Gators beat Northview to claim first district football title since 2001

Baker football

Baker running back D.J. Thomas ran for 159 yards as the Gators beat Northview 24-20 to win the District 1-1A championship.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 05:36 AM.

BRATT — Twelve years of waiting for the Baker School football team seemed to hinge on one play as the Gators battled defending Class 1A state champion Northview in a District 1-1A showdown.

With 3:17 showing on the clock in the fourth quarter and trailing Baker by four points, Northview faced a fourth down and 19 at the Gator 38-yard line.

On the Baker sideline the Gator coaches and players urged on the defense with the shout of, “One more play! One more play!

When the pass of Chief quarterback Daulton Tullis fell incomplete the Gators had their play. A little more than three minutes later Baker had its district championship since 2001 in the form of a 24-20 win.

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A game of big plays by both teams, was, for the most part, decided by turnovers and a penalty as the first half ended.

Baker (9-0, 3-0) forced four Chief (3-5, 2-1) turnovers on a pair of fumble recoveries and two interceptions. Two of those turnovers, a fumble and interception, occurred inside the Gator 20 to turn back a Chief scoring threat.

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