Baker focusing on winning season

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 30, 1999

Tim Baker’s senior season is flying by. But the Adams County Christian School lineman’s dream of leaving with a winning record is still alive.

The Rebels are 2-2 going into Friday’s contest at Parklane.

Baker’s best season at AC was last year when the Rebels went 4-6.

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&uot;A winning record is my main goal this year,&uot;&160;Baker said. &uot;I think this is the best chance we’ve had. It’s just going to take a great effort each time out.&uot;

Baker has played every position on the offensive line this season. But part of being a senior leader is going where you are need the most.

&uot;It’s just a matter of where I can help the team,&uot; said the 6-foot, 255-pounder. &uot;I&160;like playing the line because I am involved in every play.&uot;

Baker said a lot has changed since he began playing football in the eighth grade.

&uot;I think I’ve gotten bigger and faster and stronger mentally,&uot;&160;Baker said

Baker said good technique is not all that is required of being a good offensive lineman.

&uot;You have to be mean and refuse to lose,&uot; he said.

And a lot of it is mental.

&uot;It’s just a matter of putting all of your strength against somebody,&uot; he said.

Baker’s size has always meant taking a position in the line.

&uot;I’ve learned to love it,&uot; he said.

Baker, who scored 24 on his ACT, would like continue playing football in college. He plans on majoring in history. And anything concerning the Civil War or World War II will be right down his alley.

&uot;I love studying about those two wars,&uot; he said. &uot;I told Coach (Bo Swilley) that a game we had the other day was just like the Battle of Midway. Football is a lot like war. You have to be prepared going into both. And then it’s a battle to see who is the best.&uot;

Baker said he will miss ACCS.

&uot;I’m going to miss everything about it,&uot; he said. &uot;I love it. It’s just been real nice.&uot;

Baker said football has helped him in a number of ways.

&uot;It’s really showed me how to handle anything thrown at me,&uot; he said. &uot;I have more of a don’t give up attitude.&uot;