Baker 2012 football team leaves foundation for future


D.J. Thomas, seen against Sneads during Baker’s Homecoming game last month, led the Gators in rushing and touchdowns this year.

RANDY DICKSON | News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 11:01 AM.

BAKER — The Baker football team entered the 2012 season with high hopes. The Gators were coming off a 7-3 season in 2011 in which the Gators missed the playoffs by an overtime loss to District 1-1A Freeport in coach Matt Brunson’s first year at his alma mater.

With a year in the Brunson system and several returning starters, things were definitely looking up for the Gators.

Baker got off to a fast start with a 26-21 win at South Walton and a 55-33 victory against Rocky Bayou Christian in the Gator home opener.

As would be the case throughout the year, the Gators played a physical, ball control game in picking up the wins.

The Gators pounded the ball behind a physical offensive line led by senior Taylor Brown. Quarterback Adam Crowson and D.J. Thomas quickly made their presence felt in the wins.

Baker did suffer a key loss when junior Ben Crowson suffered a broken arm in the opener and was lost for the year. Crowson, who was slated to play linebacker on the Gator defense, also was expected to back up his brother, Adam, at quarterback.

After getting off to the quick start, the Gators were 4-4 the rest of the year.

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