Archive for Friday, October 2, 2009

Bulldogs fall to 0-5 after homecoming loss

Baldwin High School junior Josh Hoffman, left, follows his blockers during a first quarter run. Hoffman scored Baldwin's only touchdown, as he rushed in from 12 yards out. Baldwin lost to Ottawa 18-7.

Baldwin High School junior Josh Hoffman, left, follows his blockers during a first quarter run. Hoffman scored Baldwin's only touchdown, as he rushed in from 12 yards out. Baldwin lost to Ottawa 18-7.

October 2, 2009

It took 34 straight games for the Ottawa High football team to get a win, but it happened here Friday night.

For Ottawa coach Marc Bergan, it took him 14 games to get the infamous monkey off of his back. In his second year as the Cyclones’ coach, Bergan ended the losing skid. His Cyclones (1-4) beat Baldwin (0-5) 18-7.

“This is huge,” Bergan said. “It started way before I got here. We went through a tough time last year. The kids never gave up and they battled. We lost a few close ones this year, but we knew we were getting closer. It had been a long time coming. Those seniors have been through an awful lot. They were very emotional and they should have been.”

Before Friday, Ottawa had lost its previous 33 games, which dated back to the 2005 season. Bergan took over the helm last fall, but was unable to end the losing streak.

However, Ottawa played a winless Baldwin team that lost its last two games against previously winless teams. Baldwin took the initial drive 73 yards in 12 plays to take an early 7-0 lead. The Cyclones scored 18 unanswered points to ruin the Bulldogs’ homecoming.

Ottawa answered right back with an 85-yard drive that only took nine plays. Ottawa senior Corbin Goedert threw the first of his three touchdowns to cap off the drive.

Baldwin also helped the Cyclones by fumbling the ball three times on their own side of the field.

The Cyclones took advantage of great field position to score their second touchdown. They went 28 yards in two plays to take a 12-7 lead. They scored one more with 6:44 remaining in the game.

Ottawa held the ball during the final 5:59 of the game. The Cyclones ran the ball nine times as they marched down field and ran the clock out.

Next Friday, Ottawa will host De Soto for its homecoming. Baldwin will travel to Louisburg.

O — 6 0 6 6 – 18

B — 7 0 0 0 – 7

B — Josh Hoffman 12 run (Hoffman kick made)

O — Levi Daniels 31 reception from Corbin Goedert (Blake Firestone kick short)

O — Dustin Burnett 25 reception from Goedert (Goedert conversion failed)

O — Dustin Burnett 16 reception from Goedert (Goedert conversion failed)


Highstreet 10 years, 12 months ago

Worst Baldwin High football team in decades and decades. Not the coach's fault. The senior class is an absolute wipeout (so far as football goes) and those are the players that will define success in the game. It is what it is for a once-proud high school football tradition. Sad to see.


sportsfan 10 years, 12 months ago

Great pep talk, Highstreet. You sound like the soccer coach. The football kids have a lot of heart and are not losing on purpose. They have potential and it will take a while to develop. Many of them participate in three sports a year and that in itself is impressive. Every high school in every city goes through cycles of being successful and then not so much. That goes for all the sports, so be nice and give BHS your support.


TheOnlyGreyghost 10 years, 12 months ago

Well said, Sportsfan.

Highstreet (or is it "high horse"?), you have no class. These are kids. They have a life outside football. They have classes to study for, chores at home, and (I hope) a normal teen social life. This is a VERY small town. It should be no surprise that in some years there simply won't be a bunch of football standouts. There simply is not that much depth from which to draw.

What is your point in viciously bashing the kids who practice faithfully every week then go out there to face another opponent--go out and try, knowing that they are not standouts and that they have to walk around that school and this town all week between games, facing a lot of people who (like you) blame them for feeling let down?

They may not be the most talented football players in the history of the city but they have heart and courage. Each one, you may be sure, has his own strengths and talents and he's got a lot of time ahead of him to develop them--in college, in a profession, and in life. My hope for each is that they not become bitter, mean adults like Highstreet.

Save your venom for the multimillionaire professional losers, a.k.a., The Kansas City Chiefs.


youngitized 10 years, 11 months ago

I am a Baldwin graduate and have seen some really good football teams in Baldwin City. I think this team has the potential to be a .500 team. There have been turnover issues all season thus far. Also, with that said, the last two years BHS was 18-6 running a version of the single wing offense (granted that is with different players in all). My thinking is this...if something is working and has had some proven success why do you abandon it? I think BHS can still win some games this season and salvage the season, but in order to do that I think they need to get back to the single wing.


Julie Craig 10 years, 11 months ago

Wow highstreet. Apparently you were a High School all american for your team? Kicking a team when they're down comes from small minded wanna-be arm chair quarterbacks. Go Bulldogs!!


lola 10 years, 11 months ago

I think the cross country teams did well this weekend. Any chance we could get an update on them before Thursday? If it's already posted and I just didn't see it, never mind.


AncientBaldwin 10 years, 11 months ago

Hey, the Boys need our support, not the sole of our shoe in their face. They lost a good Senior Class, and there are only 5 Seniors on this year's team. This team is young and learning. It is a process. They cannot run single wing now because the biggest holes are on our offensive and defensive lines (In my view). The point is Losing hurts worse than winning feels good, at 0-5, I am sure deep down they are feeling snakebit, and as mistakes begin to happen in a game it is so easy for the "here we go again" thoughts to start creeping in.

Let's leave the motivation and critique up to Coach Berg (a fine man and coach) and keep cheering for our team. If you're going to be fairweathered, they are not your team, and need none of your input. Go to the games, thank the Boys, and the Cheerleaders, and encourage them. Most of all let them know they are winners to us no matter what a scoreboard says, and Baldwin is behind our Bulldogs 100% Go Dogs!


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