Gerry Steele
The Baker City Herald

La Grande’s quick-strike offense and opportunistic defense handed Baker a 43-14 nonleague football loss Saturday at Community Stadium in La Grande.

Tiger quarterback Andrew Peasley threw for four touchdowns and ran for another.

Isaac Chamberlain caught one of those scoring passes, returned an interception for another touchdown and added a field goal.

La Grande took a 6-0 lead midway through the first quarter when Peasley connected with GT Blackman on a 25-yard scoring aerial.

The Tigers then added 21 points in the second quarter.

Peasley’s second TD pass was a 19-yarder to Chamberlain to build La Grande’s lead to 13-0.

A bad center snap on a Baker punt attempt following that score then gave La Grande a first down on the Baker 6. Peasley swept the end for the touchdown on the next play for a 20-0 lead with 6:53 left in the half.

Peasley’s third touchdown pass came on the next possession when he connected with Nathan Reed from 60 yards out with 3:38 left in the half.

Baker finally found the scoreboard with three seconds left in the half when quarterback Spencer Smith hit Cody DeCarli from 1 yard out for the score.

La Grande answered on the first play of the second half when Peasley found Parker Robinson on a 43-yard TD pass.

The score remained 34-6 until 1 minute remained in the third quarter when Chamberlain booted a 22-yard field goal.

Then, on the first play of the fourth quarter, Chamberlain intercepted a Smith pass and raced 33 yards for the touchdown.

Baker completed the scoring when Alex Hammans scored on a 1-yard run with 10 minutes left in the game.

Baker (0-2) travels to Weiser Friday.

The Bulldogs’ rematch with La Grande, this time counting toward the Greater Oregon League standings, will be Oct. 6 at Baker Bulldog Memorial Stadium.

Baker - 0 6 0 8 — 14

La Grande - 6 21 10 6 — 43

L — Blackman 25 pass from Peasley (Kick failed)

L — Chamberlain 19 pass from Peasley (Chamberlain kick)

L — Peasley 6 run (Chamberlain kick)

L — Reed 60 pass from Peasley (Chamberlain kick)

B — DeCarli 1 pass from Smith (Pass failed)

L — Robinson 43 pass from Peasley (Chamberlain kick)

L — Chamberlain 22 FG

L — Chamberlain 33 interception return (Kick failed)

B — Hammans 1 run (Smith run)

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