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Wildcats capitalize on Paxon turnovers for 36-0 win

It didn’t take long Friday night for the Baker County High School Wildcats to resume their dominance of the Paxon Eagles and stake a claim to the co-lead in the district title race. The Cats scored on their first possession and then cruised to a 36-0 victory.

The Wildcats have had Paxon’s number over the last few years. Last season they shut out the Eagles to set a scoring record of 64-0 (broken in this year’s 73-0 waxing of Duval Charter).

Though Paxon is considerably better than last year’s version, it still was unable to stop BCHS. In the Cats’ opening possession, Falon Lee romped for 20 yards into Paxon territory to the 45-yard line. Corey Lawler, who has been running the ball very well as the Wildcats marched to a 4-1 record, moved the ball to the 3-yard line and on the next play, Mike Boone ran it in for the score. Lawler picked out Boone in the end zone for the two point conversion and an 8-0 lead.

Paxon had trouble all night long with long snaps. After the opening possession stalled, the center snapped the ball over the head of the punter, and though he got off a good punt to the Wildcat 32 it was the first of many miscues for the Eagles.

Lee moved the ball into Paxon territory on three successive runs and Lawler found Mike Boone for the touchdown. Boone got an excellent block from lineman Jon Kinney to break him out into the open and from there Boone did the rest as he scored from 45 yards out. The conversion attempt was no good but the Cats were up 14-0 at the end of the first period.

The second period saw the Cats capitalize on a second poor snap as the Eagle punter bobbled the ball and the Wildcats rushed in and blocked the punt to give BCHS the ball on the Eagle 7-yard line. Three plays later, Lawler ran it in from 2 yards out and then found Boone in the end zone for the conversion score and a 22-0 lead.

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Wildcats top Palatka in come-from-behind win

Michael Boone reels in a touchdown catch.The Wildcats faithful had barely taken their seats and bit into their hotdogs when the Palatka Panthers scored on a 58-yard run the second play of last week’s game.

It could have turned into a very bad evening for the fans who traveled to Palatka the evening of September 28. But this was not the same team that was pummeled by the Tigers in Lake City. These Wildcats struck back and got a come-from-behind, 28-23 victory over the Panthers.

For the Panthers, it couldn’t have been a better start. After beating Bradford County in the opening game of the season, they were winless and desperately wanted to get back on the winning track.

They got the opportunity early as Jatwan Honor took the second snap of the game, broke into the clear and rambled 58 yards to pay dirt. The point-after gave the hosts a 7-0 lead.

It was a shock to the system of the Wildcats. But because it happened so early in the game, the visitors had time to regroup. Instead of being rocked back on their heels, they dug in their heels and marched 80 yards on the next possession.

Mike Boone, who had a great game running and receiving, gained five yards on the opening play. Corey Lawler continued where he left off the previous week and dashed for 10 yards, moving the Cats into Palatka territory with a strike over the middle to Blayne Merchant.

A pair of Lawler runs took the ball to the 20 and three plays later Falon Lee touched the ball for the first time, running it in from five yards out. Lawler converted and BCHS took an 8-7 point lead.

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Wildcats clinch first distirct win over Clay

Corey Lawler leaps across the line for yardage.The Baker High varsity football Wildcats notched a big victory on the road Friday, beating Clay County 34-19 in the opening game of district play. The victory avenges a one-point loss at home to the Blue Devils last season that helped keep BCHS from post-season play.

A large contingent of the Wildcat faithful made the trip to Green Cove Springs to see the Cats score first on a 31-yard run by quarterback Corey Lawler. He had a breakout game for the Wildcats, running the ball for 184 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. He threw for a third touchdown.

Lawler’s metamorphosis into a running quarterback doesn’t come as a surprise for fans of Wildcat football. He has been successful running the ball from the quarterback spot at spells this season and last, but was not as dominating as on Friday night.

Clay had a hard time stopping Lawler, and that opened up other aspects of the offense. Falon Lee rushed twelve times for 112 yards as BCHS piled up over 300 yards on the ground.

Clay tied the game up on its next possession as freshman quarterback Jake Smith hit Wes Weeks on a 69-yard pass play. The Smith/Weeks connection troubled BCHS all game long. Neither team had much success with extra points and the contest was knotted at 6-6.

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Ladycats break losing streak

Kayla Holland looks on as Reagan McKendree volleys the serve.The Lady Wildcat volleyball team rebounded from a three-match losing streak to get two important wins this past week. The girls collected victories over Oakleaf and Suwannee to improve their record to 2-3.

Brooke Roberts led the Cats to a 3-0 victory over the Oakleaf Knights on September 11 in Jacksonville. Roberts had 7 kills on 10 attacks for a .700 hitting percentage. She also led Heather Sulkowski’s Cats with 8 digs and 3 service aces.

Candace Clack pitched in with 4 blocks. Malory Osteen had 6 kills and Callie Wheeler 4 service aces. The girls jumped out to a 25-17 win and won their remaining games in style 25-16, 25-22.

The Cats got a big win over Suwannee on September 12 at home, sweeping all three games. Video from the contest, including reactions from Coach Sulkowski, can be seen here.

Wheeler and Clack led the offense with 8 kills each and Kayla Holland had 6 kills. Holland also was the top server with 5 aces.

Taylor Hancock had 22 assists and Holland, Roberts and Reagan McKendree added 9 digs apiece on defense.

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