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Baker returns to title form

After a disappointment last year, the Bulldogs top North Bend, 52-22
Dec. 1, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

HILLSBORO - Baker High got a stellar defensive performance Saturday and beat North Bend 52-22 in the Class 4A football state championship game at Hillsboro Stadium.

The Bulldogs intercepted five passes, and returned one for a touchdown on the way to winning the 4A title for the second time in three seasons.

Quarterback Braden Phillips threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more to spark Baker, which finished at 11-1 a year after a quarterfinal loss stopped the school's run of consecutive title game appearances at two. With Saturday's win, the Bulldogs are 12-2 in playoff games the past four seasons.

North Bend got a pair of scoring plays from Cameron Lucero, but lost in its first trip to a championship game.

Baker led just 27-15 after Lucero returned a punt 60 yards for a score with 1:06 left in the third quarter, but responded with a 66-yard touchdown drive capped by a 20-yard touchdown pass from Phillips to Dane Bachman with 9:51 left in the game.

Baker then intercepted passes on the following three drives to salt the game away.


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