Baker’s 2 Touchdowns Lead Benedictine Past Lake Catholic 29-15

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MENTOR — Jerome Baker is returning to form, and just in time for Benedictine to make another Playoff push.

The Bengals’ two-way star who is committed to play at the University of Florida ran for one touchdown, threw for a two-point conversion and made the play of the game, stripping a Lake Catholic running back, then scooping up the ball and scoring from 14-yards out late in the fourth quarter to lift Benedictine (7-1) to a hard fought 29-15 win over the Cougars.

Junior speedster Dontez Rash scored two touchdowns and rising star Justin Layne intercepted two passes for the Bengals, who have now won five straight games, after an early season loss to Bedford (8-0).

Lake tied the game at 15-15 on a 52-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter, but the final ten minutes belonged to Benedictine.

First junior Warren Saba’s interception gave the Bengals great field position.

Then Rash put them ahead to stay with a short touchdown run with 3:04 remaining, before Baker’s impressive individual effort put the game away.

The teams played most of the night in a heavy rain which slowed down both offenses in the first half and led to several miscues on both ends.

With the win, Benedictine all but assures itself another OHSAA Playoff berth in Division IV, Region 11, which the Bengals won last season, on their way to the State Semifinals.

The Bengals welcome Walsh Jesuit (5-2) to Bedford Bearcat Stadium next Friday.

The winner will clinch a share of the North Coast League Blue Division Championship.

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