Vernon Barnes and Jaylan Wilson both scored three times Friday as the Bay High Tigers and head coach Ben Foreman notched their first victory of the season by taking down the Richton Rebels, 55-42.
“It’s a great feeling, but I am just so happy for these kids,” Foreman said. “Our offense played well all evening. It was an exciting game and a team effort.”
Barnes opened the scoring with the first of his three scores on a 10-yard run at the 10:33 mark of the first quarter.
Richton answered with a 10-yard run by Daylan Jones on their next drive.
The point-after failed and the Tigers still held a 7-6 lead.
Bay extended the lead early in the second quarter when quarterback Jaylon Wilson connected with Justin McKee on a touchdown pass.
Jones scored on a 50-yard run and a successful 2-point conversion tied the game 14-14 with 6:30 to play in the half.
The Tigers jumped ahead on a 10-yard scoring run by Wilson to take a 20-14 lead at the 4:50 mark of the second quarter.
Jones then tallied his third score of the game with a 57-yard run and another 2-point conversion gave Richton a 22-20 lead late in the half.
Bay answered with 37 to play in the half on a touchdown by Barnes.
“The score before the half was huge,” Foreman said. “It gave us a lot of momentum and we rolled it over to the second half.”
Bay recovered a fumble to start the third and turned it into points a few plays later on Barnes’ third score of the game to make the score 35-22.
Richton answered with a 60-yard run by Jones for his fourth score of the game. The point-after failed.
The Tigers then put the game away with two scores from Wilson of 22 and two yards, respectively and a 65-yard rumble for a score by Sam Sheppard to make the score 55-28.
Jones collected his fifth score of the game with five minutes to play and the Rebels added another score in the final minute to close the scoring at 55-42.
Larry Wilson of the Richton Dispatch contributed to this story.