Youth and inexperience caught up to the Wildcats September 19 as they lost their District 3-5A opener 41-14 at Ribault to fall to 1-3 overall on the season.
The injury-riddled defense allowed 27 unanswered points in the second half after the game was tied at halftime. The Trojans converted fourth downs on both of their third-quarter scoring drives to extend their lead to 27-14. Two more rushing touchdowns of 52- and 11-yards sealed Ribault’s win in the fourth.
Baker County fought back from a 14-point first-quarter deficit to even the score at halftime. Two Jacob Carter touchdown passes of about 30 yards to Vic Givens and Zach Rafuse tied the game going into the break.
The Wildcats will try to pull to .500 in district play September 26 when they host newly renamed Westside.