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Sunday, 28 August 2011 00:48

Wildcats Roll

8.27.11 | Football

No. 23 Baker rolls to commanding 41-16 victory over No. 10 Ottawa

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BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University football team got its season started with a bang on Saturday evening, defeating No. 10 Ottawa University 41-16.

Shane Gizmo got the scoring started for Ottawa in the first quarter on a nine-yard touchdown run thanks to an 11-play 92-yard drive for the Braves.

Baker wasted no time punching back.

On the ensuing kickoff junior Tyler Hatcher found a gap and broke free for an 82-yard kickoff return to even the score at 7-7.

The special teams weren’t finished there.

The Wildcats took a 17-16 lead into halftime thanks to a 62-yard punt return by Reggie Harris.

“Our special teams was huge for us heading into halftime,” said head coach Mike Grossner. “The way we came out after halftime really showed just how special this group is.”

Baker outscored Ottawa 24-0 in the second half while racking up 468 yards of total offense in the game. Defensively the Wildcats were stellar as well. Junior Adam Steele, the VSN Defensive Player of the Game finished with two interceptions and 16 tackles.  Junior linebacker Ryder Werts also recorded an interception.

Senior John Babb, the VSN Offensive Player of the Game finished with 102 yards on the ground and one touchdown. Sophomore Scott Meyer finished with 21 carries for 131 yards with two touchdowns.

“We tired them out in the second half,” Babb said. “We knew all summer that our whole team was in pretty good shape. It was a great start to our season.”

Sophomore quarterback Jake Morse finished with 127 yards on 11-for-27 passing with one interception.

The Wildcats return to action next Saturday, September 3, 2011.

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