Baker’s football team traveled almost to the Washington coast Friday for a nonleague game with Pe Ell/Willapa Valley.
After a slow start, Baker stopped the Titans 30-14 to improve its season record to 4-2.
“After a 7-hour bus ride we did what we needed to do to win,” said Baker coach Jason Ramos. “We weren’t really happy with the way we played. But it was a win.”
Ramos said Pe Ell, which has an enrollment of about 100, marched down the field on its opening drive to open the scoring.
“They moved the ball well,” he said. “Then we made some defensive adjustments.”
Baker also answered with a drive of its own, ending in a 5-yard Spencer Smith-to-Riley Flanagan touchdown pass.
“We marched down the field, mostly on the ground,” Ramos said.
The first quarter ended tied 7-7.
In the second quarter it was more of the same for the Bulldogs.
Smith, who finished with two passing TDs and two rushing touchdowns, scored on a 3-yard run. The play was set by a 34-yard Flanagan reception to the 1-yard line.
That was the only score in the quarter, which ended with Baker leading 14-7 at halftime.
“We told the kids at halftime that we needed to get things going, only leading 14-7,” Ramos said.
The Bulldogs answered the challenge by scoring twice in the third quarter. Smith again connected with Flanagan from 24 yards, and added another 12-yard rushing touchdown to build Baker’s lead to 27-7.
Mahonri Rushton added a 25-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to complete the scoring.
Smith finished 7-of-18 passing for 113 yards. Gauge Bloomer led Baker’s ground game with 78 yards on 19 carries. Flanagan caught four passes for 65 yards.
Baker hosts Ontario Friday at 7 p.m. in Baker’s Homecoming game at Bulldog Memorial Stadium.