Gators go for perfect regular season

Published: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 06:01 PM.

BAKER — It has been a special season for Baker School's football team.

The Gators have rolled through the season with a 9-0 record. Last week, they wrapped up the District 1-1A title with a 24-20 win over Northview, securing home field advantage in the upcoming playoffs.

Even with all their success, the Gators still have work to do as they host South Walton, 7 p.m. Friday on Senior Night, to close out the regular season.

The Seahawks are one of Northwest Florida's — and maybe the state's — surprise teams. After winning just one game in each of the last two seasons, South Walton has turned things around. The Seahawks come into the game with a 7-2 record and are the runner up from District 3-1A

"Phil Tisa (South Walton head coach) and his staff do a great job," Baker Coach Matt Brunson said. "The Ortner kid (Johnathan) — it's  unbelievable what they've done with him. He throws the ball as well as anybody we've played.

"They are definitely going to throw it around, and you will have your hands full covering them and trying to pick when to bring pressure. It seems like anytime somebody blitzes them, they hit the right perfect call. I think they are doing as good of a job with the spread as anybody around here in high school football."

Brunson said that having played Northview, another spread team, last week should help the Gators prepare for the South Walton offense.

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