Baldwin — One week after turning the ball over five times against Gardner-Edgerton, Baldwin High got to see life from the other side Friday against Osawatomie.
The Bulldogs turned four Trojan fumbles into 25 points in a 52-34 Frontier League football victory at Liston Stadium.
"We kind of learned last week at Gardner that you can't fumble the ball and expect to win," BHS coach Mike Berg said, "and the same thing happened to them. Our penalties were down, our turnovers were down and there's the outcome. We haven't had a game where our penalties and turnovers were both down until this one."
Early on, this week's game looked like last week's as Osawatomie recovered its opening kickoff at the Baldwin 29-yard line after the ball bounced around in the middle of the Bulldogs' return team.
"Not very many teams want to kick to our deep guys," Berg said. "They're pretty good at handling the ball and have some pretty good speed, so we knew they were going to kick short. They got a good bounce, the ball kind of died and we just didn't get on it."
The Trojans couldn't be stopped on the ensuing drive. marching 29 yards in seven plays. Derek Berry carried the ball five times for 23 yards, including a five-yard touchdown run.
Osawatomie tried to duplicate the results of its last kickoff by attempting an onside kick after Berry's run, but Baldwin's Tom Wilson picked up the ball and returned it 50 yards untouched to tie the game.
"They went right back to it," Berg said, "and you can't blame them, but Tom Wilson came up with a big play for us."
Adam Turk came up with another big play for Baldwin just 11 seconds later, recovering Marc Dunn's fumble on the kickoff and returning it 25 yards for a 15-8 lead.
Osawatomie pulled within one on Clint Freeman's 12-yard option keeper that capped a five and a half minute drive on the team's next possession.
Micah Mason, Baldwin's star running back, took over in the second quarter, running for 91 yards and two touchdowns in the period, including a 42-yard scoring juant.
The sophomore halfback finished with 158 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries, and two catches for 43 yards and a score.
Mason's receiving touchdown put the Bulldogs up 40-14 midway through the third quarter, one play after a fumble by Freeman.
Following Mason's catch, Hans Broers kicked off to Dustin Shipley, who promptly fumbled the ball away to Baldwin's Justin Goff at the Osawatomie 20-yard line.
Goff, and the rest of his junior varsity teammates who had been put in the game, scored four plays later to increase the Bulldogs' lead to 32, but the fun wasn't over yet.
Ryan McQuay fumbled the next kickoff, leading to another Goff touchdown run and a 52-14 Baldwin lead.
Osawatomie scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns against Baldwin's JV defense for the final margin.
"You've got to give our kids credit," Berg said, "they were playing against their varsity. They scored a few but our JV kids hung in there and kept fighting and that's all we can ask."
Baldwin 52, Osawatomie 34
Baldwin 15 13 24 0 52
Osawatomie 14 0 0 20 34
Osawatomie Derek Berry 5 run (Garrett Peterson pass from Clint Freeman)
Baldwin Tom Wilson 50 kickoff return (Caleb Mason pass from Tyler Inzer)
Baldwin Adam Turk 25 fumble recovery (Hans Broers kick)
Osawatomie Freeman 2 yard run (run failed)
Baldwin Micah Mason 4 run (kick failed)
Baldwin M. Mason 42 run (Broers kick)
Baldwin M. Mason 2 run (kick failed)
Baldwin M. Mason 21 pass from Inzer (kick failed)
Baldwin Justin Goff 4 run (run failed)
Baldwin Goff 5 run (pass failed)
Osawatomie Dustin Shipley 7 run (pass failed)
Osawatomie Shipley 20 run (run failed)
Osawatomie Steve Russell 17 pass from Freeman (Shipley run)