Gators win War of Highway 4

Baker football

D.J. Thomas powers his way through the Jay defense as he finished the game with three touchdowns and 119 yards rushing in Baker's 48-21 victory Friday.

BILL GAMBLIN | Press Gazette
Published: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 04:00 PM.

JAY — Baker kept its playoff hopes alive with a 48-21 victory over Jay in the “War of Highway 4” Friday.

After a slow first half, the Gators (5-3, 1-1 in District 1-A) exploded with the second half’s opening kickoff.

Kodi Moen bobbled the kickoff before he rumbled through the Jay special teams unit 82 yards for the first of four third-quarter touchdowns.

In the first half, the Gators relied on the running of D.J. Thomas, but he became a decoy in the second half, as Adam Crowson would fake a hand-off to Thomas before eating up big yards.

Crowson’s first rushing attempt of the second half went for 56 yards; two plays later, he faked to Thomas again before going seven yards for the third quarter’s second score. It happened with less than four minutes to go up 21-7, after Jon Beck hit Austin Martin for a two-point conversion.

Baker held Jay to another three-and-out as they went to work again, before Crowson tacked on his second touchdown of the quarter from 36 yards out. The Gators were up 28-7, but they were not done.

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