BHS crushes Cards; to face Piper Saturday
This time Baldwin High School made it count with a dominating 43-18 victory over the Eudora Cardinals Tuesday night in the first round of the state playoffs.
"This was a big win," said coach Mike Berg. "We're taking the next step."
BHS had dominated Eudora earlier in the season, but only came away with a 15-7 win. Penalties and turnovers kept the score lower than it should have been. That didn't happen this time.
"Our kids have been waiting for this rematch all year," Berg said about Eudora's win last year in the playoffs and the closer regular season game this year. "We gave them a taste last game, but this time we finished them off. We didn't have the penalties and mistakes."
The Bulldogs dominated from the start, too. Capitalizing on a bad punt snap by Eudora, BHS scored its first touchdown less than three minutes into the game. Standout senior tailback Micah Mason cashed in the mistake with a 19-yard touchdown run.
It was a sign of what was to come. Mason ran for 142 yards in the first half and closed out the scoring with a 70-yard touchdown run with just 10 seconds left in the half to put BHS up 21-6.
But, Mason was far from finished. He added another 122 yards in the second half to total 264 yards on 29 carries for the game. He also had another 19-yard touchdown run in the second half to put the Bulldogs up 36-12 just into the fourth quarter.
Also scoring for the Bulldogs on the night were senior Andrew Hannon on a 20-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Jeremy Wright in the first quarter; senior fullback Kyle Flory on a one-yard run to open the second-half scoring; and Wright on a one-yard keeper to close out the scoring at 43 in the fourth frame.
Next up for BHS will be Piper, which beat Royal Valley 21-10 Tuesday night. That game will be Saturday at 7 p.m. at Liston Stadium. The Signal's Web site will continue with playoff updates.