The No. 11 ranked Barton Bears moved up five spots in the Hootens.com Class 3A state poll with a 41-14 win over Rose Bud on Friday night in the 2-3A conference opener in Barton.
Senior wingback Kendrick Jackson led the Bears, carrying 13 times for 262 yards and three touchdowns while also catching a 10-yard touchdown.
Barton, which moved up to No. 6 in the state with the win, jumped out to a 13-0 lead and took a 27-7 advantage to the fourth quarter before breaking loose on two long scoring runs to ice the game.
"I thought in the second half we wore down a little and their speed got loose," said Rose Bud Coach Steve Rose. "The first half defensively we played real well. Early in the game we moved deep into their territory and would just stall out and not move the ball. We struggled making catches. I thought we played okay. But, I didn't think we played near to our ability and I thought they played pretty well."
Rose Bud junior quarterback Christian Reynolds finished with approximately 152 passing yards, including two touchdowns and junior running back picked up 104 yards on the ground. Barton keyed on stopping Reynolds from running and had success.
Senior receiver Dillon Reesnes played an outstanding game on both sides of the ball for the Ramblers. Reesnes racked up 82 receiving yards and two touchdowns including one from 34 yards out and another from 25 yards out.
Reesnes, a strong safety/outside linebacker, recorded 10 total tackles including seven for a loss and three sacks. "He played very, very well," emphasized Rose.
The Ramblers (2-1, 0-1) host No. 2 ranked Harding Academy (3-0, 1-0) on Friday at 7 p.m.