Archive for Thursday, December 2, 2004

BHS lands 16 on Frontier All-League squad

December 2, 2004

Baldwin High School won its first Frontier League football title in three decades this year and that accomplishment wasn't disregarded by league coaches.

BHS placed more players on the all-league team than ever before, including eight first teamers.

"We had our best year in all league selections with 16 different players making the team," said coach Mike Berg. "We also had four first teamers on offense and defense."

The first-team offensive selections were seniors Earl McNish at tight end, Kyle Ruona on the line and Austin Inzer at wide receiver and running back. Junior Jeremy Wright was chosen at quarterback.

McNish, a 6-foot, 185 pounder, led BHS in receiving with 15 catches for 162 yards and a touchdown. Inzer, a 6-1, 175 pounder, had 13 catches for 246 yards and four touchdowns. On the ground, he ran for 713 yards on 86 carries for an average of 8.2 yards per carry and also added another six touchdowns. He was No. 2 in both categories for the Bulldogs. Wright had 481 yards on the ground with three touchdowns and threw for another 443 yards and two touchdowns.

First-team defensive selections were McNish at defensive end, junior Klay Garrison at linebacker, senior Ricky Baker at defensive back and Inzer at defensive back. Garrison is a 5-10, 185 pounder, and Baker is a 6-foot, 180 pounder.

BHS's honorable mention selections on offense were Garrison at running back; senior Justin Jones (5-10, 235), junior Braxton Nottingham (6-0, 195), senior Caleb Thomas (5-11, 230) and senior Matt Bowlin (6-0, 205), all on the line; and sophomore Blake Wieden (5-11, 160) at quarterback. Garrison led the Bulldogs with 788 yards on 124 carries with 10 touchdowns. Wieden started a couple of games in relief of the injured Wright at the end of the season and completed 18 of 30 passes for 333 yards and a pair of scores.

Honorable mention selections on defense were junior Eli Mitchell (5-11, 230), Thomas and senior Brandon Cone (6-1, 190) on the line; senior Scott Johnson (5-11, 180) at defensive end; senior Luke Halford (6-0, 200) at linebacker; and senior Emery Baughan (5-7, 150) at defensive back.

The Bulldogs compiled a 4-1 mark in Frontier League big school division play to gain their title and ended the year with a 9-2 record. They also won the first district title since the early 1990s.

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