Baldwyn fast start too much for Urchins

East Union quarterback D.J. Armstrong takes the snap and pivots to make the handoff during the second half of the Urchin loss at Baldwyn. East Union was defeated by the Bearcats 48-7. Photo by Dennis Clayton

East Union quarterback D.J. Armstrong take the snap and pivots to make the handoff during the second half of the Urchin loss at Baldwyn. East Union was defeated by the Bearcats 48-7. Photo by Dennis Clayton

Baldwyn dented the scoreboard early and often on Friday as they defeated East Union 48-7 on Senior Recognition Night in Baldwyn. The Bearcats took the opening kickoff and marched 64 yards in five plays. Laquintez Upshaw ran in from the two with 10:24 left and the PAT put Baldwyn up 7-0.
East Union ran into turnover issues early as they fumbled on the third play from scrimmage and Baldwyn recovered at the East Union 30. However, the Urchin defense was able to hold Baldwyn out of the end zone and the field goal attempt went awry as the ball was snapped over the holder and kicker’s heads.
East Union Could not move the ball and punted back to the Bearcats and they added their second touchdown with 5:23 left in the first quarter. The PAT was good and the lead was 14-0. Baldwyn added another score with 1:47 remaining in the quarter to extend the lead to 21-0.
A short punt put the Bearcats in business at the Urchin 26 and two plays later, they hit paydirt again to push the lead to 28-0 at 11:08 left in the half. East Union got the offense going right before half as they drove from their 45 to the Baldwyn 9 with a minute left to play. The third down pass attempt was intercepted at the Bearcat one by Ozzie Price to end the threat and the teams went to half at 28-0.
Baldwyn was driving to another apparent score when Ty Ballard made a leaping stab at the line and intercepted the pass and returned it to the East Union 15. a fumble on third down gave the ball back to Baldwyn and they took one play to score and the score was 34-0 at 5:15 in the third quarter.
The Urchin offense continued to have little success against the stiff Baldwyn defense in the second half. Baldwyn drove 71 yards in five plays aided by Corbin Scott’s passes of 46 yards and 12 yards, the latter going for yet another score to push the lead to 41-0.
East Union got the offense untracked following the touchdown as Blake Spruill broke a run of 56 yards to the Bearcat 34. Two Chase Hall carries netted 28 yards to the Bearcat six. Spruill took the ball around the right side of the line to dent the score board with :58 remaining. Spruill’s PAT made the score 41-7.
Martel Brown made the highlight video with his 95 yard return of East Union’s kickoff following the touchdown and the PAT provided the final margin of 48-7.
Coach Scott Duley commented following the game “They (Baldwyn) are in a class by themselves in our division. They are not very complicated, but they don’t have to be. Across the boards, offensive line, defensive line, skill positions, they obviously have some incredibly talented young men.”
Duley went on to say “I thought our kids actually played better tonight than they did against Walnut. They played hard all night. I told them after the game that I couldn’t be prouder of them. the next two weeks I think we have a legitimate chance to compete with those teams and if we finish the season 8-2, which is my goal, I’ll be as happy as I can be.”
Next week East Union will host Mantachie on Friday night. Mantachie defeated Hatley 37-7 this week. East Union is now 6-2 on the season and 1-2 in Class 2A Region 1. Blake Spruill scores from the six for East Union.Spruill rushed for over 100 yards for the Urchins. Baldwyn won the game 48-7. Photo by Dennis Clayton Blake Spruill scores from the six for East Union.Spruill rushed for over 100 yards for the Urchins. Baldwyn won the game 48-7. Photo by Dennis Clayton

About Dennis Clayton

I cover high school sports in Union County and occasionally contribute sports articles to sister community newspapers of Journal Inc. Follow me on Twitter: @denclayton for scores and updates on our local high school teams.