The football team made a statement against Baylor right out of the gate October 13, and that carried over throughout the game en route to a 40-14 Region victory over the rival Red Raiders.
It was the Blue Tornado’s second straight win in the series and first win at Baylor since 2007.
Pinning Baylor deep in its own territory on the opening kickoff, the McCallie defense forced a punt. Senior Zack McAteer blocked the punt, and junior Dane Beard caught the ball on the bounce in the end zone for a quick touchdown and a 7-0 lead.
Baylor answered with an 85-yard scoring drive, cashing in on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Lorenzo White to Jaylon Baker to tie the score at 7-7 before the end of the first quarter.
From there, the McCallie running game took over, and the defense limited Baylor to just one more score. Freshman B.J. Harris tacked on two second-quarter touchdowns, nine- and one-yard runs, and the Blue Tornado enjoyed a 20-7 halftime advantage.
McCallie extended the lead to 27-7 on a DeAngelo Hardy 17-yard touchdown scamper midway through the third quarter. Baylor trimmed the deficit to 27-14 on a second White touchdown toss at 5:03 of the third quarter to give the Red Raiders life. But Harris put the game out of reach with a three-yard third-quarter touchdown run and a 15-yarder early in the fourth quarter.
The Blue Tornado racked up 362 rushing yards led by Hardy’s 227 on 24 carries. Harris chipped in with 125 yards on 26 rushes. Hardy was 6-for-12 passing for 58 yards.
The defense held Baylor to 12 first downs and 210 yards, 133 of which came through the air.
McCallie improves to 6-3 overall and 3-2 in the Region. The Blue Tornado will enjoy an open date before the regular season finale October 27 at home against Father Ryan.