Baker opened its Greater Oregon League football season with a 41-6 thumping of Ontario Friday at Ontario.
But the win also proved to be costly for the Bulldogs (3-1 overall, 1-0 in GOL).
Baker lost starting quarterback Spencer Shirtcliff with a separated shoulder late in the first quarter.
“Losing our starting quarterback obviously hurts,” said Baker coach Jason Ramos.
Kaden Myer replaced Shirtcliff and threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score. Ramos said he hopes Shirtcliff might be return to action in a couple of weeks.
Ramos said Gabe Gambleton and Spencer Smith, both of whom have seen action at quarterback in their high school careers, are possible backups for Myer as Shirtcliff recovers.
“Kaden did a great job stepping in at quarterback,” Ramos said.
Myer finished with 10 carries for 56 yards and completed 6-of-12 passes for 160 yards.
The Baker coach said the Bulldogs’ defense controlled the game.
“Once again our defense was solid,” Ramos said. “They are making it hard on the other teams to get things going across the board.”
The Bulldogs didn’t allow Ontario to move into Baker territory until just under 8 minutes remained in the game.
Baker scored its first touchdown with 2:02 left in the first quarter when Myer connected with Gambleton from 14 yards out.
Baker got its second score with 7:14 left in the first half when Myer raced untouched for an 11-yard TD.
Hon Rushton’s second conversion kick gave Baker a 14-0 lead.
Baker then got the ball back with 32 seconds left in the half.
Myer connected with Caden Long for 35 yards to the Ontario 19.
Myer then found Riley Flanagan for the touchdown as the clock clicked 0:00.
Rushton’s PAT kick gave Baker a 21-0 halftime lead.
The Bulldogs then scored the first three times they touched the ball in the second half.
Gauge Bloomer started the scoring with a 21-yard TD run with 6:16 left in the third period. Bloomer finished with 70 yards on nine carries.
Myer then found Flanagan on a 45-yard scoring aerial. Rushton’s pass to Long after a bad PAT snap gave Baker a 35-0 edge.
The defense then added a score when Alex Hammans intercepted an Ontario pass and scooted 48 yards for the score.
“I thought our offensive line did a great job,” Ramos said.
“We had some mismatches outside and our receivers —Flanagan and Long — made some great plays.”
Flanagan had four catches for 90 yards, and Long two for 70.
Baker will play its first game of the season in Bulldog Memorial Stadium Friday when the Bulldogs host La Grande (4-0, 1-0) at 7 p.m.
“La Grande is loaded. They have just about everybody back,” Ramos said.
“We have to stop the run, and their quarterback is dangerous. Our defense should keep us in the game. It should be a great game.”
Baker 7 14 20 0 — 41
Ontario 0 0 0 6 — 6
B — Gambleton 14 pass from Myer (Rushton kick)
B — Myer 11 run (Rushton kick)
B — Flanagan 19 pass from Myer (Rushton kick)
B — Bloomer 21 run (Run failed)
B — Flanagan 45 pass from Myer (Long pass from Rushton)
B — Hammans 48 interception return (Kick failed)
O — Larson 15 pass from Teramura (Kick failed)