Bartlett Yancey scored 30 unanswered points in the third quarter on its way to a 50-7 rout of Bishop McGuinness Friday night.
The win secured BY’s first winning season in 24 years and its best start since 1965.
BY (6-0) shrugged off its first-half slumber in the third. It was the Bucs’ defense, however, that got their offense started. Junior defensive back Quentin Barley stepped in front of a pass delivered by quarterback Risdon Williams and pulled it in for the pick. A few players later, senior running back Jacob Scales broke through for a 15-yard run that jumpstarted the onslaught.
Bishop McGuinness (1-5) gave the ball right back to BY on its first play of the ensuing drive as senior cornerback Malik Brogdon recorded the Bucs’ second pick in less that time. BY’s offense once again repaid the favor as junior running back Michael Slade broke loose for a 65-yard touchdown run and Scales converted the two points, giving the Bucs a 34-7 lead with 7:59 left in the third quarter.
The Villains’ miscues continued as BY’s defense rounded out the hat trick when sophomore linebacker Dylan Wall intercepted a Williams’ pass and took it back for a 30-yard score and sophomore quarterback Brendan Nunnally converted the 2-point attempt, making it a 42-7 ball game with 6:58 left in the third. Scales rounded out the 30-point swing when he took a Nunnally pass in for a 52-yard touchdown that led to the final score.
BY didn’t have its usual firepower coming out the gate. Neither did Bishop McGuinness. Both teams traded three-and-outs through the first quarter and the scoring didn’t start until the beginning of the second quarter when Scales found the end zone from 38 yards out, giving the Bucs a 6-0 lead at the 11:53 mark. The Villains didn’t waste any time answering, stinging BY with a 54-yard touchdown reception by senior wideout Andrew Budzinski that gave Bishop a brief lead, 7-6, with 9:36 remaining.
The Bucs continued the newfound shootout theme on their following drive, putting together a 13-play, 63-yard scoring drive that helped give them the lead for good. The drive was highlighted by sophomore wide receiver Jayquan Morton’s 30-yard reception that gave the Bucs the ball on the Villains’ 6-yard line. Two plays later, junior Quinton Noble found the end zone from 3-yards out and junior Miles Jefferson converted the 2-point attempt, giving BY a 14-6 lead with 5:13 remaining in the first half. Slade finished off the 20-point second with his electrifying 53-yard run with under a minute-and-a-half until the break.
Scales found the end zone on runs of 38 and 15 yards and added a 57-yard touchdown reception to round out the hat trick. Slade followed close behind, scoring on runs of 53 and 65 yards. Noble added a score on the ground, while Wall recorded a pick-6.
Scales added a game-high 138 rushing yards to go along with his three touchdowns.
Junior Kyman Little-Tyler led BY’s defense, recording 10 tackles, including eight solo. Jefferson added eight tackles (four solo), while Wall added seven tackles — four solo. Brogdon pulled down a team-high two interceptions and added a fumble recovery for good measure. Barley picked up an interception as well.
The Bucs’ defense recorded five takeaways — four interceptions and a fumble — giving them their fourth game with four-plus turnovers.
BY will look to make it seven in a row when it hosts Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy at 7:30 p.m.