Monday, September 26, 2016

Number 4 Baker Football Rolls Past Number 12 Benedictine in NAIA Game of the Week

 press release submitted by Tyler Price

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – The number 4 Baker football team improved to 5-0 on Homecoming Saturday after defeating the mu,ber 12 ranked Benedictine College Ravens 60-7, in the NAIA Game of the Week.

The Ravens fall to 3-2 on the year and the Wildcats improve to 19-14-1 all-time against BC and 9-4 under head coach Mike Grossner.

The Wildcats started the game with a 13-play, 72-yard drive that ended with a one-yard Cornell Brown touchdown to put the Wildcats up 7-0 early in the first quarter.

Brown was a catalyst for the Wildcat offense, gaining 196 total yards and scoring two touchdowns on the day.

The special teams caught a break in the first quarter, as a Benedictine fourth down saw the snap go over the punter’s head and into the end zone for a Baker safety.

The Ravens were able to answer before the quarter was over, picking off a Logan Brettell pass on the Wildcats ensuing possession and scoring on a 19-yard Jacob Koester pass to Tyler Henness to cut the Wildcat lead to 9-7 at the end of the first quarter.

Midway through the second quarter, Brettell threw his first touchdown pass of the game on an eight-yard pass to Clarence Clark to give the Wildcats a 16-7 advantage over the Ravens.

That reception gave Clark the career record for receiving yards as a Baker Wildcat, eclipsing the total of 2,229 set by Gary Greenwood, who was in attendance as a 2016 Baker Athletics Hall of Fame inductee. Clark finished with three receptions for 38 yards and a touchdown.

Clark also added a 24-yard field goal late in the first half to put the Wildcats up 19-7, and a three-and-out forced by the Baker defense allowed Brettell to put on a 6 play drive, for 65 yards, capped by a 13-yard touchdown pass to Quanzee Johnson to bring the halftime score to 26-7.

Brettell’s 393 yard performance in the game was his fourth 300+ yard effort in five games.

Brettell also added a 16-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter, the only score for either team in that quarter.

The Wildcats came with big plays on offense and defense in the fourth, scoring four touchdowns in a little over two minutes, two of them coming defensively.

Avery Parker returned an interception 85 yards to score, giving the Wildcats a 47-7 lead early in the fourth. Then Kegan Schumann picked off a Benedictine pass and returned it 27 yards for a score, putting the score at its final of 60-7.

The Wildcats forced six Benedictine turnovers in the game, a number only surpassed in the 89-27 victory over Culver-Stockton College, when they forced seven. Nick Shondell had his first career interception in the second quarter, after Nick Becker tipped a Koester pass at the line of scrimmage.

The 53-point victory gives the Wildcats a 40.2 average margin of victory through five games before they take on Peru State College, a 4-1 squad that beat number 23 MidAmerica Nazarene University 21-17 on Saturday. The 2015 matchup between Baker and the Bobcats ended with a 35-10 Wildcat win.

NAIA Football Box Score

Benedictine (Kan.)70007
Baker (Kan.)91772760

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