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Fort Scott next for BHS football team

November 12, 2003

By Jeff Myrick

Baldwin City Signal Editor

Next up for the Baldwin High School Bulldogs in the Class 4A football playoffs is Fort Scott, which has a 10-1 record and unlike BHS, has been a regular in post-season play for the past several years.

BHS coach Mike Berg knows his Bulldogs will be facing their toughest opponent yet. Fort Scott's lone loss was 28-27 to Girard in district play. That put Fort Scott in second place in the district, just like BHS. Because of that, Fort Scott has played both of its p layoff games on the road and that's why this week's game will be played there.

Regardless of where, Fort Scott provides a formidable opponent.

"They are very athletic," said Berg. "It's the most athletic team we've played to date. They are a very fundamentally sound team. They've been in the last four state championship games.

"The do a good job on capitalizing on mistakes," he said. "Louisburg was up 7-0 and started making mistakes."

Fort Scott rebounded from that 7-0 deficit against Louisburg for a 32-7 win Saturday. BHS beat Frontier League foe Louisburg 28-13 earlier in the season.

Unlike Piper, Fort Scott relies on a balanced attack.

"They run a split-back veer with some one-back," said Berg. "They run a jet back reverse that is tough. They do a good job using their speed. It's a mixture of running and passing."

On defense, Fort Scott runs a 4-3, which BHS has seen several times during the year. The Bulldogs will be counting on the running game provided mostly by standout senior Micah Mason wh o now has 1,868 yards on the season. But, recently, the BHS passing game has come around and sophomore quarterback Jeremy Wright had his best totals in Saturday's 41-20 win over Piper by completing five of 10 passes for 114 yards. Senior wide receiver And rew Hannon caught four of those for 101 yards and a touchdown.

Fort Scott is 93 miles from Baldwin and can be easily reached by taking Sixth St. (LeLoup Road) south to U.S. Hwy. 68 to Louisburg and then U.S. Hwy. 69 south to Fort Scott. The Bulldogs have had great road crowds so far and Berg is expecting to see that again Friday.

"We're looking forward to continued support on the road," he said. "We're undefeated on the road this year and want that to continue."{i

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