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Class B roundup: Late touchdown, conversion lift Baker to road win over No. 6 Joliet

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Posted at 10:47 PM, Sep 08, 2023

JOLIET — Baker trailed by two possessions in the second half Friday night but rallied to hand No. 6 Joliet its first loss of the Class B football season.

Joliet’s Tucker Lind broke off a 48-yard run for a touchdown with 4:45 left in the first quarter to put the J-Hawks ahead 7-0. Later in the second, Kaden Juhnke added a 12-yard TD scamper to help Joliet build a 15-0 advantage.

Baker got on the board with 28 seconds before halftime on Jesse Brawley’s 1-yard touchdown run, making the score 15-6. Brawley wasn’t done making an impact. His interception return for a touchdown pulled the Spartans within one, 15-14, with 4:11 left in the third quarter.

Early in the fourth, Jake Cook had a 47-yard touchdown run to pad Joliet’s lead at 21-14. The J-Hawks had the ball with 3:00 left but were forced to punt. Baker, without a timeout, scored on a Brawley-to-Jaren Lingle TD pass with 12 seconds left. Brawley then ran in a two-point conversion to put Baker on top.

Baker then squibbed the ensuing kickoff and recovered, and was able to run out the clock for a comeback victory on the road.

Elsewhere in Class B ...

No. 1 Florence 44, Huntley Project 27

No. 2 Eureka 54, Cut Bank 0

No. 3 Missoula Loyola 52, No. 8 Big Timber 0

No. 4 Red Lodge 56, Colstrip 0

No. 5 Columbus 41, Glasgow 0

No. 7 Manhattan 35, Thompson Falls 12

No. 9 Jefferson 48, Malta 14

Three Forks 45, No. 10 Whitehall 0 (Thursday)

Fairfield 26, Wolf Point 14

Shepherd 54, Roundup 0