Gators host Freeport in district opener

D.J. Thomas

D.J. Thomas is one of the leading rushers on a Baker team that is averaging close to 200 yards rushing a game. The Gators will try to control the line of scrimmage and run the ball in their District 1-1A opener with Freeport on Friday.

Published: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 05:37 PM.


BAKER – The Baker football team opens District 1-1A play Friday night when the Gators host Freeport at Doug Griffith Memorial Stadium with a 7 p.m. kickoff.

The Gators (3-2, 0-0) are coming off a tough 32-21 loss to Bozeman, but Baker coach Matt Brunson was able to find a silver lining in the cloud of defeat as his team turns its attention to the Bulldogs and the start of district play.

“We got beat by a good Bozeman team, but we take a lot of positives out of that game,” he said. “Hopefully we can build on the positives and straighten out the negatives and get ready for Freeport.

“We rushed for a little over 200 yards and the offensive line play was very good. We came away with no turnovers, but we did have a punt blocked for a touchdown and we gave up some plays in the passing game. But overall, we shut them down to about 60 yards rushing and we rushed ourselves.”

Brunson said that the way the Gators ran the football and defended the run was good enough to win most ball games and he is hoping his team will continue to run the ball well against Freeport.

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