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09.12.11 | M Football

Setback

9.12.11 | Football

Evangel edges No. 23 Baker, 34-27

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Evangel grabbed an early lead on Saturday and didn’t look back.

The Crusaders opened the game with a 3:22 scoring drive as quarterback Andrew Brimhall connected with Shawn Herbert on a 22-yard pass.

Baker followed with a 72-yard drive inside the 10-yard line, but had to settle for one of its four field goals in the game.

Following a Drew O’Cain field goal by the Crusaders, Evangel pressed forward with another touchdown at 9:29 in the second quarter. Baker finally answered with a seven-play 50-yard drive that ended with Reggie Harris grabbing a 10-yard touchdown pass.

Evangel opened the second half with a 40-yard field goal and Baker followed with a 14-yard field goal of its own. Evangel’s two crushing blows came in the third and fourth quarter after Tommy Meyer scored on a 25-yard touchdown pass and Caleb Walker grabbed a 40-yard pass to give Evangel a 34-20 lead with just nine minutes remaining in regulation.

Xavier Lewis closed the gap with 5:54 remaining in regulation when he grabbed a 43-yard TD pass from Jake Morse to give Baker its final total of 27-34.

Quarterback Jake Morse finished the game with 412 yards in the air while completing 30-of-50 passes with two TDs and two interceptions. Kyle Bolton led the Wildcats running attack with 29 yards.

The Wildcats (2-1, 1-1 HAAC) will return to action this weekend when they face Central Methodist (1-1, 1-1 HAAC) at 6 p.m. from Liston Stadium.

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