Baker took another step in its quest for a share of the Greater Oregon League football title Friday, shutting out Ontario 47-0 at Bulldog Memorial Stadium.
The win improves Baker’s GOL record to 2-1. La Grande currently leads the GOL with a 3-0 mark. Baker travels to La Grande Saturday. A Baker win in that game would mean the teams would share the regular-season title. La Grande beat Baker 34-21 on Oct. 4.
“The kids played well. It was a good night for Baker football,” Baker coach Jason Ramos said of Friday’s Homecoming rout over Ontario. “It was a great night for our seniors.”
The Baker coach added that it was also a good night in that senior quarterback Spencer Shirtcliff saw action for the first time since dislocating his shoulder Sept. 27 at Ontario.
“It was good to get him into the game and get some playing time,” Ramos said.
Spencer Smith, Baker’s starter at quarterback in Shirtcliff’s absence, scored Baker’s first two touchdowns on runs up the middle.
Andrew Adams returned an interception 30 yards for a third score as Baker built a 20-0 lead after one quarter.
Smith connected for a touchdown pass with Riley Flanagan, and Gauge Bloomer had a pair of TD runs in the second period as the Bulldogs increased their lead to 40-0 at halftime.
Smith’s third touchdown run, with 7:43 left in the third quarter, led to a running clock the rest of the game.
Defensively, Baker did not allow Ontario into Bulldog territory in the game. The closest Ontario came to Baker’s side of the 50-yard line was its own 45 on the final play of the first half.
“Offensively we executed pretty well, and threw the ball decently,” Ramos said. “And our defense was amazing again.”
Ontario 0 0 0 0 — 0
Baker 20 20 7 0 — 47
B — Smith 19 run (Kick failed)
B — Smith 4 run (Rushton kick)
B — Adams 30 interception return (Rushton kick)
B — Flanagan 3 pass from Smith (Rushton kick)
B — Bloomer 1 run (Rushton kick)
B — Bloomer 7 run (Pass failed)
B — Smith 22 run (Rushton kick)