Baker 2012 football team leaves foundation for future

Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 11:01 AM.

It was back to district play in week eight as Baker traveled to rival Jay for “The War of Highway 4.”

Any Baker player or fan will tell you that the next best thing to making the playoffs is beating the Royals — and that’s just what the Gators did as they took care of business in a 48-21 win to improve to 5-3 on the season and 1-1 in district play.

The Gators got a much-needed open date the next week as they prepared to take on District 1-1A powerhouse Northview in week 10. The Chiefs brought a roster loaded with college prospects into Doug Griffith Memorial Stadium and Brunson acknowledged Baker needed a perfect game to pull off the upset.

The Gators played a near perfect first quarter and took an early 6-0 lead. Numerous times in the first half, Brunson rolled the dice and went for a first down just to keep Northview off the field.

The strategy worked well for a while, but in the end, the Chiefs were too talented and had too much depth as they handed the Gators a 40-6, eliminating them from the playoffs.

For the season’s final game, Baker traveled to Vernon to take on the Yellow Jackets.

D.J. Thomas was within striking distance of a 1,000-yard season rushing. A win would assure the Gators a 6-4 season, marking the first time in more than a decade that Baker had produced back-to-back winning seasons.

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