BAXER SPRINGS — The Baxter Springs Lion football team started last Friday’s game without their starting senior quarterback, Colton Krokroskia but in the first quarter of play against the Galena Bulldogs the defense took charge. Senior defensive back Zak Himes intercepted the first pass thrown by Galena quarterback Levi Sturgis and returned it 30 yards for the game's first score and a 6-0 lead for the Lions. Unfortunately that was the only score for Baxter until the fourth quarter when Colton Krokroskia who entered the game in the first half scored on a 5 yard run, the two point conversion was good but that was not enough as Galena prevailed 54-14.
The Bulldogs took over the game in the first quarter after Himes returned the interception and never looked back. Although the Bulldogs fumbled the ball three times losing possession of two of those and throwing two interceptions they were able to keep command of the game.
Galena rushed for 348 yards and cashed in on three of Baxter’s turnovers for scores. Galena’s rushing honors were taken by Martyn Soriano who had 101 yards on seven carries.
In the second quarter Galena scored four times ending the first half 41-6 and continuing where they left off in the first half scoring two more times. Baxter had fumble recoveries one each from Austin Minor and Harley Davis but they were unable to put up points in return.
As for Baxter on offense starting quarterback Cody Rowe was 1 for 1 for 21 yards in passing. Krokroskia was 6 for 18 for 54 yards and one interception. Himes was the Lions leading rusher and he had 19 carries for 46 yards. Overall rushing for the Lions they had 28 yards on 23 carries. The leading receiver for the Lions Rusty Bunce had 5 catches for 57 yards. On defense Zak Himes lead all tacklers with 9 and one interception which was returned 30 yards for a touchdown.
Head coach Don Bigby said his overall participants for football were down considerably and that he had very few upper classmen not to mention some of the starters were playing football for the first time. Bigby went on to say that his players all work hard and are willing to listen and learn and that is what is essential to build the program stronger. With the next few years being a rebuilding process Bigby seemed to be optimistic that they could still have a successful year in two ways; by winning ballgames and most of all by working with student athletes in a way that they might be successful on and off the field.
Baxter faces Erie at home Friday night.