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 — 229 rushing and 231 passing yards, in the win.
“We played a few good games against some good teams this season,” Bandys head coach Randy Lowman said. “I’m just happy we put it all together to get a win.”
Trojan quarterback David Barrow worked mostly in the shotgun formation and capitalized on spreading out the Cavalier defense.
“It was more like the old days, as far as throwing it around tonight,” Lowman said with a smile. “We really gained some confidence in our passing game as the game went on.”
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.
“East Burke’s strength was stopping the run — they were handling our guys up front,” Lowman said. “Before our second offensive series, we decided to go to the spread and we hit some big plays.”
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.
“He made the plays he should have in the passing game,” Lowman said of his quarterback, “but he also ran the ball pretty well also, which is a big positive.”
Barrow finished the game 10-for-18 passing for 231 yards and two touchdowns. He also had 58 rushing yards and a touchdown.
“David’s gotten a lot better,” Lowman said. “Early on, I think we put too much on him too early but I think he is doing a good job for us.”
East Burke fought back, however, cutting the Trojans’ 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.
“We made a go at it in the first half,” East Burke head coach Jim Ruark said. “But they made the big plays when they had to so we played from behind all night.”
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 – 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.