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09.05.10 | M Football

FB Falls

9.5.10 | Football

No. 24 Baker falls to No. 10 Missouri Valley

Reggie Harris averaged 18 yards on kick returns Saturday.

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – For the second straight week the Baker (0-2, 0-1) offense struggled to put points on the scoreboard.

Heading into the fourth quarter, Missouri Valley (1-0, 1-0) held a 17-0 advantage before Baker finally struck on a costly turnover by the Vikings.

The Wildcats scored their points on a two-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Kyle Bolton in the fourth quarter, and a 27-yard field goal by Jared Morss.

By far the most frustrating aspect of the game was the performance of the Wildcat offense. The dropped passes. The holding calls. The false starts. Seemingly nothing went right until the Wildcats got their break at the start of the fourth quarter.

Before connecting on the 27-yard field goal,  QB Zach Faust threw a pass to the corner of the end zone into the hands of 6-2 WR Joel Murphy. It wasn’t meant to be. The officials ruled Murphy out of bounds, killing what would’ve made the game a three-point deficit.

“We had parents down in that end zone with pictures of Murphy getting both feet down with the ball,” said head coach Mike Grossner. “It was a ridiculous call, none of them raised their hands or called incomplete, finally one of them made the hero call ruling the pass incomplete.”

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Defensive Coordinator Jason Thoren

Without a doubt, the talk this week will be around who the starting quarterback ought to be and who it will be.

Freshman Zach Faust went 8-for-23 amassing 88 yards with two interceptions and no touchdowns. Jake Morse added 39 yards going 5-for-8.

The ground attack also had its flaws. The defensive line of Missouri Valley kept RB Aaron Terrill under wraps as he ran for 43 yards on nine carries.

Defensively, the Wildcats were solid yet again heading into their showdown with No. 6 MidAmerica Nazarene next weekend in Olathe.

Matt Brock led the way defensively recording 21 tackles.  Kyle Weinmaster highlighted the day when he sacked the Missouri Valley quarterback for a loss of 11 yards early in the game.

“Someone needs to step up, we’re a good football team, these guys are fun to coach,” Grossner added. “We’re in a must win situation next week if we want to have any chance in the conference race.”

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