ROSENDALE, Mo. — North Andrew’s offense exploded as they scored 52 first-half points in rout to a 74-13 win over Bishop LeBlond Friday night.

North Andrew quarterback Jaden Baker led the way for the Cardinals as he threw for three touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown, all in the first half.

Baker was quick to dismiss his own success and gave all the credit to his teammates for making it possible for him to score.

“It feels amazing,” Baker said. “I can’t thank my teammates enough, they did awesome. I love them so much.”

Baker may have taken the modest route, but that didn’t stop North Andrew head coach Dwayne Williams from speaking about his signal caller. Williams had nothing but praise when talking about his senior quarterback’s performance.

“He is such a terrific young man,” Williams said. “He’s a great leader and besides that also a great football player. He’s exactly what North Andrew is all about. He’s a young man who plays hard, practices hard, prepares hard and does all the little things you expect from a senior. For him to have a night like tonight is a pretty great deal.”

The drive of the game for North Andrew came late in the second quarter. With 1:30 left North Andrew went on a 93-yard drive with chunk play after chunk play, mostly on the ground. With 10 seconds left in the half, North Andrew decided to air it out as Baker threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to running back Carson Thomas to cap off the 52-point half for the Cardinals.

“The preparation by our kids this week was key,” Williams said. “They all bought in. Last week we turned the ball over four times which prevented us from getting in a groove. Tonight we focused on those things and where able to get into a groove and put up some points.”

North Andrew moves to 2-0 on the young season and will take on a tough Pattonsburg team next week.

LeBlond is still searching for their first win as an eight-man program as they fall to 0-2 on the season. Their next chance will be at home against Veritas Christian next week.

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