The Baldwin High School football team (4-0 region, 4-0 overall) continued its hot season with a 35-0 shutout win over visiting region foe Spalding High School (1-3 region, 1-7 overall) of Griffin on Friday.
On their Homecoming night, the Braves saw four different players score touchdowns. Quarterback Derrick Lewis finished the contest with two touchdown passes and a scoring run, while talented freshman running back Micah Welch exploded for two touchdowns of his own.
Head coach Jesse Hicks said he was thrilled with his team’s dominant performance.
“I’m really proud of them,” Hicks said after Friday’s win. “It’s so hard for teams to play coverage against us with the guys we have. We’ve got some great players.”
The Braves got off to a quick start on their opening drive with a 40-yard catch from University of Georgia commit Javon Bullard. On the next drive, junior running back Jeramiyah Scott punched in a 32-yard touchdown to put the home team on the board.
The first half saw some sloppy play from both teams. While the Braves took care of business on defense, they could not get much going on the offensive attack.
Baldwin senior linebacker Eugene Brown was a tackling machine, helping the Braves dominate on the defensive side of the ball from kickoff.
Nearing the end of the second quarter, the Braves finally got the offensive spark they needed from senior wide receiver Kesean Parks. Two days away from his 18th birthday, Parks led a huge drive down the field with three big catches for BHS.
To end the drive, sophomore wide receiver Shatavious Hogan caught a bomb from Lewis deep in the endzone to double the home team’s lead.
The Braves ended the first half up 14-0, and they would come back with new energy in the second.
Baldwin got off to a flying start in the third quarter as running backs Scott and Welch split the Spalding defense for multiple big runs.
After another big catch for birthday boy Parks, Lewis snuck into the end zone for a rushing touchdown to extend his team’s lead.
Despite an already daunting lead, the fun had only begun for the Braves and their supporters. Treating the crowd to some incredible plays, Welch joined in on the scoring action with an insane touchdown rush. The freshman talent showcased his phenomenal upside with some shifty moves to avoid a plethora of tackles.
After another routine defensive possession for the red-hot Braves, Hogan continued his productive night with a deep one-handed catch on the last drive of the third period.
The fourth quarter saw even more fireworks as Welch kept up his Friday night explosion. The young talent kicked off the Braves’ first drive with a five-yard rush.
Meanwhile, Parks caught two more passes from Lewis. He would finish the night with an impressive seven receptions.
In the play of the game, Welch scored for the second time on the evening, dodging defenders with several spin moves to punch in another touchdown.
“We need to stay humble to keep winning,” Hicks said. “My guys are humble and they play hard.”
The Braves return to action in two weeks when they face region opponent Perry on the road in a game that could decide the region championship.