The Wildcats (0-3 overall and 0-2 in the HAAC) are coming off a 24-16 loss to MidAmerica Nazarene.
Aaron Terrill and Scott Meyer combined for 105 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the loss to the Pioneers. Freshman quarterback Zach Faust completed 12 of 29 passes for 138 yards and was intercepted once.
With the game scoreless at halftime, MNU erupted for 16 points in the third quarter, capitalizing on Wildcat turnovers. The Pioneers intercepted freshman quarterback Jake Morse at the 45-yard line and returned the pick 44 yards to Baker’s one-yard line. James Tillman punched it in two plays later to record the game’s first score. Four minutes later, Anthony Rodriguez intercepted Zach Faust and returned it 93 yards for a touchdown.
“Anytime you have two interceptions returned for touchdowns, it makes it tough to defeat the No. 6 team in the country,” said Wildcat head coach Mike Grossner. “We knew these were gonna be a tough three weeks. We’ve got to keep working. They’ve got a lot of heart. We can turn this around and still have a good season.”
Baker enters Saturday having never lost to Avila (0-1, 0-1). The Wildcats lead the all-time series 9-0. The Eagles dropped their season opener 42-7 to MidAmerica Nazarene on Sept. 4.