Sunday, October 15, 2017

Number 2 Baker Charges Past MNU, 48-14

Tyler Price, Assistant Director of Athletics | Communications  Baker University

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – After a slow start and a 30-minute lightning delay, the number two ranked Baker University football team regrouped and defeated rival Mid-America Nazerine, 48-14, to move to a perfect 7-0 on the season and opens up Heart Southern Division play with a 1-0 record.

This is Baker’s fourth win over Mid-America Nazarene in the last five seasons and marks its 24th-straight win over a Heart of America Athletic Conference opponent.

The Pioneers scored first on a Trey Cooper pass to Marquis McQuire from 28-yards out to put Mid-America Nazerine up, 7-0.

Clarence Clark put Baker on the board for the first time with 13:17 to go in the 2nd quarter on a 21-yard FG.

Then a thunderous lightning bolt hit near Liston Stadium and sent the crowd fleeing out of the Stadium, causing a 30-minute lightning delay.

Baker came out recharged after the delay and scored 32-unanswered points, with another Clarence Clark field goal from 46-yards out.

Then safety Grant Elston picked off a Cooper pass and raced to the end zone for a pick-six from 50-yards out to put BU up, 12-7, Clark then ran in the PAT for two points, to make the score 14-7.

Logan Brettell scored his first TD of the game on a 10-yard run right after halftime, then he connected with Clark on a 20-yard TD pass to give BU the 28-7 lead.

Baker wasn’t done yet, JD Woods ran in a 1-yard touchdown run before Mid-America Nazerine finally scored again on a 4-yard pass from Cooper to Kobe Hardin.

The longest offensive play of the day came with 12:22 to go in the fourth quarter, when Tywonn Moss scored on a 42-yard pass from Brettell and Brandon Mueller ended the scoring for Baker with 5:39 to go in the game on a nifty 5-yard TD scamper.

The Wildcat offense finished with 450 total yards. Brettell went 23-of-36 for 341 yards passing and two scores and he led the team in rushing with 61 yards on 10 carries.

Trey Cooper struggled for Mid-America Nazerine throwing three interceptions and went 18-of-41 for 123 yards.

Elston had two picks for Baker and six tackles, while Landon Decker also had an interception and recovered a fumble.

Kegan Schumann led all players with nine tackles and Josh Kock had another sack, giving him 28 on his impressive career.

Baker held Mid-America Nazerine to just 263 total yards and allowed just 3.1 yards per play, while the BU offense averaged 6.0 yards per play.

Six different ‘Cats had a reception, as Moss had a monster game with seven catches for 142 yards and Clark finished with seven receptions for 95 yards.

The Wildcats next travel to Kansas City, Missouri to face Avila on Saturday, October 21 at 1 p.m.

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