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Baldwin loses to St. James in battle of unbeatens

Baldwin senior Mark Harmon hits a hole early in the Bulldogs game Friday against St. James Academy. The Bulldogs suffered their first loss of the season, 42-31.

Baldwin senior Mark Harmon hits a hole early in the Bulldogs game Friday against St. James Academy. The Bulldogs suffered their first loss of the season, 42-31.

September 15, 2012

Overland Park — Baldwin lost its first game of the season to St. James Academy, 42- 31, when late in the game it was unable to make big fourth-down stops on defense or sustain drives on offense.

After Baldwin took a 31-21 lead with 6:16 remaining in the third quarter, St. James scored the last 21 points of the game and had another drive end with a missed field goal. The Thunder first marched 59 yards on an 11-play drive, cutting the Bulldog lead to 31-28. The Thunder twice converted on fourth downs plays to keep possession of the ball.

St. James got the lead for good with an eight-play drive in the fourth quarter. Senior quarterback Jansen Keyes ran four times for 19 yards, picking up a first down with a 4-yard run on a crucial play to Baldwin‘s 36-yard line.

As the Thunder found offensive momentum, Baldwin’s offense stalled. The Bulldogs were unable to pick up a first down in their last four possessions.

“ They are huge up front,” Baldwin coach Mike Berg said. “I think they wore us down a little bit. They have a great scheme and had their quarterback run it at us.

“I’m really proud of our kids. They have a great fan base and great program. We came into a hostile environment and fought hard. If a few bounces had gone our way, we would have been on the winning side.”

St. James fumbled four times but was able to retain possession on all but one occasion. The biggest Thunder recovery came in the second quarter when junior wide receiver Alex King recovered Jason Bade’s fumble near the goal line for the team’s second touchdown.

St. James coach Tom Radke praised the Bulldogs’ effort, noting Baldwin lost senior tight end and defensive end Dayton Valentine near the end of the first quarter. The Bulldogs’ offensive potency was behind his decisions to keep the offense on the field for big fourth-down plays in the third and fourth quarters, he said.

“I don’t like to punt,” he said. “We got a good punt in the third quarter and on the next play they go 93 yards (a catch and run by junior Tim Craig that set up the Bulldogs’ final score). I want to keep the ball in our hands.

“I knew they were going to score points. I respect so much what coach Berg is doing with that program. They were playing without two of their best players and stayed in the game.”

Junior wide receiver, running back Chad Berg, an all-league selection as a sophomore, has been out of action since the season opener. Valentine was injured Friday on the Bulldogs’ first touchdown play. The 12-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Tyler Cawley to junior receiver Cornell Brown capped a 12-play drive that covered 43 yards. Having earlier scored on a 34-yard field goal from senior Austin Kraus, the touchdown gave Baldwin its first lead of the night, 10-7.

Baldwin also scored on a 12-play 75-yard second quarter drive and a 49-yard four-play drive.

Baldwin next plays its 2012 homecoming game at 7 p.m. Friday at Liston Stadium against Frontier League foe Spring Hill.

St. James (3-0) 7 14 7 14 42

Baldwin (2-1) 10 14 7 0 31

St. James (3-0) 7 14 7 14 42

Baldwin (2-1) 10 14 7 0 31

Scoring: Baldwin: Austin Kraus 34-yard field goal; Brown three-yard pass from Tyler Cawley (Kraus kick); Luke Fursman 1-yard pass from Cawley (Kraus kick); Cornell Brown 9-yard run (Kraus kick); Fursman 14-yard pass from Cawley (Kraus kick); Fursman 12-yard pass from Cawley (Kraus kick);

St. James – Tommy Huppe 18-yard touchdown pass from Jansen Keyes (Alex King kick); Alex King, fumble recovery in the end zone (King kick): King 17-yard pass from Keyes (King kick), King1-yard run (King kick); Keith Winger 26-yard pass from Keyes (King kick); Winger 28-yard pass from Keyes (King kick).

Scoring: Baldwin: Austin Kraus 34-yard field goal; Brown three-yard pass from Tyler Cawley (Kraus kick); Luke Fursman 1-yard pass from Cawley (Kraus kick); Cornell Brown 9-yard run (Kraus kick); Fursman 14-yard pass from Cawley (Kraus kick); Fursman 12-yard pass from Cawley (Kraus kick);

St. James – Tommy Huppe 18-yard touchdown pass from Jansen Keyes (Alex King kick); Alex King, fumble recovery in the end zone (King kick): King 17-yard pass from Keyes (King kick), King1-yard run (King kick); Keith Winger 26-yard pass from Keyes (King kick); Winger 28-yard pass from Keyes (King kick).

Comments

AncientBaldwin 2 years ago

"...They were playing without two of their best players and stayed in the game.” - St. James Coach Tom Radke.

Stayed in the game? It seems to me that you have that backwards, there, Ace. Your team trailed until the 4th Quarter. I would say that it was your team that stayed in the game, and took advantage of opportunities. Class isn't just something that happens between bells, there Coach. I think you might wanna take it easy on your own Kool-Aid, or you will soon by your words, "stay in a game", perhaps more often than you'd like.

He sounds like a young coach. Congratulations to the team. You'll not have such fortune in our house. Your team, if we are going to tell the truth, did a good job of staying in the game, caught and exploited breaks when needed. Finally, coach Radke?, I'd work on the interview skills, were I you. Class dismissed.

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