BHS pounds Perry tune up for playoffs
It's high school football playoff time and the Baldwin High School Bulldogs showed they were ready by polishing off the Perry-Lecompton Kaws 42-14 Thursday in the last district game to wrap up the regular season with a 7-2 record.
The Bulldogs ended the district season with a 2-1 record to qualify for the state playoffs for the second year in a row. They took on Eudora Tuesday night (see story, page A-1).
To qualify for that game, the Bulldogs drilled Perry early and often, scoring 14 points in each of the first three quarters. Along the way, they amassed 379 yards in total offense.
"I thought our offense executed as well as they have all year by eliminating mistakes and penalties," said coach Mike Berg. "We didn't have any offsides, any fumbles, any holding. It was just good execution."
That's where a team should be as the playoffs start.
"This is the time when you should peak, most definitely," said Berg. "We've done a good job taking it just one game at a time. It keeps the team focused and that's been a benefit.
"I think it was a really good tune up," he said. "I think it's going to help our confidence heading into the playoffs. We had a lot of different people touch the ball and that's what it's going to take to advance through the playoffs."
Of course there was a mainstay -- senior tailback Micah Mason, who gained 184 yards on just 11 carries while scoring three touchdowns and a conversion. Mason picked up half those yards on two of his touchdown gallops, one covering 21 yards and the other 70 yards.
But, there were seven other Bulldogs who carried the ball. There were also three different quarterbacks and three receivers catch passes. Senior B.T. Turk had two of those catches for 39 yards and junior Austin Inzer caught one for 30 yards which set up BHS's last touchdown.
Thursday's onslaught started early and just kept going. BHS's Ricky Baker recovered a Perry fumble just barely into the game. Three plays later, senior fullback Kyle Flory cashed in the first touchdown. Eight minutes later, Mason scored on his 21-yard run after a 32-yard punt return by senior Andrew Hannon provided the field position.
Just into the second quarter, the Bulldog defense forced another Perry punt. Then it was time for Mason's 70-yard rumble to the end zone. Seven minutes later, it was back to the same script. Hannon returned a put 47 yards to put BHS just 30 yards away from another score. Two Mason runs brought the touchdown and his conversion carry made it 28-0. That's the way the half ended.
It was more of the same in the third frame. BHS scored on its first two possessions, first on a one-yard run by sophomore quarterback Jeremy Wright and then sophomore Klay Garrison closed out the scored with a five-yard run. BHS was up 42-0. From there, Berg continued to substitute freely and Perry put its two touchdowns up against the backups.
The Bulldogs already had their eyes on the first round of the playoffs and were looking for a different outcome from last year when Eudora won to advance.