Although the Bishop Verot Vikings made a push toward competitiveness in the first quarter Friday night at Vikings Stadium, the Ida Baker Bulldogs gained some unstoppable momentum in the second quarter.
The end result, a 61-0 Ida Baker preseason football game victory with a running clock in the fourth quarter, had the Vikings assessing the silver linings of such a loss and the Bulldogs realizing the win means little as they begin the regular season Friday at rival Island Coast.
Bishop Verot opens the regular season Friday at Fort Myers.
“At the start of the game, our kids competed pretty well,” Bishop Verot coach Phil Dorn said.
Bishop Verot junior quarterback Quinn Farrell passed for 120 yards in the first half, but Ida Baker took control with a 70-yard punt return by senior Wyatt Griffith for a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
“We saw a lot of good things,” Baker coach Brian Conn said.
The good things continued in the second quarter, in which Baker scored 28 points. Senior running back Johnny Garrow, who finished with 124 rushing yards on eight carries, scored two touchdowns on runs of 1 and 48 yards. He made a 1-yard plunge into the end zone following a 52-yard run.
“I could have had a better game,” said Garrow, who lost a fumble just inches from the end zone on another drive. “But it’s a good feeling to win. I’ll have more opportunities to get into the end zone this season. I’m looking forward to it.”
Baker junior quarterback Sage Attwood controlled the offense, which scored three more touchdowns in the third quarter, with senior defensive lineman Gage Juhnke scoring on a 10-yard fumble return.
“I thought he did a great job,” Conn said of Attwood, who threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to senior Roy Denson in the second quarter. “I thought Sage showed his poise and made some great reads.”
Attwood’s counterpart, Farrell, also made some good reads, Dorn said.
“We weren’t able to protect him as well as I had hoped, but he’s making his decision process, and that’s going to help us,” Dorn said.
Farrell said he had few complaints about his offensive linemen and was pleased with the solid first quarter.
“The way we play early is the way I know we can play,” Farrell said.
Verot senior defensive back Jack Kavanagh made three first-half splash plays, breaking up two passes and recovering a fumble after returning to the football team for the first time since his freshman year.
“I had a lot of anxiety, getting back on the field,” said Kavanagh, the son of FGCU athletic director Ken Kavanagh and the twin brother of Bishop Verot senior lineman Quinn Kavanagh. “I had some pregame jitters, but once the game got going, it felt real good.”
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Baker: Wyatt Briffith 70 punt return (Filander Barahona kick)
Baker: Alex Febles 1 run (Barahona kick)
Baker: Johnny Garrow 1 run (Barahona kick)
Baker: Roy Denson 45 pass from Sage Attwood (Barahona kick)
Baker: Garrow 48 run (Barahona kick)
Baker: Gage Juhnke 10 fumble return (Barahona kick)
Baker: Tyler Iverson 5 run (kick failed)
Baker: Febles 6 run (kick failed)
Baker: Izaiah Febles 15 run (Barahona kick)