Baldwin Those who attended Baldwin's football practice on Wednesday might have heard Bulldog coach Bernie Bierman yelling, ``Aw, Heck!''
That's wide receiver Brian Heck.
"I was dropping passes in practice on Wednesday, and coach decided to do something about it," Heck said. "So he made me carry a football to class on Thursday and Friday. He wanted me to get used to having the ball in my hands."
Bierman's idea paid off on Friday night in Baldwin's 22-8 victory over Paola.
Heck, a 6-0 senior, made a fingertip touchdown catch on a 70-yard pass from quarterback Brian Sheldon to give the Bulldogs a 6-0 lead at 5:39 in the third quarter.
"I MISJUDGED it a little bit, and then I found it and I just went for it," Heck said. "I wanted to catch that one. And after I caught it I just took off."
Thanks to Bierman, Heck was accustomed to keeping a close eye on a football.
"I've been carrying the football to class the last two days and I was supposed to sleep with it but I must admit I didn't," Heck said. "But I carried it around to class everywhere and guys gave me a tough time, always trying to get the ball from me, and everything. But I didn't let anyone have it."
Perhaps the person most impressed by Heck's grab on Friday night was Bierman himself.
"Was that a fantastic catch or what?" Bierman said. "One of the officials on the field said it was one of the best catches he'd seen in his eight years of officiating."
After Heck's catch, Sheldon hit running back Bill Kivett for the two-point conversion, extending the 'Dogs lead to 8-0.
PAOLA CREPT within two in the fourth quarter on a 12-yard pass from Panther quarterback Jason Wylie to Marlon Wilson. The eight-play drive, which spanned 61 yards, was fueled by a series of long runs.
"After the touchdown, we kind of relaxed on defense," Kivett said. "I guess we thought we had the game won. But obviously we didn't."
Kivett helped put the game away on the play following Paola's lone TD.
Kivett took the ensuing kickoff and sprinted 80 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown. Sheldon ran for the PAT to give Baldwin a 16-8 lead.
Two plays later, Bryce McCreary recovered a Panther fumble, and two plays after that Kivett completed the scoring for Baldwin with a 21-yard TD run.
"We really controlled the ball in the first half, and really the whole game," Heck said. "It's a great win for us."
Baldwin, now 3-1, will host Louisburg next Friday. Paola dropped to 2-2.
B Brian Heck 70 pass from Brian Sheldon.
P Marlon Wilson 12 pass from Jason Wylie.
B Bill Kivett 80 kick return (Sheldon run).
B Kivett 21 run (run fail).