Gators down Knights to remain unbeaten

Baker football

Baker's DJ Thomas runs for yardage against Rocky Bayou Christian on Friday

Published: Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 05:54 AM.

DESTIN — Rocky Bayou Christian’s defense did everything right in the first half.

Pitted against a Baker offense averaging 44 points a game and yet to be held to less than 35 points in any contest, the Knights garnered two red-zone stops and Josh Preston hauled in a pick-six to help them trail 7-6 at halftime at Destin Middle School.

But the momentum — which carried over from last week's 49-0 shutout of Oak Hall — would quickly wear off.

Led by D.J. Thomas, who racked up 158 rushing yards and two scores, the Gators had four different running backs find the end zone in the final 24 minutes of play and ran away with a 35-13 win.

“Josh Childers has done a good job with the Rocky Bayou program, and we came out a little flat,” said Baker head coach Matt Brunson, whose team improved to 4-0. “But they had a lot to do with that. They did a great job.”

Thomas, who now has 10 touchdowns this season, has yet to be held under 100 yards in any contest and is averaging just under 200 rushing yards per game, added, “We underestimated them and we had to get right after halftime and play that Gator football, that downhill Alabama-style football.”

Joining him with rushing touchdowns were Brandon Engler, Richard Stroheker and Austin Martin, who contributed to a backfield that gained 274 yards.

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