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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Just give Baker the darn ball

A few years ago, NFL wideout Keyshawn Johnson wrote a book entitled "Just Give Me The Damn Ball," in an effort to make sure more passes were thrown his way.
Fortunately, Oak Park senior running back Edwin Baker isn't as much of a narcissist as Johnson, so he wouldn't dare write a book or make such demands because of his humility.
However, Kosmo will be happy to speak on his behalf.
In short, just give Baker the darn ball.
Against Lake Orion in Week 3 and Troy in Week 4, Baker barely got any carries, and the Knights got blown out each time.
Sure, the lopsided losses could be attributed a poor defensive effort, but when you've got the best running back in the state, it doesn't help matters when you don't use him.
Finally, in last week's win over Royal Oak, Oak Park gave Baker the ball. The result was 452 rushing yards on 26 carries, which was the fourth-highest total in state history. Yes, it came against winless Royal Oak, but the message should be simple to Oak Park coaches.
Just give the Michigan State-bound Baker the darn ball.


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