Gerry Steele
The Baker City Herald

By Gerry Steele

What a difference a year makes.

Last season, Weiser shut out Baker 35-0 in the non-league season-opening football game.

This year Baker got a solid measure of revenge, stomping the Wolverines 43-13 Friday at Bulldog Memorial Stadium.

And, as the usual ritual in the Baker locker room following a win, the Bulldogs (1-0) banged out one note on their lockers for each point scored.

"What a difference," said Baker coach Dave Johnson.

"Last year zero. This year 43. Sounds a lot better."

Johnson was pleased with the opening-night efforts of the Bulldogs.

"It was a great day to be a Bulldog. I liked our intensity. It was a very solid performance," Johnson said.

"We played outstanding defense. I thought that first half, in fact the whole game, was very solid," he said.

"Offensively I thought our front guys played solid the whole game.

"And, as ugly as the third quarter was, we still had a lot of positive things happen," Johnson said.

Leading 34-6 at halftime, the Bulldogs were their own worst enemy in the third quarter.

The Bulldogs finished the game with 13 penalties for 100 yards. But, half of those came in the third period, including three for offensive holding.

Baker led from start to finish, needing just four plays to break into the scoring column.

Baker's first scoring play was a 40-yard pass from quarterback BradenPhillips to Dane Bachman.

On the play Weiser's Austyn Grohus appeared to have a clean interception, but Bachman knocked th eball into the air, recovered it and raced untouched to the end zone.

Trent Taylor's conversion kick gave the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead two minutes into the game.

Weiser (0-2) made things interesting on the ensuing kickoff when Justin Roberts raced through the Bulldogs for an 85-yard touchdown, cutting the deficit to 7-6.

That's where the score remained until 2:43 was left in the first period.

Weiser, forced to punt, had a high center snap sending the ball toward the Wolverine end zone. Under pressure from Jake Grammon, the Wolverine punter got off a wobbly punt which Baker returned to the Weiser 15.

Two plays later Phillips scoed from a yard out.

The Bulldogs increased their lead to 19-6 early in the second quater when Phillips found Mason Cline on a 5-yard TD aerial.

Phillips connected on two more TD passes before halftime. The first was for 27 yards to Bachman, and the second for 33 yards to Darren Dolby.

The only points for either team in the third period was a two-point safety for the Bulldogs when Weiser quarterback Brady DeYoung was tackled in the end zone.

Baker's final score in the fourth quarter was set up by a Dolby interception wheich he returned to the Weiser 4.

Two plays later Thomas Hamilton scored from a yard out.

Baker totaled 481 yards on offense, while holding Weiser to 179.

Phillips finished 15-of-22 for 261 yards passing. Hamilton was 3-of-5 for 52 yards.

Taylor led Baker runners with 102 yards on 15 carries.

Bachman caught five passes for 127 yards, Dolby four for 76 yards, and Cline four for 25 yards.

Baker travels to Payette, Idaho (2-0) Friday for a 7 p.m. MDT kickoff.

Weiser 6 0 0 7 - 13

Baker - 13 21 2 7 - 43

B - Bachman 40 pass from Phillips (Taylor kick)

W - Roberts 85 kickoff return (Kick failed)

B - Phillips 1 run (Kick failed)

B - Cline 5 pass from Phillips (Pass failed)

B - Bachman 27 pass from Phillips (Bachman pass from Phillips)

B - Dolby 33 pass from Phillips (Taylor kick)

B - Safety

B - Hamilton 1 run (Taylor kick)

W - DeYoung 10 rn (Grohaus kick)

Individual statistics

Rushing -Weiser: Roberts 7-42, Grohaus 7-42, Hickman 2-29, Crawford 2-9, Kistenmacher 1-2, DeYoung 8-0. Baker: Taylor 15-102, Phillips 16-59, Mespelt 3-15, Baxter 2-4, Clien 1-(-2), Hamilton 2-(-10).

Passing -Weiser: DeYoung 4-10-1-37, Hickman 1-1-0-18. Baker: Phillips 15-22-1-261, Hamilton 3-5-0-52.

Receiving -Weiser: Grohaus 1-26, Thompson 1-18, Walker 1-8, Williamson 1-4, Kistenmacher 1-(-1). Baker: Bachman 5-127, Dolby 4-76, Cline 4-25, Huggins 2-51, Powell 1-25, Hamilton 1-5, O'Grady 1-4.