Potential playoff positioning will be on the line tonight when Baker hosts Ontario in a Greater Oregon League football game at Bulldog Memorial Stadium. It also is Baker’s Homecoming game.
Kickoff is set for 7 o’clock.
A Baker win would secure at least second place in the GOL, and keep Baker’s hopes alive for at least a share of the GOL title.
“The possible playoff positioning puts a little more importance on the game,” said Baker coach Jason Ramos.
“Our approach is that it’s a game we have to have. But we’ve thought that about all of the games we’ve played. We say every week is a playoff game for us.”
Ramos said the Bulldogs (1-1 in GOL play) want to have a chance to play for the league title. To do so the Bulldogs must win against Ontario and then top La Grande at La Grande on Oct. 26.
Baker defeated Ontario 41-6 at Ontario earlier in the season. Ontario’s coach resigned the day of that game.
Ramos noted that the Tigers (0-3 in the GOL) are a better team now.
“They’ve improved. They changed back to their old offense,” he said.
Although tonight’s game includes Homecoming festivities, the Bulldogs said they’re prepared.
“It’s not really that big of a deal,” said senior Sam McCauley. “We traveled for seven hours on a bus to play last week.”
Senior Spencer Smith said this fall’s scheduling anomaly, which has Baker playing just two home games — the previous game was a 34-21 loss to La Grande on Oct. 4 — makes some difference.
“We don’t want to disappoint our fans by losing both of our homes games,” Smith said. “We’ve just prepared for Ontario the same as usual. If we do our jobs effectively we’ll be fine. “We just look at it week by week, and treat it just like any other game.”
“We like where we’re at,” Ramos said.