Bulldogs’ rally falls short as season ends
Baldwin City A second half rally by Baldwin High fell short here Saturday night as the Bulldogs’ season ended.
Holton (10-1) defeated the Bulldogs (8-3) 24-14 to advance to the next round of the Class 4A state playoffs.
“You’ve got to feel for our whole team, especially our seniors,” Baldwin coach Mike Berg said. “They played lights out in the second half, but in the playoffs you can’t give a team a 24-point head start.
“I’m proud of the way we came back and played tough,” he said. “We told them at halftime, ‘we want you to play tough.’ It all goes back to blocking and tackling. They did both of those better than we did in the first half.”
Holton jumped out to a 24-point lead in the first half. The Wildcats scored three touchdowns to lead 24-0 at halftime of the 4A regional playoff game.
The Wildcats ran 46 plays to Baldwin’s 15 in the first half. BHS only gained 40 yards in the half.
Baldwin rallied to score a pair of touchdowns in the second half. BHS attempted a long field goal to close the gap late, but it fell short. The Bulldogs were later stopped on a fourth-down attempt with 2:25 remaining in the contest.
Holton will advance to play the winner of the Paola-Columbus contest next Friday.
H — 7 17 0 0 - 24
B — 0 0 14 0 – 14
H — Dalton Harshaw 3 run (Mitchell Hampton kick good)
H — Kaleb Smith 1 run (Hampton kick wide left)
H — Hampton 21 field goal
H — Jordan Moseley 1 run (Kyle Zimmerman attempt good)
B — Sam Beecher 2 run (Logan Schiller kick good)
B — Andy Thurlow 50 run (Schiller kick good)