The Baker Spartans hosted the Poplar Indians Oct. 9 for homecoming and finished with a 53-13 victory to make them 6-0.
By Jordan Baxter
The varsity put the game away fast with a 17 yard touchdown pass from Luke Gonsioroski to Austin Braun. The extra point was good, putting the Spartans up 7-0. Shortly after, Joe Fisher broke out and had a 77 yard touchdown catch from Gonsioroski. The extra point from Austin Braun made it 14-0 early in the first quarter. Poplar came right back and scored, making the score 14-7. Baker fired right back with a run by Michael Holliday for a one yard touchdown which made the margin bigger with a 20-7 lead. Soon after Luke Gonsioroski broke loose and ran for 28 yard touchdown, and Austin Braun added the extra point to make it 27-7 to end the first quarter.
Baker struck early in the second quarter with a ten yard touchdown pass from Austin Braun to Paul Wang. Jordan Baxter added the extra point to make the score 34-7. On the next drive, Austin Braun had a 36 yard touchdown run, extending the lead even more to 40-7. Baker’s defense continued to dominate and gave the Spartans a lot of offensive opportunities. In the final seconds of the second quarter. Dalton Herbst scrambled for a 53 yard touchdown. Isaac Nemitz added the extra point to end the first half 47-7.
The third quarter was very quiet as both teams played defense well. At the end of the third, Poplar pushed in for a touchdown, scratching at the Spartan lead 47-13.
Starting the fourth, the defenses were thriving on turnover after turnover. Nearing the middle of the quarter, Terrell Koenig pushed in with a touchdown run, making the score 53-13.
Offensively, the Spartans had 31 runs for 461 yards. Austin Braun had 3-104 yards, Dillon Cunningham 9-99 yards. Receiving – Joe Fisher 1-77 yards, Austin Braun 1-17 yards TD, Paul Wang 1-10 yards TD.
Defensely there was a three way tie for nine tackles each – Isaac Rost, Trevor Lingle and Terrell Koenig; Isaac Rost had one interception, and a fumble recovery; and Adam Beyers had one fumble recovery.