Bartlett Yancey proved Friday night that pulling off big plays is as easy as taking candy from a baby.
On a night where Homecoming festivities replaced Halloween celebrations and trick-and-treating, BY opened the quarter with three consecutive scoring plays and never looked back in a 42-6 rout of Carrboro in front of a packed crowd at Buccaneers Stadium.
BY (9-1, 2-1 Mid-State 2A) was a little slow out of the gate but still led 8-6 going into the break. The Bucs wasted little time changing the score line in the third, stringing together a three-play, 83-yard scoring drive to open the half. Junior running back Michael Slade started the drive with a 12-yard run for a first down and ended it with a 61-yard touchdown run down the left side. Slade’s partner in crime, senior running back Jacob Scales converted the ensuing 2-point conversion, pushing BY’s lead to 16-6 with 11:27 left in the period.
Carrboro (6-3, 2-2) showed a little momentum on its following possession but junior defensive end Miles Jefferson recorded a big sack and junior Justin Mitil and sophomore Dylan Wall teamed up for a sack, resulting in a loss of 20 yards and a Carrboro punt. The Jaguars’ defense hung tough, though, on the Bucs’ following possession, forcing a three-and-out and punt.
The Buccaneers’ offense bounced back on their following possession as Scales hopped on the big-play train and broke loose for a 61-yard score that increased the Bucs’ lead to 22-6 with 4:12 left in the third.
Sophomore quarterback Brendan Nunnally and junior Quinton Noble struck next as Nunnally hit Noble in stride with a pass that went 63 yards for a score and Scales converted the attempt, pushing BY’s lead to 30-6 with 1:24 on the clock.
BY didn’t limit itself to pulling off big plays in the third, though. With the game already in hand, Nunnally found Davon Lipscomb for a 41-yard touchdown pass that made it a 42-6 contest, leading to the final score.
“When our offensive line blocks good, everything else falls into place,” Nunnally said. “Then we catch the ball, execute the play the way it’s called and it’s good from there.”
Wall added, “I know if we smack them on defense that’s going to make them tired so when they go on defense, they can’t hold us.”
Things didn’t exactly go BY’s way on its first possession of the game. After a Nunnally pass to Jefferson went for 41 yards, moving the ball into the red zone, disaster happened as the Bucs coughed up the ball at the Carrboro 13-yard line. The Jaguars’ Dorian Stone scooped up the loose ball and took it 84 yards back, placing the ball at the BY 3-yard line. Two plays later, T.K. Paisant punched the ball into the end zone, giving the Jaguars an early 6-0 lead.
BY continued to struggle on offense until Nunnally found Quentin Barley for a 12-yard touchdown reception that gave the Bucs the lead for good with 2:02 left in the half.
“Resilience,” Nunnally said. “Coach preaches resiliency to us all the time and we’ve finally started listening to him.
“We’re in much better condition than a lot of the other teams we play,” Wall added. “They get tired after halftime but we don’t and that allows us to keep punching them.”
Nunnally threw for a career-high four touchdowns, while Barley, Noble, Jefferson and Lipscomb all had touchdown receptions. Scales and Slade added a score apiece on the ground.
BY concludes its season this Friday with a Senior Night matchup against long-standing rival Reidsville. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.