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11.14.09 | M Football

Senior Day

11.14.09 | Football

No. 24 Baker takes down Central Methodist on Senior DayRichie Bryant

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - The Baker seniors went out in style Saturday afternoon at Liston Stadium, and the day ended with a Gatorade bath for head coach Mike Grossner, as the Wildcats won 33-7.

The offense and defense can both take credit for the win this week. Senior Richie Bryant rushed for 144 yards on 35 attempts, one of which came when he broke free for a 50-yard score to give Baker a 16-0 lead early in the second quarter. Senior Mack Brown passed for 207 yards with three touchdowns.

Defensively, the Wildcats were stellar. The Wildcat defense held Central Methodist to just five yards rushing on the day while forcing three turnovers.  Matt Brock recorded 10 tackles. Calvin Pearce recorded six with two forced fumbles.

Richie Bryant (pictured) will finish the season as the Heart of America Athletic Conference leading rusher at 126 yards per game, and ranks No. 4 in the NAIA. Bryant recorded more than 100 yards in nine consecutive games this season, tying a school record set by Kevin Alewine in 1985. Bryant will finish his career with 3,144 yards, third all time behind Ed Lierz with 4,492 and Alewine with 3,704.

Mack Brown finishes his career as the school's all-time passing leader with 8,278 yards. Brown has 57 career passing touchdowns to rank first all time at Baker.

Derek Doerfler finishes his career as the all-time field goal leader with 48, longest field goal made, 62, and most field goals made in a season, 23.

Baker finished the season 7-3. The Wildcats have recorded three consecutive winning seasons for the first time since their 1992 to 1994 run.

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