Ross Baker will miss playing football for St. Mary’s.

Ross Baker will miss playing football for St. Mary’s.
“We’ve got a lot of tradition here, and everyone gives it their all,” the senior said Thursday night after his final high school game. “Everyone tries to do their job. Can’t ask for any more than that.”
However, Baker probably won’t have fond memories of how his high school career ended.
Two-time defending Class 1 state champion Orrick pummeled visiting St. Mary’s 50-0 in Class 1 District 13 action Thursday night. St. Mary’s mustered only 84 yards of total offense, committed two turnovers and had two punts blocked.
In addition, the Trojans (5-5, 1-2 district) repeatedly gave up big plays on defense, which St. Mary’s coach John Gresham attributed to minute miscues. The Bearcats scored four of their seven touchdowns on plays of 30 yards or more. By halftime, they had amassed 302 yards rushing on only 20 carries.
For Orrick, the regular-season finale gave coach Pat Richard a good feeling entering the postseason.
“Last game, the Braymer game, is really the first time all year that we’ve played to our ability – I mean, truly played the game like we had in the past,” Richard said. “This week, we continued to build on that and got better.”
Orrick (10-0, 3-0) secured its 39th straight victory and the district title by halftime. The Bearcats, whose last loss occurred to South Shelby during the 2006 state playoffs, scored on six of their seven first-half possessions, starting with their opening one, capped by Kalija Rogers’ 55-yard touchdown run. Aaron Blyth then ripped off a 70-yard TD run, followed by Logan Eubank’s two-point conversion run, with 1:48 left in the quarter.
Rogers scored on runs of 32, 19 and 39 yards to help the Bearcats build a 38-0 lead by the middle of the second quarter. Eubank’s 9-yard TD run with 17 seconds left gave the Bearcats a 44-0 halftime lead and ensured a running clock during the second half.
The Bearcats have outscored their opponents 141-0 the last three games and 187-6 the last four.
Despite the loss, St. Mary’s still finished .500 or better for the second straight year. The Trojans were 6-4 in 2008.
Baker is one of eight players the Trojans will lose to graduation.