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Bandys put all the pieces of the puzzle together Friday in a 39-19 win over East Burke. The Trojans amassed 460 yards of total offense â€” 229 rushing and 231 passing yards, in the win.
â€śWe played a few good games against some good teams this season,â€ť Bandys head coach Randy Lowman said. â€śIâ€™m just happy we put it all together to get a win.â€ť
Trojan quarterback David Barrow worked mostly in the shotgun formation and capitalized on spreading out the Cavalier defense.
â€śIt was more like the old days, as far as throwing it around tonight,â€ť Lowman said with a smile. â€śWe really gained some confidence in our passing game as the game went on.â€ť
Barrow showed confidence by getting Bandys on the scoreboard with a 6-yard pass to Gerren White in the first quarter. The junior connected on a scoring pass again in the second quarter, finding Kenny Hodge (four receptions, 116 yards and a touchdown) on a 60-yard pass.
â€śEast Burkeâ€™s strength was stopping the run â€” they were handling our guys up front,â€ť Lowman said. â€śBefore our second offensive series, we decided to go to the spread and we hit some big plays.â€ť
After a 19-yard rushing touchdown by Cavalier quarterback Timmy Page, Barrow answered with an 8-yard rushing touchdown to give Bandys an 18-6 lead.
â€śHe made the plays he should have in the passing game,â€ť Lowman said of his quarterback, â€śbut he also ran the ball pretty well also, which is a big positive.â€ť
Barrow finished the game 10-for-18 passing for 231 yards and two touchdowns. He also had 58 rushing yards and a touchdown.
â€śDavidâ€™s gotten a lot better,â€ť Lowman said. â€śEarly on, I think we put too much on him too early but I think he is doing a good job for us.â€ť
East Burke fought back, however, cutting the Trojansâ€™ lead to 18-13 at halftime on a 9-yard run by Bradley Teague. Teague, a sophomore, just moved up for the Cavaliers junior varsity team this week, and finished the game with 26 yards on seven carries and two touchdowns. Page went 3-for-19 passing for 50 yards and rushed 12 times for 46 yards and a touchdown for East Burke.
â€śWe made a go at it in the first half,â€ť East Burke head coach Jim Ruark said. â€śBut they made the big plays when they had to so we played from behind all night.â€ť
Jesse Goodwin also scored for Bandys with a 25-yard run in the opening minutes of the second half. Goodwin had three carries for 39 yards and a touchdown and added three receptions for 34 yards. Running back Tewon Smith finished the game with 112 yards on the ground and two touchdowns â€“ a 1-yard plunge in the third quarter and a 56-yard burst in the fourth.
East Burke (0-10, 0-6 CVAC) wraps up their season next week at home against South Iredell while Bandys (3-7, 1-5 CVAC) will travel to Bunker Hill next week in its season finale.View more articles in: