Gators open district play at Freeport

Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 06:07 PM.

BAKER — Two District 1-1A football teams heading in opposite directions square off Friday night when Baker School’s Gators travel to Freeport to take on the Bulldogs at 7 p.m.

Baker is riding high with a 4-0 record and has yet to score less than 35 points in a game. The Gators’ potent offense could spell bad news for a Freeport team off to a 0-5 start and whose defense is giving up an average of better than 51 points per game.

Gator senior tailback D.J. Thomas, who has scored 10 touchdowns while rushing for more than 700 yards, could have another explosive game against the Bulldogs.

Despite what the numbers might say, Baker coach Matt Brunson isn't overlooking the Bulldogs.

"This is a big game because it's the first game of district play and because we haven't been successful against Freeport in a couple years," he said. "We lost a close one in overtime at their place two years ago. And then last year they beat us on a last-second touchdown in a pretty high-scoring game.

"Coach (Jim) Anderson does a great job ... those guys have been battling Northview, and we want to get to where they have been. We need to beat these guys to get there."

The Bulldogs suffered a huge loss during the off-season when senior quarterback Gabe Moore elected to step away from football to concentrate on a budding track career.

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