History recorded another milestone and marvelous passing performance by Central High's Michael Baker on Thursday night in a 46-23 Tri-River Athletic Conference drubbing of Buchanan at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
But not to be forgotten are Donald Speed, Jae Silva, Mallik Williams and Hatari Byrd.
They are the Grizzlies' defenders who stuffed four consecutive runs for no gain after the Bears established first-and-goal on the Central 2 late in the first half.
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Baker then marched the seventh-ranked Grizzlies 98 yards in 10 plays, the final one a nice touch 2-yard touchdown pass to fullback Nicholas Morales, for a 26-9 lead and removal of what little drama ever existed.
But drama will be restored next Thursday, when Central (5-1, 1-0) plays No. 1 Clovis (5-0) at Lamonica Stadium. The Cougars, a 32-25 winner last year at Central, will open TRAC play tonight against Clovis East (1-4).
Baker, who will go to Eastern Michigan on a recruiting visit two days after the Clovis game, completed 13 of 18 passes for 215 yards and five touchdowns.
Accurate on all three levels of attempts – short, medium and long – the three-year starter increased his career totals to 6,104 yards and 65 touchdowns, against only 15 interceptions. He's also completed 70% of his passes.
But for all the glossy numbers, including a 20-9 record as a starter and an 8-3 mark in the TRAC, a ring is missing.
"I need this league title," Baker said. "I feel really confident. This game was a booster. We needed it going into Clovis High. And we'll have a good game against them."