BHS football team defeats Ottawa 28-6

Baldwin High School sophomore Cornell Brown scored the Bulldogs' final touchdown Friday night. BHS beat Ottawa 28-6, winning its first Class 4A district game. Enlarge photo

October 20, 2011

OTTAWA ― It wasn't the best looking win in Mike Berg's tenure at Baldwin High School, but it was a victory nonetheless.

Baldwin High's football team failed on three fourth-down attempts and threw an interception in the first half of action Friday night. However, the Bulldogs did score all four touchdowns on the ground as it won its opening Class 4A district game over the Cyclones 28-6.

“We told the team, '1-0 and plus-13,'” coach Berg said. “That's what we came here to do. It wasn't the prettiest game. Ottawa had a good game plan against us. We didn't execute very well, but our kids played well enough to win.

“We were inconsistent tonight,” he said. “I thought we came off of the Louisburg game on a high and for some reason our intensity wasn't here tonight. It seemed like the stadium was dead tonight.”

Baldwin (5-2) has won four-consecutive games, while Ottawa (1-6) has dropped its last four. Both teams will play Santa Fe Trail and Eudora for their final two district games.

“We've got a nice winning streak going right now,” sophomore Cornell Brown said. “We have big games the next two weeks, so we need to come out and play well.”

The Bulldogs were happy to get the win Friday. It kept their winning streak alive and they are now 1-0 in their district, along with Eudora who crushed Santa Fe Trail 49-18.

“We're very excited to get the win tonight,” senior Colton Bonner said. “We played well in some parts, but other parts we didn't play very well. That's how football goes. We just have to keep our heads in the game. Now we have to look ahead to Santa Fe Trail. We have to take things one game at a time.”

The Bulldogs locked up the victory with 6:39 remaining in the game. Ottawa drove the ball 66 yards in 10 plays and scored on a 10-yard pass.

Baldwin responded to Ottawa's only touchdown with an 8-play, 76-yard drive that was capped off with a 26-yard touchdown run by Brown.

“We didn't play as well as we could have tonight,” Brown said. “But we got the win and plus-13, so that's as good as we can do, I guess.”

Early in the second half, Baldwin nearly put the game out of reach. Colton Stark recovered a fumble on the opening play of the half. Baldwin scored three plays later on a Dayton Valentine, BHS junior, one-yard touchdown run.

The Bulldogs intercepted the Cyclones twice on Friday. Senior Alex Twombly and sophomore Skyler Shockley picked off passes. The Bulldogs also held the Cyclones to five three-and-out drives.

“Our defense played well all night,” Berg said. “They moved the ball a little bit, but when we had to make a play, we made a play. Last week, it seemed like our offense made a play when we needed it. Now, we need to get our offense and defense to show up on the same night. If that happens, we'll be a pretty tough team to beat.”

BHS scored with 33 seconds remaining in the first half. Junior Tyler Cawley rushed in from two yards to give BHS a 14-0 lead at halftime.

Baldwin's first score came on its second possession of the game. Sophomore Chad Berg broke a 39 yard run, while weaving through defenders en route to the end zone.

Baldwin will travel Friday to Santa Fe Trail. Kick off is set for 7 p.m.

“We've got to regroup,” Berg said. “We've got some kids that are banged up, so we'll have to heal up and get ready for Santa Fe Trail.”

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