Baxter, Bronco Defense Win Against All Odds

While we love bringing you a good portion of high school news and updates, we also want to feature some of the state's top athletes, while getting a quick look at what's the latest on the college recruiting front. Today, we feature Dayton defender Jordan Baxter. Check out what he had to say.

Going into the locker room at halftime down 16-7, the Dayton football team did not doubt the fact that they had what it took to pull out a win in the regional playoff round against El Campo. 

And so, with a stellar defensive showing, the Broncos came away from Spring ISD George Stadium with a 17-16 win. 

Of course there were several key players in the win, but while we throw a few names out there, one must recognize the game play of linebacker Jordan Baxter. Against a run heavy El Campo squad, Baxter and the Bronco defense held the Ricebirds to 43 second-half yards.

"We started out rough, but we're used to that and we are really a second-half team. But we are all about fighting the odds," Baxter said. "We have done that for years now. This is what we do. We know that when we get the offense the ball, they will come through, like Juan (Carranco) did on that field goal."

The 5-foot-10, 200-pound Baxter was speaking on the 10 unanswered points they had to score to pull off the win. A 29-yard field goal from Carranco sealed the win for Dayton. And though the offense came through as Baxter said they would, it was the defense that set the tone.

But let Baxter tell it, that is just how they do things. Especially the front linemen. 

"Our defense has been stellar for us all year. In the second half zero points is how we do it," Baxter said. "You can't touch our front as that has been the strength of the team all year. They pulled through. We go on stunts and send guys at them. I felt good in this game as well."

Through one half of play, the Ricebirds seemed to be in a good position. So much that more than 200 yards of offense was accumulated in two quarters. 

But after a few adjustments, Baxter, and other Bronco defenders as well, were able to get in the backfield and cause some havoc.

"I had a rough first half, but I talked with the coaches and they sent me on a lot more stunts and got to the quarterback," Baxter said. "I knew I needed to come through for my team. It's my senior year and wanted to come up big. And I think we did."

In the end, Baxter had about eight tackles and a couple of sacks on the night. The Broncos move on to face Brenham in the regional final this upcoming Saturday. 

So with the win, what is the mentality of the Dayton team?

"We feel like we can do anything that we set our minds to. And the way we are playing defense right now, we feel there are no limits," Baxter said. "We could win a state championship if we needed to. If we focus on one game at a time, we should be fine."

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