LONE TREE — Making a huge statement, the Baxter football team continued to roll offensively and took a big step forward defensively during a 62-36 win over Class 8-man No. 5 Lone Tree on Friday night.
Senior Braydon Aker threw for 354 yards and four touchdowns and senior Travis Lindemoen hauled in nine passes for 208 yards and three scores as the Bolts led 46-6 at halftime against a team which came in allowing a little more than 12 points per game.
The Bolts, who have won three straight games, scored at least 62 points for the third time this season.
“We are hitting a lot of rhythm offensively,” Baxter coach Rob Luther said. “We have a lot of different weapons. We’re learning the game and taking what the defense gives us.”
Aker added 66 rushing yards and two scores in the win. Aker’s other TD pass went to senior Devin Carson, who also rushed for 104 yards on nine carries. He scored twice on the ground, too.
Carson hauled in three passes for 64 yards, and sophomore Cole Damman tallied four catches for 71 yards.
Junior all-state linemen Will Clapper returned from a knee injury and senior linemen Bryce Bacon played in his first game since suffering broken collarbone in the preseason. That allowed the Bolts to be more balanced offensively.
“It was nice to get Clapper and Bacon back at guard, and Jusson Roush played an incredible game at center, too,” Luther said. “It was a good statement win for us.”
The Bolts (4-1) forced three Lone Tree turnovers and only punted once on offense. Baxter’s defense held Lone Tree to six points at halftime.
The Bolts defense was led by Roush, who finished with 7 1/2 tackles and a sack. Damman added seven tackles and Lindemoen, Mitchell and senior Brady Geilenfeldt all had five tackles.
Aker chipped in 4 1/2 tackles and a sack and Bacon collected four tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery.
Lone Tree (5-1) came into the game averaging 47 points per game.
The Lions returned the opening kickoff of the second half back for a TD and it scored its final touchdown on Baxter’s second unit. They rushed for 228 yards but it took 46 carries.
“We took a step forward defensively,” Luther said. “That’s a good offensive team that we held to six points at halftime. We were hitting on all cylinders on both sides of the ball.”