Bulldogs roll over SFT in district opener
Sam Beecher may have stolen the show Friday night, but it was Brandon Tommer who was a threat on both sides of the ball.
Beecher accounted for six of Baldwin High School’s seven touchdowns. Tommer caught two of those touchdowns and intercepted a pair of Santa Fe Trail passes.
Both BHS seniors helped their team (6-1) beat the Chargers in convincing fashion, 46-18.
“This feels great,” Tommer said. “We are getting closer to that district championship.”
Friday’s contest was the Bulldogs’ first district game of the season. It was also the final regular season game at Liston Stadium. The next two contests will be at Perry-Lecompton and at Eudora.
“It’s a good way to go out if we don’t play here again,” Tommer said. “Hopefully, we can come back and play here in a couple weeks.”
Baldwin took control of the game early, as Tommer and Beecher got started. They helped the Bulldogs score on six consecutive possessions during the first three quarters.
The Bulldogs’ first two possessions resulted in a missed field goal and a punt. However, that would be the only possessions they didn’t score on until late in the third quarter.
“We kind of started slow tonight, but the kids rallied,” coach Mike Berg said. “We didn’t have as many penalties as we did last week. We were also able to throw the ball tonight, which is really nice to help our offensive efficiency.”
Baldwin completed a season-high of passes Friday. Beecher completed 13 of his 17 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns. Tommer caught eight of Beecher’s passes.
“It was nice to get some catches,” Tommer said. “Coach promised me he would give me some catches tonight, so it was good to come out and catch some passes.
“We’re just trying to spread it out a bit,” he said. “We can throw it a little bit and surprise some people.”
Senior Andy Thurlow caught three passes, while senior Logan Schiller and sophomore Josh Hoffman each caught one. Berg said the Bulldogs didn’t come into the game expecting to throw a lot, but the Chargers’ defense allowed them to run short routes and run after the catch.
“It wasn’t really our plan to throw a bunch,” Berg said. “Our game plan is just to move the football. We’ve got receivers that can catch and Sam can throw. They were playing off our wide receivers so we thought we’d hit a bunch of those little 6-yard routes tonight. It opened up everything for us.
“I think if we get the ball to more than a couple people in our offense, then we are going to be more dangerous,” he said. “That’s what we’ve got to do. We’ve got to run the play, call anybody’s number and move the ball down the field.”
Baldwin also ran the ball well with Beecher, Hoffman and Thurlow leading the way. Beecher finished the game with 18 carries for 113 yards. Hoffman rushed the ball five times for 38 yards while Thurlow averaged 10 yards per carry on three attempts.
Late in the game, some younger Bulldogs saw some action on the field. Sophomore Will VonBargen carried the ball four times for 15 yards and a touchdown. Freshman Britton Shroeder racked up 40 yards on nine carries.
However, it was Beecher who accumulated the touchdowns. He had carries of 4, 5, 9 and 11 yards for scores.
“Sam Beecher is guy that keeps our team going,” Berg said. “He is a leader out there and he gets guys in the right spot. He can run the ball or pass the ball. He’s an all-around great offensive player. He’s a great weapon.”
The Chargers didn’t score a single point until Baldwin was already leading 46-0 in the fourth quarter and its starters were on the bench.
For the second district game of the season, Baldwin will travel to Perry-Lecompton. The game will begin at 7 p.m. Friday.
After last week’s win, Berg hoped his players enjoyed the victory, but knew they have work to do this week to prepare for the Kaws.
“We have to get refocused,” Berg said. “I think they are going to enjoy their Maple Leaf and eat some turkey legs and funnel cakes. Then we have to come back on Monday and look at Perry. They are a great team and we have mistakes to fix. We’ve haven’t peaked and I think that’s a good thing.”
SFT — 0 0 0 18 - 18
B — 7 21 12 6 – 46
B — Beecher 4 run (Logan Schiller kick good)
B — Beecher 5 run (Schiller kick)
B — Beecher 9 run (Schiller kick)
B — Brandon Tommer 17 reception from Beecher (Schiller kick)
B — Beecher 11 run (Schiller kick wide right)
B — Tommer 30 reception from Beecher (Beecher run failed)
B — Will Von Bargen 5 run (Heath Parmley run failed)
SFT — Caleb Cook 1 run (Chase McIver kick wide left)
SFT — Cook 5 run (Phoenix Anshutz run failed)
SFT — Cook 52 run