“I’m proud of the intensity we played with early. Last week we felt like we didn’t come out with great intensity, but tonight we did.”

BAKER — Kalee Ciurleo threw for three touchdowns to lead the undefeated Baker Gators in a 35-7 win over the visiting South Walton Seahawks on Friday night at Doug Griffith Memorial Stadium.

“Kalee is getting back in the groove and he’s going to be able to do some things to help us out,” said Baker coach Matt Brunson, whose team improved to 6-0 on the season.

Ciurleo, a senior, completed 6 of 12 passes for three TDs and 104 yards. On the receiving end of those scoring receptions were Ethan Garrett for 40 yards, Derek Peoples Jr. for 19 yards and brother Jalen Ciurleo for 8 yards.

“I think the focus in the early parts of the game,” was the difference, Brunson said.

“I’m proud of the intensity we played with early. Last week we felt like we didn’t come out with great intensity, but tonight we did.”

And that intensity paid off early with the Gators scoring on their opening drive. Starting from their own 43-yard line, the Gators marched it down the field with Jalen Ciurleo — who finished the night with 115 yards on 15 carries — the workhorse, carrying the ball seven times and eventually taking it in for a 9-yard touchdown. The extra point attempt failed.

On the Seahawks' first possession, quarterback Cade Rowland hit JM Allen for a gain of 8 yards, but that was it for South Walton (3-4).

The Gators, playing focused, came right back with Kalee Ciurleo connecting with Garrett on a 40-yard reception for the score. Ciurleo hit Peoples for the two-point conversion and the Gators led 14-0.

On the ensuing kickoff, South Walton’s Daniel Leuze bolted for an 85-yard return for the TD. Tanner Kotowske kicked the PAT for a 14-7 game.

In the last five minutes of the first quarter, the Gators mounted another drive, marching 75 yards for the score. Junior McLaughlin carried the ball five times on the drive for a total of 40 yards. Kalee Ciurleo finished off the drive with a 19-yard pass to Peoples for the score. The PAT was good and the Gators were up 21-7.

Baker scored one more time in the first half on a 58-yard punt return by Peoples. The point-after kick was good and the Gators led 28-7 at the half.

The last touchdown of the game came early in the fourth quarter. With the ball at midfield, Jalen Ciurleo broke loose for a 41-yard run, and then Jayson Moore picked up five. Kalee Ciurleo finally hit Jalen Ciurleo on the left side for an 8-yard strike. The PAT was good for a 35-7 finish.

“When it comes down to it, they are a real good football team,” said South Walton coach Phil Tisa. “We had a few mental mistakes that cost us big plays. We’ve just got to execute and get better every week.”

For the game, Baker had 330 yards of total offense with 226 coming on the ground. South Walton managed 131 of total yards, 88 through the air.