Baker’s young football team continued to show improvement Friday, picking up a 14-7 nonleague win at Weiser in the process.
“We held Weiser under 200 yards in total offense, and played a really great fourth quarter on defense. The defense made the plays,” said Baker coach Dave Johnson.
“Our run defense, with the exception of the Nyssa game, has gotten better, showing solid improvement,” Johnson said.
He also noted that offensively, the Bulldogs had three drives that used eight to 10 plays.
“We controlled the line of scrimmage very well. The guys made the plays,” Johnson said.
“It was nice to get that first win, and it will be nice to be at home this Friday.”
Baker (1-2) hosts Vale Friday at 7 p.m. Bulldog Memorial Stadium.
Johnson joked that the Bulldogs, who have played their first three games on the road, might want to take a short bus trip before the Vale game just to continue their preparation.
At Weiser on Friday, the teams played to a scoreless first quarter.
Weiser then scored on a short run on the first play of the second quarter.
But that was the last time the Wolverines would see pay dirt.
Baker cut the deficit to 7-6 with 1:30 left in the first half on a 24-yard touchdown run from Alex Hammans.
Hammans’ score finished a 12-play, 72-yard Baker drive.
Baker’s Gabe Gambleton recovered a Weiser fumble in the third period giving Baker the ball on the Weiser 48.
Ten plays later, quarterback Spencer Smith found Drew Story in the back of the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown. Hammans ran the two-point conversion to give Baker a 14-7 edge with 1:19 left in the third quarter.
Then, with Baker still leading 14-7 in the fourth quarter, Weiser intercepted a Smith pass with five minutes left in the game.
Once again Baker’s defense rose to the occasion.
The Bulldogs stopped the Wolverines on fourth down twice to thwart any comeback ideas.
Baker - 0 6 8 0 — 14
Weiser - 0 7 0 0 — 7
W — Bumgarner 9 run (Magara kick)
B — Hammans 24 run (Run failed)
B — Story 17 pass from Smith (Hammans run)