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Nine possessions. Seven touchdowns. Toss in a pair of defensive scores, and it spells a 62-0 Baker victory in a non-league football game at Burns Friday.
Walker Kaseberg, shown earlier in the season, scored one of Baker’s seven touchdowns against Burns Friday evening. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
Baker took the opening kickoff and drove 81 yards on eight plays for its first touchdown. Chad Adams did the honors on a 5-yard run. Jordan Harlow’s conversion kick gave Baker a 7-0 lead three minutes into the game.
The Bulldogs increased their lead to 14-0 with 1:31 left in the first quarter when Harlow connected on a 15-yard TD pass with Walker Kaseberg.
The quarter ended with Baker on top 14-0.
Bryce Banta intercepted a Burns pass on the Hilanders’ next series, setting Baker up with a first down on its own 26.
The Bulldogs needed just eight plays to find paydirt again. Steven Talbot scored the touchdown on a 10-yard counter behind the left side of the Baker line. Talbot accounted for 44 yards on the drive.
Talbot’s score gave Baker a 21-0 edge with 7:03 left in the first half.
Baker increased its advantage to 28-0 with 4:47 left in the half when Harlow found Jon Woolard on a 10-yard scoring pass.
Then, after recovering another Burns fumble — the Hilanders lost five turnovers in the game — Adams added his second touchdown on a 1-yard plunge off the left side for a 35-0 Baker lead with 3:23 left in the half.
Burns appeared to crack the scoreboard on its next drive, but a holding penalty on the scoring play nullified the points.
Baker’s Rowdy LaMiller then completed the first-half scoring, intercepting a Burns pass at the Baker 10 and racing 90 yards for the touchdown as the horn sounded. It was LaMiller’s third straight game with an interception, and the second one he has returned for a touchdown this season.
Baker led 42-0 at halftime.
Baker recovered another Burns fumble early in the second half, but was forced to make its only punt on the next series.
The Bulldogs then scored their second defensive touchdown on the first Burns play following the kick. Dekker Smith scooped up yet another Burns bobble and races 46 yards for the touchdown.
The score put Baker up 49-0 and called for a running clock the rest of the game due to the 45-point mercy rule.
Baker added two fourth-quarter touchdowns, one each by reserve quarterback Jesse Brown and Talbot.
Baker finished the game with 374 yards total offense. Talbot led the Bulldogs in rushing with 119 yards on 12 carries. Adams added 81 yards on 13 tries.
The Bulldogs (4-1) host Fruitland, Idaho, Friday at 7 p.m. at Bulldog Memorial Stadium.
Burns 0 0 0 0 — 0
B — Adams 5 run (Harlow kick)
B — Kaseberg 15 pass from Harlow (Harlow kick)
B — Talbot 10 run (Harlow kick)
B — Woolard 10 pass from Harlow (Harlow kick)
B — Adams 1 run (Harlow kick)
B — LaMiller 90 interception return (Harlow kick)
B — Smith 46 fumble return (Harlow kick)
B — J. Brown 22 run (Harlow kick)
B — Talbot 37 run (Kick failed)
Rushing — Baker: Adams 13-81, Talbot 12-119, Harlow 2-(-3), Woolard 2-20, J. Brown 1-22. Burns: Hanner 4-3, Martin 1-(-6), Bentz 14-(-33).
Passing — Baker: Harlow 9-13-0-135, J. Brown 0-1-0-0. Burns: Bentz 18-30-2-142.
Receiving — Baker: Smith 2-20, Richardson 3-30, Kaseberg 2-53, C. Brown 1-22, Woolard 1-10. Burns: Thompson 2-17, Thine 4-27, Dodson 7-90, Martin 3-19, Hanner 2-(-1).