Gators host Cottondale in playoff opener

Baker football

D.J. Thomas rushed for 2,000 yards and 27 touchdowns as the Baker football team completed the regular with a perfect 10-0 records. The Gators host Cottondale in the first round of the playoffs at 7 p.m. Friday.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 05:40 PM.

BAKER — For the first time in a dozen years, the lights at Baker School's Doug Griffith Memorial Stadium will shine a football playoff game Friday. That's when the Gators host Cottondale in the Region 1-1A semifinals. Game time is 7 p.m.

"It is huge," Baker Coach Matt Brunson said of hosting  the game. "It's been a dozen years since we won a district championship, and that's what it takes to host a playoff game. We are there.

"In reference to the big picture, in the short term, we are proud to be 10-0 and hosting a playoff game."

The Hornets, the runner up from District 2-1A, bring a 6-4 record into the game against the 10-0 Gators.

Cottondale and Baker have played six common opponents. Both teams beat Freeport, Sneads, North Bay Haven Academy and Graceville. The Hornets lost to Jay and South Walton, teams the Gators beat.

The Baker offense has averaged 40.6 points a game. The Gator defense has allowed 16 points a game.

Cottondale's scoring average is 31.2 points a game. The Hornet defense has allowed 23.7 points a game.

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