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Baldwin romps by St. James, 56-18

Baldwin senior Colton Stark, 66, wraps up St. James quarterback Alex King for no gain in the second quarter of Bulldogs' 56-18 victory Friday against the Thunder.

Baldwin senior Colton Stark, 66, wraps up St. James quarterback Alex King for no gain in the second quarter of Bulldogs' 56-18 victory Friday against the Thunder.

September 21, 2013

Baldwin unloaded its many weapons Friday on St. James, romping to a 56-18 victory against the visiting Thunder.

The Bulldogs scored on eight of their first nine possessions. So efficient was Baldwin’s offensive firepower that it could overcome penalty misfires that again plagued the team.

Baldwin offense was on target from its first possession, which ended with sophomore Jake Katzer’s 24-yard touchdown run. The Bulldogs then benefitted from two Thunder fumbles, which setup the Baldwin offense for short-field drives of 44 and 34 yards.

It took Baldwin just one play to score after getting the ball 44-yards out. Quarterback Chad Berg completed a lateral pass to Cornell Brown, who then found senior Tim Craig behind the Thunder defense.

Craig also caught a 24-yard TD pass from Berg to complete a three-play drive on the second short-field opportunity.

“Coach (Mike Berg) had a great play call,” Craig said of his first touchdown. “It was a career night for me. We played good. We need to keep it going.”

Leading 21-0 after the first quarter, it was Baldwin’s turn to be generous, fumbling the ball away on its own 8-yard line. The Thunder cashed in when sophomore quarterback Alex King scrambled for a touchdown on fourth and goal from the 5-yard line.

King’s arm would lead St. James down the field on the visitors’ next possession, which ended with a touchdown pass to Jake Blade and brought St. James to within 13-points at 28-15.

King’s arm would lead St. James down the field on the visitors’ next possession, which ended with a touchdown pass to Jake Blade and brought St. James to within 13-points at 28-15.

The Thunder couldn’t get back in the game, however, because it was unable to stop Baldwin. The Bulldogs started their next drive at its 28-yard line with 5:40 left in the half. For the third-straight game, Baldwin would score on its last possession of the half. But unlike the first two games in which the team had to execute its hurry-up offense to score before halftime, this time the Bulldogs went on a 14-play drive that bled more than 5 minutes off the clock before Brown scored from 3 yards out with 26 seconds left in the half.

“We want to be a ball-control offense, and if we can use up the clock and give it them with no time — I think they had it for 18 seconds — that gives us momentum going into the locker room,” coach Berg said.

St. James couldn’t move the ball on that last possession, nor could it accomplish anything on offense in the second half.

“A-plus,” Berg said of the grade he’d give the Bulldog pass defense. “We had a defensive line that put pressure on the quarterback. He made some short throws, but that was our game plan — keep everything underneath and nothing over the top.”

Baldwin, on the other hand, scored three third-quarter rushing touchdowns, two on a 44-yard-run from Berg and a 69-yard dash from Brown, who broke a tackle in the backfield to get loose. Brown's night also included a 60-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

Coach Berg said the two elusive runners made life miserable for defenders and sometimes the Bulldogs’ own down-field blockers.

“We have shifty backs,” he said. “Sometimes the defenders get ready to lock up with them and they turn their backs and we hit them in the back. We just have to keep practicing those things. That’s why we practice.”

Baldwin now 3-0 on the year will play Friday at Spring Hill for a Frontier League matchup. The Bulldogs and Broncos played twice last year, with Spring Hill winning the regular-season contest at Liston Stadium and Baldwin getting revenge in the first round of the 4A playoffs.

“We have to be ready for them,” Berg said. “They are very well coached. They just pound the ball, and hopefully we can be physical again and slow them down.”

Baldwin 56, St. James Academy 18

Baldwin (3-0) 21 14 21 0 - 56

St. James (1-2) 0 15 0 3 – 18

Baldwin scoring: Jake Katzer 24-yard run (Matt Michels kick), Cornell Brown 44-yard pass to Tim Craig (Michels kick), Chad Berg 24-yard pass to Tim Craig (Michels kick), Brown 60-yard-run (Michels kick), Brown 3-yard run (Michels kick), Berg 44-yard run (Michels kick), Brown 69-yard run (Michels kick), Joel Katzer 17-yard run (Michels kick).

St. James: Alex King 5-yard run, (PAT Conner Moore pass to Hand Ryan), King pass to Jake Blade (King kick), King 16-yard field goal.

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