Baker fell to No. 9 Ottawa 24-14 last week. The Wildcats committed 16 penalties for 144 yards, as opposed to Ottawa’s four penalties for 28 yards. Offensively the Wildcats were able to move the ball. Baker amassed 408 yards of total offense, including 363 from freshman quarterback Zach Faust. Faust went 27-for-45 with one touchdown.
Defensively, the Wildcats were solid. Senior defensive back Colton Miller was named the Victory Sports Network Classic Defensive Player of the Game. Miller led the team with ten tackles, including four for a loss, and one interception.
With the loss of senior defensive lineman Charleston Dela Cruz, the Baker defense will need to step up. Sophomore defensive lineman Michael Faison will be one of those players. Faison recorded two sacks and three tackles against Ottawa.
“Our defense kept us in the game last weekend,” said head coach Mike Grossner. “I was proud of how hard they played, but we’ve got to improve in all aspects of the game on Saturday.”
Missouri Valley was picked third in the HAAC preseason coaches’ poll. Baker was picked fifth.
“It goes to show you just how strong our conference is,” Grossner said of the HAAC. “In our first three weeks, we face three top-10 teams. I don’t know if there is any other team in the country that can say that. We’ve got an opportunity to right the ship for conference play.”