By Melissa Meador/Monroe Journal
HATLEY – Baldwyn stayed in the hunt for the No. 2 seed in Division 1-2A and the chance to host a playoff game, dominating Hatley 69-0 on Thursday.
The Bearcats will take sole ownership of the No. 2 seed if Bruce beats Calhoun City tonight.
“We knew we had to take care of business tonight, and we were able to do that,” Baldwyn coach Michael Gray said. “We had a sluggish week in practice, but they played well when the lights came on. We did our job, and now it’s just a matter of where things fall tomorrow.”
Baldwyn (7-4, 4-1) led 56-0 at halftime and limited Hatley (0-11, 0-5) to just 34 yards of offense in the first half. Nine Bearcats found the end zone in the game, led by freshman RB Tyran Shinault, who had a 22-yard run for Baldwyn’s first score of the game and a 62-yard TDrun to open the second half.
Grinding it up
The Bearcats rushed for 415 yards, with Will Moore and Bradley Boose adding TD runs of 73 and 67 yards in the first quarter. Nathan Watson also had a 68-yard scoring run shortly before halftime.
“We had a lot of young kids who really worked hard this year, and it was good to get them in the game,” Gray said. “We got to see a lot of people take snaps and had no turnovers, so I was proud of them.”
Baldwyn’s defense forced four Hatley turnovers, including two picks, and held the Tigers to 147 yards.
Hatley coach Marty Warren praised the work ethic of his six seniors, who were honored before the game, during the winless season.
“For them to stick it out this year, it means a lot to our program, and it means a lot to me,” Warren said. “It says a lot about their character. I would take them back in a heartbeat next year. They worked hard all year long and never quit.”