Bartlett Yancey's Buccaneer football pummeled conference foe Chatham Central 54-6 on the road last Friday, ending a three-game losing streak and keeping alive hopes for a playoff bid.

In a game that was never in doubt, the Bucs rolled for nearly 500 yards total offense, putting up 28 first half points and adding another 26 after the break.

“We just wore them down and pretty much scored at will after that,” summarized Bucs' coach Joshua Brumfield.

BY is now 5-3 overall and 2-2 in the 1A/2A East Conference 14 standings. That puts them fourth behind Cummings (6-1, 4-0), North Moore (7-1, 2-1) and Graham (4-3, 2-1). The Bucs' two conference losses have been to Cummings and North Moore. They defeated Graham, which has yet to play the two conference leaders.

Brumfield said his Buccaneers were “a little slow” cranking up the offense in the early going, but the defense bottled up the Bears all night. Chatham Central (1-6, 1-3) avoided the shutout with a late fourth quarter scoring pass. By then Bucs starters were watching it all from the sidelines.

“We played everybody, even our JV guys,” Brumfield said.

He praised the offensive line in particular, along with wide receiver Maurice Thomas, linebacker Dylan Wall and running back Donte Slade. 

Slade, back from Covid protocol, rushed for 103 yards and two touchdowns.

“He was the one carrying it most of the time,” Brumfield said.

The coach called Wall “just dominate” on the defensive side of the ball, and said Thomas, who caught two touchdown passes, “made some big plays” when things were going slowly for the Bucs.

Back in the lineup for BY was offensive star Jayquan Morton, a wide receiver who had missed several games with a hamstring injury. He saw limited action last Friday, but Brumfield said he hopes to have him back full time the rest of the season.

Against Chatham Central, the Bucs, who didn't have to punt the ball during the game, amassed 319 rushing yards and 163 passing yards for a total 482 yards. Quarterback Brendan Nunnally ran for two touchdowns and accounted for all the passing stats. 

The Bucs close out the conference season Friday at Jordan Matthews (0-8, 0-4).