Bauman Finds Comfort in New Home at William Jewell

Published 07/13 2014 09:43PM

Updated 07/13 2014 11:34PM

(LIBERTY, Mo.) In 8-Man football, one game breaker can change a season. One of the biggest over the last couple years has been North Andrew running back Quayde Bauman, who was one senior to play his final game in a high school helmet at Saturday's Missouri All Star Game at William Jewell College.

It's a familiar venue for the All-State rusher and linebacker, who signed with William Jewell in February.

"I felt comfortable on this field," he said. "I've been out here. I loved it. I couldn't ask for a better place to do it."

Bauman's run with North Andrew ended in style. Over his junior and senior seasons, the Cardinals posted a 23-1 record, made back-to-back Show-Me Bowl Appearances, and won their first state championship in nearly 20 years.  

"It's been amazing. I couldn't ask for a better ending to high school. You're a little kid growing up, you always want to do that stuff when you get to your junior and senior year. It's been a blessing to have that come true."

This last performance, his third All-Star selection, came alongside teammates Nate Atkins, Austin Dalbey, Seth Dittemore, and Skyler Spoonemore, all coached by second-year North Andrew head man Jonathan Schoonover.

"He's been the leader of the whole deal," Schoonover said. "From the offseason program to in-season, he's one of a kind. "That's kind of neat he could play here. I told him he's got an advantage on the freshman being the first one to play on this field."

Bauman is the second Cardinal in three years to sign with William Jewell, following wide receiver Cody Edwards. He played a big role in pitching his once and future teammate to his coaches and drawing him to Liberty.

"I learned about the program and I pursued them," Bauman said. "I like how everything went and where the program's going. It feels like home already."

But after claiming the spot of arguably the best back in 8-Man Football, he'll shift to a full-time defensive duties at the next level. Bauman says it'll be strange not running the rock, but he'll manage as long as he gets his contact.

"I'll miss it for sure but I think I'll like being on one side of the ball. Defense is really where I like to play so I think I'll be comfortable there."   

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