Bulldogs get into win column, 32-22
By Gerry Steele
WEISER — What a difference a week makes.
Two weeks ago Baker traveled to Redmond and dropped a 30-0 nonleague football game to Ridgeview.
Friday, the Bulldogs evened their season record at 1-1 with a 32-22 victory over Weiser at Weiser.
“The kids did very well,” said Baker coach Dave Johnson.
“It was a good win. We talked about transforming all week long, and the kids did a good job of doing that.
“We talked about the growth. The kids are all buying into what we want to do,” Johnson said.
Baker’s offense, shut out in the opener, scored in every quarter against the Wolverines.
Quarterback Thomas Hamilton threw for three touchdowns and 195 yards. He also ran for 104 yards.
Running back Ben Baxter caught one touchdown pass, and scored another TD on a run. He finished with 106 yards on the ground.
Keaton Bachman caught the other two TD passes, and added an interception on defense.
“Weiser was doubling up on Colby O’Grady after he had the big game receiving against Ridgeview,” Johnson said.
“Keaton stepped up and did the job this time. We were able to spread the ball around to most of our receivers, which is something we always like to do.”
Johnson said Bachman’s interception, in the third period, also played a role in the win.
“Keaton got that pick, and got some blocks ahead of him. Bingo, bango, bongo we’re in the end zone again,” Johnson said.
“Thomas made some real good decisions. We caught the ball better. And, the guys up front markedly improved.”
Baker broke the scoring ice midway through the first quarter when Hamilton found Bachman on a 25-yard touchdown aerial. Hamilton connected with Lukas Huggins on the two-point conversion for an 8-0 Baker lead.
Then, after Weiser had tied the game at 8-8, Hamilton found Baxter alone from 30 yards out for a 16-8 edge at halftime.
Baker had two other opportunities in the first half, but penalties hurt the Bulldogs and Hamilton ended up being intercepted twice in the end zone.
“Those penalties hurt on those two shots in the first half,” Johnson said. “We continue to work on that area. We should have come away with scores in both cases.”
Bachman’s third-quarter interception set up another Hamilton-to-Bachman TD pass to boost Baker up 24-14.
Then, 36 seconds into the final period, Baxter scored on a 15-yard run to cap the win.
Weiser added another touchdown late in the period before Baker’s defense stiffened.
“Our defense bowed their necks when they needed to,” Johnson said.
Baker - 8 8 8 8 — 32
Weiser - 0 8 6 8 — 22
B — Bachman 25 pass from Hamilton (Huggins pass from Hamilton)
W — Thomson 50 pass from Johnson (Kistenmacher run)
B — Baxter 30 pass from Hamilton (Bachman pass from Hamilton)
B — Bachman 5 pass from Hamilton (Hamilton run)
W — Williamson 2 run (Run failed)
B — Baxter 15 run (Baxter pass from Hamilton)
W — Kistenmacher 6 pass from Johnson (Crawford pass from Johnson)