BAKER — In having Friday’s game against Jefferson County postponed until Monday, Matt Brunson saw a golden opportunity.
"It allowed us to see Port St. Joe and Sneads Friday night," said the man who’s led the Gators to four straight Final Fours.
Three nights later, after scouting the pair of teams in preparation for the Sunshine State Athletic Conference semifinals, the Gators cruised in a 35-0 win over visiting Jefferson County.
Joe Brunson rushed for 187 yards and three touchdowns and Baker’s defense, allowing less than eight points per game this season, posted a shutout to improve the Gators’ regular-season win streak to 37.
Eric McQueen added 68 rushing yards and a touchdown for a backfield that gained 338 yards, and quarterback Sam Crowson ended up 3-for-6 for 52 yards and a two-point conversion to McQueen.
Now 8-0, the Gators — ranked atop all of 1A in the RPI ranks — will welcome the Sharks, who Brunson watched win a 30-24 thriller over Sneads.
"They’re just athletic," Brunson said. "Greg Jordan over there does a good job and they run a Wing-T like us."
As for the win Monday, Brunson made a brilliant move to slot the game up to 6 p.m. to avoid all inclement weather.
STAT OF THE GAME: 4
That’s the amount off rushing yards Jefferson County (1-7) managed, falling behind early and resorting to the aerial attack with nothing available between the tackles.
Nonetheless, Jefferson County mustered just 84 yards of total offense,
OFFENSIVE MVP: Joe Brunson, Baker running back
Joe is a perfect 8-for-8 in eclipsing the 100-yard rushing mark and finding the end zone.
The junior has 1,581 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns and another 47 receiving yards and two scores.
DEFENSIVE MVP: Jackson Adams, Baker safety
The senior had his second interception of the season in helping the Gators shut down Jefferson County’s aerial attack.
Adams also had 80 yards rushing and a 41-yard touchdown reception, his 121 yards giving him 656 all-purpose yards and 13 total touchdowns on the season.
Matt Brunson: "If you have to play on a Monday, you start at 6 and get done early. By the time we finished, we felt the first rain drops."
UP NEXT: Baker hosts Port St. Joe (4-4 1-0) Friday night for a 7 p.m. start at Doug Griffith Stadium in the Sunshine State Athletic Conference semifinals.