CENTURY — Baker faced its first true test of the year in a 14-12 win over Northview.

The teams had already met once this season, in the Kickoff Classic. While the game didn’t count in the win-loss record, the 7-6 loss showed Baker coach Matt Brunson one thing. His team needed to be ready when they faced the Chiefs again.

In the first half, it didn’t look like the Gators were ready. In fact, their first three drives ended with a fumble, a punt and then another fumble.

Aside from a Sam Crowson 31-yard touchdown pass to Jackson Adams with 13 seconds left in the first half, not a whole lot seemed to be clicking for the Gators.

The normally stellar offense finally found some rhythm late in the third quarter, despite their first drive ending in a punt. On the next possession, they went on a 60-yard, six-minute drive to extend the lead to 14-6 thanks to Joe Brunson.

The Chiefs answered right back on the first play of their drive with a 61-yard touchdown run from Jayden Jackson to make it a two-point game heading into the fourth quarter.

The fourth quarter was the craziest of the night. For two minutes early in the quarter, the ball went back and forth on two different interceptions and two different fumbles.

Things eventually settled down, giving the Chiefs the last drive of the night. As time expired on the clock, the Chiefs threw a last chance pass that was intercepted by the Gators, who held on to win and remain undefeated.

STAT OF THE NIGHT: 7

Baker has now won seven straight regular-season games against Northview. That’s not counting the playoff victory the Gators had over the Chiefs last year.

OFFENSIVE MVP: Joe Brunson

If I’m being honest, I’m running out of things to say about the star junior. The kid continues to prove why he’s a 2019 Dandy Dozen selection.

Tonight, he ran for over 150 yards. His late third quarter 3-yard touchdown run was the difference tonight. It also marks his 7th touchdown of the season.

DEFENSIVE MVP: Ethan Edge and Bodie Kolb

The defensive stars of the fourth quarter. Choosing between the two is difficult and here's why:

With eight minutes left in the game, Edge intercepted a Northview pass at the Gator 14-yard line. A little over a minute later, Edge secured a Northview fumble.

Kolb secured the victory for the Gators by intercepting Northview’s pass at the 9-yard line as time expired.

All three plays stopped very likely Northview scores, so they both get the nod tonight.

QUOTABLE:

“I was just thinking get the ball and go down if I can catch it”- Bodie Kolb on his game-ending interception

UP NEXT:

Baker will host Cottondale next Friday night at 7 for their homecoming game. It will be the first time the two teams have met since 2016.

NOTES:

-Friday night’s victory was Baker’s 32nd straight regular season win

-Baker has held Northview to 27 points or less in their last eight meetings

-Baker has averaged 36 points in their first three games this season.

-While Baker would be considered a smaller school, their band is bigger than the Chiefs


And that's game. Baker wins 14-12 pic.twitter.com/hIU69cJ7zw


— Ashleigh Wilde (@cnbAshleigh) September 14, 2019//

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