Baker spotted Ontario a 22-0 lead, and the Bulldogs’ rally wasn’t enough in a 42-19 Greater Oregon League football loss at Bulldog Memorial Stadium Friday.
Ontario scored first with 8:45 left in the first quarter when quarterback Kenji Teramura faked a sweep and scooted up the middle for a 20-yard touchdown.
Then, later in the first quarter, Gabe Gambleton replaced Spencer Shirtcliff at quarterback with Baker taking possession at its own 4.
Three plays later Gambleton was tackled in the end zone for a safety and a 9-0 Ontario lead.
The first quarter ended with the same score.
Ontario boosted its lead to 16-0 on the next drive when Jose Flores scored on a 2-yard run.
Ontario’s defense then got into the act.
Baker had the ball at midfield when the center snap went through Gambleton’s hands and Ontario’s Dallon Haueter scooped the ball up and raced 50 yards for a 22-0 Ontario lead.
Baker finally got on the board with 4:06 left in the half when Shirtcliff, back at quarterback, connected from 19 yards with Riley Flanagan to cut Ontario’s lead to 22-6.
Baker cut the deficit to 22-12 with 5.6 seconds left in the half when Shirtcliff hit Andrew Adams on a 1-yard touchdown pass.
Baker’s last score came on its first possession of the second half when Shirtcliff found Gambleton in the flat.
Gambleton broke a tackle and followed blockers downfield for a 73-yard TD play.
Baker (1-1 in the GOL) travels to La Grande Friday.
Ontario - 9 13 14 6 — 42
Baker - 0 12 7 0 — 19
O — Teramura 20 run (Ragsdale kick)
O — Safety: Haueter tackled Gambleton in end zone
O — Flores 2 run (Ragsdale kick)
O — Haueter 50 fumble return (Kick failed)
B — Flanagan 19 pass from Shirtcliff (Run failed)
B — Adams 1 pass from Shirtcliff (Run failed)
O — Teramura 4 run (Ragsdale kick)
B — Gambleton 73 pass from Shirtcliff (Rushton kick)
O — Flores 4 run (Ragsdale kick)
O — Lopez 8 pass from Teramura (Kick failed)