It didn’t take Baker long to dominate Mac-Hi in their Greater Oregon League football opener Friday.

The Bulldogs needed just six offensive plays to take a 20-0 first-half lead on the way to a 41-0 romp at Milton-Freewater.

“We did some good things,” said Baker coach Dave Johnson.

“It was a nice rebound from last week.”

Baker had lost 62-18 to Homedale a week earlier.

“We had a great defensive performance,” Johnson said.

“We had to bow our necks a couple of times, but the kids did a great job.”

Baker received the opening kickoff and needed just two plays before Alex Hammans scored on a 53-yard run.

Then, after Mac-Hi took almost eight minutes off the clock, Baker ran just three plays before quarterback Spencer Shirtcliff connected with Spencer Smith on a 63-yard scoring pass.

The first quarter ended with Baker leading 13-0.

Mac-Hi again ran time off the clock before Baker took over on the Pioneers’ 27.

Shirtcliff then connected with Riley Flanagan to move the ball to the Mac-Hi 2.

Hammans scored his second TD on the next play to increase Baker’s lead to 20-0.

Neither team scored in the third quarter.

Baker then ended the second-half drought when Shirtcliff and Flanagan hooked up again, this time from 15 yards to boost Baker up 27-0 to open the fourth quarter.

Baker’s defense got into the scoring column three plays later.

The Bulldogs forced a Mac-Hi fumble near the goal line and Zander Arriaga scooped the ball up and went 5 yards for the score.

Baker completed the scoring later in the fourth quarter when Gabe Gambleton scored from a yard out.

Hammans led Baker runners with 148 yards on 16 carries.

Shirtcliff finished 9-of-17 for 151 yards. Flanagan caught four passes for 58 yards, and Smith three for 76 yards.

Baker (1-0 in the GOL) hosts Ontario Friday.

Baker -13 7 0 21 — 41

Mac-Hi - 0 0 0 0 — 0

B — Hammans 53 run (Kick failed)

B — Smith 63 pass from Shirtcliff (Rushton kick)

B — Hammans 2 run (Rushton kick)

B — Flanagan 15 pass from Shirtcliff (Rushton kick)

B — Arriaga 5 fumble return (Rushton kick)

B — Gambleton 1 run (Rushton kick)

Individual statistics

Rushing —Baker: Hammans 16-148, Myer 2-15, Bloomer 5-12, Gambleton 2-3, Shirtcliff 4-(-28). Mac-Hi: Gilmore 13-48, White 10-20, Birdwell 4-9, Brinkley 6-7, M. Quist 1-(-4).

Passing —Baker: Shirtcliff 9-17-0-151, Gambleton 3-3-0-22. Mac-Hi: Gilmore 4-17-0-103.

Receiving —Baker: Flanagan 4-58, Smith 3-76, Myer 2-13, Gambleton 2-12, Bloomer 1-14. Mac-Hi: D. Quist 2-88, Birdwell 1-15, White 1-0.

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