Archive for Wednesday, October 30, 2002

Baldwin falls short in Toy Bowl

October 30, 2002

The Baldwin Wildcats almost won their second straight Toy Bowl Sunday in the University of Kansas' Memorial Stadium. Unfortunately, there's that almost.

Lawrence's Hurricanes returned the favor on the Wildcats Sunday, winning 14-6 in a hard-fought contest. Last year, the Wildcats stunned the Hurricanes 14-12 to win Baldwin it's first-ever Toy Bowl title.

It almost happened again.

"It was a typical Hurricane game. We played smash-mouth football," said coach Scott Hall. "We just came up a little short."

The Hurricanes opened with a 8-0 lead in the first quarter by taking advantage of a botched punt snap to get the ball on the one-yard line. It took them several plays to get in and then they added the conversion.

Baldwin answered in a big way in the second quarter when running back Sam Beecher scampered his way for a 70-yard touchdown gallop.

"It was an off-tackle play, he squirted out and streaked down the far sideline for the touchdown," said Hall.

Lawrence scored on a big play of its own to take a 14-8 halftime lead. That's how it ended, but there was plenty more smash-mouth before it was over.

Baldwin chewed up most of the third quarter on a drive that would stall out on the three-yard line just into the fourth frame.

"The offensive line kind of dominated the whole day, but we just couldn't quite finish it off," he said. "We had the long drive, but couldn't finish the deal at the three-yard line."

It still was a good experience, he added.

"It was a thrill for the kids to play at KU," said Hall. "We played hard. It wasn't for a lack of effort."

He cited several players and the entire offensive and defensive lines.

"Sam Beecher and Alan Callahan had good runs behind the good work of the offensive line," he said. "Dustin Mills and Callahan did well on defense and the defensive line dominated all day. They busted a couple of big plays and that was the difference."

The loss ended the season for the Wildcats with a 5-2 record.

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