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Saturday, 16 November 2013 16:26

No. 4 BU Clinches Share of HAAC Title

Dillon Baxter had a big day for the Wildcats with 219 yards rushing Dillon Baxter had a big day for the Wildcats with 219 yards rushing

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The No. 4 ranked Baker University football team clinched a share of the Heart of America Athletic Conference regular season championship for the first time since 1993 and won its 10th regular season game for the first time in a season since 1983 with a 38-13 win over No. 19 ranked Peru State on Saturday afternoon inside Liston Stadium on Senior day.

With the win, Baker improved to 10-1 on the year and 8-1 in the HAAC, while Peru State ended its season with a 7-4 overall mark and 5-4 HAAC record.

Baker will now wait and see who and where it will play next week in the NAIA-FCS Playoffs, as the NAIA will host a selection show online at at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17.

This marks the second-straight season that the Wildcats will have advanced to the NAIA Playoffs and first time a Wildcat team has done that since the 1992 and 1993 squads. Baker also honored all 14 of its seniors on the field before kickoff.

Baker was led by its standout running back Dillon Baxter who ran for a career high 219 yards on 30 carries for an average of 7.3 yards and he ran one in for a score.

Baker began the day with a 24-yard field goal by Clarence Clark in the second quarter to put BU up 3-0. Then Peru State took its only lead of the game on a 25-yard touchdown run by Marcus Spearmann with 11:02 left in the first half.

Baker then scored 21-straight points on an Alex Stebbins 12-yard touchdown reception, a 43-yard TD reception by Clark and a six yard touchdown run by Camren Torneden.

Ethan Bray then scored the final points for Peru State on a two yard run in the 4th quarter and then Levi Cockle's extra point was no good, to bring the score to 24-13 'Cats.

Baxter then ran in his touchdown to put Baker up 31-13 and then Tyler Hatcher ended the scoring with a 32-yard touchdown reception with 6:53 left. Hatcher caught the ball at the five-yard line, then drug the defender all the way into the end zone.

Defensively, Baker held Peru to just 96 yards passing and Emmerson Clarke intercepted Tyler Audsley.

Adam Novak led the team with 10 tackles and had two tackles for loss and Austin Hamm had eight tackles.



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