BAKER — On paper, Baker School's football game with Holmes County should heavily favor the Gators. Baker, 2-0, is coming off a 35-21 win over Sneads and has scored 77 points in the two wins.
BAKER — On paper, Baker School's football game with Holmes County should heavily favor the Gators.
Baker, 2-0, is coming off a 35-21 win over Sneads and has scored 77 points in the two wins.
Gator quarterback Jon Beck teamed up with tight end Kodi Nixon for a pair of touchdown passes in the win over Sneads. Austin Martin returned a Pirate fumble 60 yards for a touchdown. And senior tailbacks Richard Stroheker and D.J. Thomas each scored on a short run.
The Blue Devils limp into Friday's 7 p.m. game at Doug Griffith Memorial Stadium with an 0-2 record. Adding insult to injury, they have been outscored 82-0 in the two losses.
Not only is Baker averaging 38.5 points a game, the Gator offense is averaging 419.5 total yards a game.
Thomas is leading the charge having already rushed for 449 yards and five touchdowns. Beck, who is only a sophomore, has thrown four touchdown passes in the two games.
Baker coach Matt Brunson is pleased with the play of the Gators in Friday's win
"Sneads has got some very big guys and is very athletic," he said. "I feel like we've gotten a little bit better each week.
"Our offensive line played well. Our fullback, Brandon Engler, did a really nice job blocking and our tailbacks were able to rush for about 350 (yards) and we threw for another 115."
Even with everything seeming to tilt heavy in Baker's favor Brunson refuses to look past the struggling Blue Devils.
"Holmes County is a shotgun team that likes to it out on offense," he said. "They are a 4-3 defensive team. They did a great job containing us last year and scoring points on us and we would love to return that favor.
"Bonifay (Holmes County) is a team coming in that we've had a little history with. I think it will be two small community high school football teams getting after each other. I think it will be a great atmosphere for football."
At the end of the day Brunson knows the best way for the Gators to pick up their third win of the year is just to play their style of football.
"We just have to do what we do," he said. "We don't worry too much about our opponent, but they are going to throw it around and we are going to have to contain the pass a little more this week than we have in the previous two.
"We just have to offensively do what we do. I think our offensive play kind of sets the tone for everything else that happens."
Who: Holmes County at Baker
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Randy Dickson is the Crestview News Bulletin’s sports editor. Email him at email@example.com, tweet him @BigRandle, or call 682-6524.