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Friday, 31 August 2012 14:27

No. 18 Baker Begins HAAC Slate at Peru

Dillon Baxter led the Wildcats in rushing last week with 84 yards Dillon Baxter led the Wildcats in rushing last week with 84 yards

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – After its impressive road win at No. 11 Ottawa last Saturday, the No. 18 ranked Baker University football team will now face Peru State this Saturday, Sept. 1 as they open up the Heart of America Athletic conference regular season on the road at 1 p.m.

The Wildcats defeated Ottawa, 27-20, last week and face a Peru State squad that also won its season opener, 35-27, on the road at Dakota State.

In the victory over Ottawa, Baker ran for 177 yards with 84 coming from junior transfer running back Dillon Baxter and as a squad managed 321 total yards of offense.

Backup quarterback Sam Vossen came in to lead the Wildcat offense after starting QB Jake Morse left the game with an injury early in the first quarter.

Vossen threw for 129 yards completing nine passes and a touchdown, but did throw two interceptions.

Kyle Bolton was the star on offense for Baker, with 129 total yards, 69 receiving and 60 yards rushing.

Defensively the Wildcats came up big with four takeaways and three of those came from HAAC Defensive Player of the Week Emmerson Clarke.

The Gulfport, Fla., native had two interceptions, one he took back 48 yards for a touchdown and recovered a fumble in the end zone for another touchdown to put the Wildcats up for good.

Clarke also had eight tackles and forced a fumble early on in the game. Sophomore safety Preston Schenck had the other interception against OU and returned it 28 yards.

Another bright spot for the Wildcats on Saturday was its special teams. For his efforts, senior kicker Steven Stewart was named the HAAC Special Teams Player of the Week after nailing a 44 and 27-yard field goal and placed three touchbacks.

Sophomore punter Bryan Williams also had a solid night in the kicking department, averaging 39.6 yards per punt.

In Peru State’s victory on Saturday, the Bobcats ran for 423 yards and averaged 9.8 yards per rush.

HAAC Offensive Player of the Week Ryan Ludlow ran for 204 yards and two scores and teammate Bo Sheppard ran for 129 yards on just 12 carries for two touchdowns.

Sheppard started at quarterback for Peru State and went 4-of-12 in the air with 69 yards, one touchdown and an interception.

On the defensive side of the ball, Peru State gave up 435 yards of total offense against Dakota State with 341 coming through the air and just 94 on the ground.

Baker defeated the Bobcats, 55-12, last season on Sept. 3 at Liston Stadium. The Wildcat defense was stifling in the victory allowing just 111 yards of offense and allowed only 11 first downs. Peru ran the ball 18 times for -59 yards rushing.

Fans can listen to the game live online and follow with live stats, visit www.bakerwildcats.com and its multimedia section.

-BAKER-

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