seemed evenly matched to start the game as neither of them could find the end zone throughout most of the first quarter.
Midway through the first quarter, the Buccaneers marched down the field and into Cedar Ridge territory for the first time in the game as the offense started to click. With the ball on the 15-yard line senior quarterback Chase Johnson hurled a pass near the left side of the end zone that was picked off by Cedar Ridge.
That was about the last bad thing that happened to Johnson and the Bucs on the night.
Bartlett Yancey returned the favor as junior cornerback Shahiem Boyd intercepted a pass at the Buccaneers own 44-yard line. From there, the combination of junior Michael Slade’s running and a Johnson pass to sophomore Davon Lipscomb put the Buccaneers in scoring position just outside the red zone.
Then, Johnson handed the ball off to Slade, who busted through the line and ran 22 yards for a Buccaneer touchdown to give them a 6-0 lead, but the two-point conversion was no good.
With two minutes passed in the second quarter, the game remained 6-0. Cedar Ridge, who was backed up to its own end zone, fumbled the snap and Bartlett Yancey grabbed the loose ball in the end zone for an easy second touchdown. The two-point conversion after the play was no good, but the Buccaneers had catapulted out to a 12-0 lead with a little under 10 minutes to go in the second.
Shortly after, Bartlett Yancey had Cedar Ridge pinned back at its own 12-yard line when Boyd nabbed his second interception, giving the Buccaneers great field position. This drive ended on a 2-yard rush from Johnson on a 4thand 2. Johnson converted the two points with a pass to Lipscomb to make the score 20-0. In addition to Boyd picking off two passes, he also hauled in a 38-yard touchdown catch in the victory.
It was a coming out party for the junior, who has come along way since last fall.
“I feel like I got better, you know,” Boyd said. “Last year I wasn’t ready for varsity, I was still ready for JV.”
The Buccaneers forced fumbles on the next three kickoff returns from Cedar Ridge and were able to capitalize on all three. The trio of turnovers inflated the score from 20-0 to a 42-0 lead before halftime.
In the second half, Bartlett Yancey held the Red Wolves in check and due to the 40-point lead, the clock continued to run. From there, the Buccaneers did not score again, but the damage had already been done thanks to the 42-point outburst in the first half.
Head Coach Joshua Brumfield said he was pleased with the effort shown from his team in its third straight victory to begin the 2019 season.
“Sheer effort and not slowing down after having some success,” Brumfield said. “I mean we didn’t have anybody slacking off anybody taking plays off just sheer effort was what I was impressed about.”
Coach Brumfield felt Boyd was a key player who committed this year and turned his game around.
“He’s the type of kid that you coach for,” Brumfield said. “His overall commitment just changed his whole life around and I wouldn’t have wanted it any more for anybody else.”
Bartlett Yancey visits the East Chapel Hill Wildcats Friday, Sept. 13, where they look to move to 4-0 on the year.