MOOREVILLE – Michael Gray is proud to finally see the version of the Baldwyn Bearcats he’s come to expect each year.
Baldwyn racked up 443 yards and rolled to a 54-16 victory over Mooreville at Steve Bass Field on Friday night.
“I thought tonight for four quarters we played with a purpose,” Gray said. “We played a lot better on both sides of the ball and it all starts up front. Those front five on offense and the front four on defense did a really super job.”
Bearcat quarterback Corbin Scott had plenty of time to work and directed Baldwyn (1-2) to a 34-10 halftime lead. Scott completed 13 of 19 passes for 186 yards.
The senior also had three touchdown passes, all in the second quarter and each to a different receiver. Clayton Gray, Devonta Gates and Matthew Gates all hauled in scoring receptions to help Baldwyn start to pull away.
“We worked really hard this week,” Scott said. “We conditioned and I felt that it made us a lot better.”
The Bearcats also had a strong night with its rushing attack. Laquintez Upshaw had touchdowns of 2 and 17 yards to put Baldwyn up 10-3 nine minutes into the contest.
Devonta Gates, Anthony Beene and Hudson Beene all added scoring runs after the break for Baldwyn.
The loss signals the end of a long two-week period for the Troopers. Mooreville will be at full strength for its next game after having multiple players suspended by the MHSAA for the previous couple of games.
“Nothing went right. It was one of those nights where it just kind of snowballed on us,” said Mooreville coach Kevin Austin. “Everything went bad and it didn’t get any better.”
John Thomas Peugh was not as sharp as usual and did not play the entire second half. He was 4-of-13 for 82 yards while his team was held to 171 total yards and only 64 after Peugh left the game.
Tay Rucker returned a punt 64 yards to the end zone in the first quarter and Taylor Franks had a late 45-yard touchdown sprint to cap Mooreville’s scoring.