Oct 19, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Staff WriterSterling Baker has had some outstanding games running the ball for the Dubois Rams but perhaps none better than the eight-touchdown performance he tallied Saturday afternoon against Little Snake River.
In a game to determine the second seed from the West 6-man conference Dubois left little doubt in a 56-8 Blowout of the home-standing Rattlers in Baggs.
Baker's first four carries of the game ended in Dubois touchdowns. He opened scoring on a 2-yard run after Walker Carrico and Austin Tharp tackled the Snake River punter at the 5-yard line.
Baker's second score came after the Rattlers turned the ball over on downs at their 25-yard line. After a fumbled exchange, Baker took the ball 32 yards into the end zone on his second attempt. His third score came with 1:47 remaining in the first on a 37-yard scamper to build a 22-0 lead at first intermission.
Baker tallied three more scores in the second period on runs of 7, 10 and 5 yards.
The Rams led 44-0 at the half, with Rowan Hawk hitting four of six extra-point kicks.
It didn't take long for the mercy rule to take effect in the second, half as Baker took the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter 44 yards to build a 50-0 lead.
Baker added a final score in spectacular fashion to give the Rams a 56-0 advantage over the team they've faced twice in the previous two seasons in the 6-man state-championship game. Kurt Leseberg intercepted a Rattler pass inside the 10 and turned up the field. Just as he was hit he tossed a lateral to Baker who did the rest on a 70-yard return.
Little Snake River tallied a late touchdown with 4:29 left in the game on an 11-yard run by J.P. Heally.
Dubois concludes the regular season Friday at Wyoming Indian, then hosts the third seed out of the East in opening-round playoff action the following week.
Little Snake River 8
DUBOIS --22 22 14 0 --56
LITTLE SNAKE RIVER --0 0 0 6 -- 8
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