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Thursday, 25 October 2012 15:38

Football Returns to Action Saturday

Ryder Werts and the Wildcats defeated Culver-Stockton, 71-21, last season Ryder Werts and the Wildcats defeated Culver-Stockton, 71-21, last season

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – After two week’s away from the field, the No. 14 ranked Baker University football team returns to action this Saturday, Oct. 27 to take on Heart of America Athletic Conference opponent Culver-Stockton at 2 p.m. in Canton, Mo.

Baker entered its two week layoff with a 5-2 record and ranked No. 18 in the country, but the Wildcats have moved up in the last two polls, from No. 18 to No. 15 on Oct. 15 and this week they moved up one spot.

Culver-Stockton enters the game, 1-7 overall and 0-7 in the HAAC and is 3-29 all-time against Baker. Last season, Baker took down CSC at home, 71-21.

CSC is led by running back Desmond Phillips who has 372 yards rushing this season and two touchdowns. The Wildcats have trotted out four different quarterbacks this season who have attempted 39 or more passes, but Curtis Widener leads the team in passing yards with 699 and touchdowns with three.

Allen Overton is the team leader in passing efficiency at 97.3 and is second in yards with 557 and touchdown passes with three. Two receivers to look out for on Saturday for the Wildcats are Ronrico Ragsdale and Nick Hill.

Ragsdale is second on the team in yards with 305 and is second on the team in receiving touchdowns with three. Hill is the team leader in touchdowns with four and leads the team in yards with 319 and averages 19.9 yards per catch.

Baker is currently ranked No. 11 in passing efficiency in the NAIA with a 148.1 rating. Sam Vossen posts a 153.3 rating and Jake Morse has a 145.7 rating.

Vossen has eight touchdown passes on the year with just two interceptions and Morse has thrown for 611 yards in just five games played and five touchdown passes.

The trio of Jake Green, Reggie Harris and Kyle Bolton has been strong all season at receiver for Baker’s quarterbacks. All three have combined for 794 yards and seven touchdowns.

Green is the leader in receptions with 18 and touchdowns with four, but Bolton is the leader in yards per catch at 21.3 and Harris has the longest reception of the season with his 69-yard touchdown catch against Central Methodist on Sept. 15.

Bolton is also third on the team in rushing with 177 and two touchdowns and averages 16.1 yards per carry. Jermaine Broomfield leads Baker in rushing with 384 yards and six touchdowns and Dillon Baxter is just behind him with 374 yards and three touchdowns, but leads the team in yards per game at 62.3.

On defense, the Wildcats have two players that are moving up the national rankings in Andre Jolly and Mike Stevenson.

Jolly leads the HAAC in total sacks with nine and is third in the country in sacks and sacks per game at 1.3. He’s also No. 7 in the NAIA in tackles for loss with 13.5.

Stevenson has 10 pass deflections and two interceptions and is ranked No. 12 in the nation in pass deflections per game at 1.4.

Fans can watch the game live on Saturday at www.bakerwildcats.com. The Baker athletic department will provide, live stats, live video and live internet radio of Tom Hedrick. Click multimedia at the top of the website, then select one of the live links and enjoy the game.

GAME NOTES (PDF)

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