M Football http://www.bakeru.edu Tue, 09 Feb 2016 09:46:45 -0600 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Baker Football Adds 39 Future Wildcats on National Signing Day http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/11874-baker-football-adds-39-future-wildcats-on-national-signing-day http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/11874-baker-football-adds-39-future-wildcats-on-national-signing-day Baker University would like to welcome 39 future Wildcats on National Signing Day

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Baker University head football coach Mike Grossner heads into his 13th season leading the No. 5 ranked Wildcat football team, he and his coaching staff are pleased to announce the signing of 39 future Wildcats on National Signing Day.

The 39 recruits hail from nine different states with 14 coming from the State of Kansas.

“This could prove to be one of the best overall classes in our last 12 years,” said Grossner. “We addressed a lot of needs across the board. We still have a few good ones out there deciding, but hope to wrap it up soon. Great job by our coaching staff and school personnel in putting this one together, Go Cats!”

For a video of Coach Grossner recapping the class, please click here.

Please see below the full list of Baker football signees including video highlights and a quote from Coach Grossner.

Anthony Adams – OL – 6-1 – 265 – Westmoore HS – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

“Anthony was All-League in a very good football conference”

VIDEO HIGHLIGHT

Mikeice Adams – LB – 6-0 – 220 – Dean College – Kissimmee, Florida

“Mikeice will be an impact player at linebacker. He really flies to the ball.”

VIDEO HIGHLIGHT

Jarrett Alley – OL – 6-2 – 224 – Blue Valley HS – Overland Park, Kansas

“Jarrett has to get in the weight room to develop. But we have high hopes for the future.”

VIDEO HIGHLIGHT

Anthony Beauchard – Ath – 6-1 – 170 – South Plantations HS – Fort Lauderdale, Florida

“Anthony is a great athlete that played quarterback and wide receiver in high school.”

VIDEO HIGHLIGHT

Samy Benkirane – OL – 6-1 – 270 – Celebration HS – Kissimmee, Florida

“Sammy is a very hard working young man. He will find a way on the field.”

VIDEO HIGHLIGHT

Tyrus Bergeron – OL – 6-1 – 245 – Grace Brethren HS – Simi Valley, California

“Tyrus just finished playing in a California All-Star game and is a very good football player.”

VIDEO HIGHLIGHT

Alonzo Brown – OL – 6-0 – 365 – ASA College – North Miami Beach, Florida

“Alonzo can be effective for us as he continues to get in peak football shape.”

VIDEO HIGHLIGHT

Deundre Dozier – WR – 5-7 150 – Cypress Bay HS – Miramar, Florida

“Deundre is a playmaking wide receiver and kick returner. He has a lot of potential to become a good player.”

VIDEO HIGHLIGHT

Grant Elston – DB – 5’8 – 170 – Eudora HS – Tonganoxie, Kansas

“Grant is a tough and very athletic young man. Had could have an impact for us early in his career.”

VIDEO HIGHLIGHT

Riley England – RB – 6-0 – 200 – Osawatomie HS – Osawatomie, Kansas

“Riley put up huge numbers in high school. He has great athletic skills.”

VIDEO HIGHLIGHT

Brendan Fletcher – OL – 6-0 – 250 – Blue Valley HS – Overland Park, Kansas

“Brendan comes from a great program. He is a good young lineman.”

VIDEO HIGHLIGHT

Steven Gordon – WR – 5-9 – 160 – Oklahoma Christian Academy – Edmond, Oklahoma

“Steven can get in the mix early. He is a playmaker.”

VIDEO HIGHLIGHT

Thomas Graham – LB – 5-8 – 175 – Andover Central HS – Wichita, Kansas

“Thomas is pound-for-pound one of the toughest players in our signing class.”

VIDEO HIGHLIGHT

Gavin Green – RB/WR – 5-8 – 165 – Cypress Bay HS – Fort Lauderdale, Florida

“Gavin will be a good scat back and wide receiver for us.”

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Jared Harvey – OL – 6-6 – 315 – Ponca City HS – Ponca City, Oklahoma

“Jared has a huge upside and has great footwork.”

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Ivan Hollins – DB – 5-8 – 174 – Lawrence HS – Lawrence, Kansas

“Ivan has a chance to get in the mix early in our secondary.”

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Branden Ho – DE – 6-0 – 220 – Wichita Northwest HS – Wichita, Kansas

“Branded is a high motor football player and can play long snapper for us as well.”

VIDEO HIGHLIGHT

Jared Ice – OL – 6-5 – 280 – Jefferson West HS – Meriden, Kansas

“Jared’s potential is through the roof. He has great foot work.”

VIDEO HIGHLIGHT

Austin Jackson – DE – 6-1 – 230 – Henderson State – Leavenworth, Kansas

“Good linebacker that will probably put his hand in the ground for us.”

VIDEO HIGHLIGHT

Brennen Kellogg – OL – 6-1 – 275 – Oak Grove HS – Oak Grove, Missouri

“Brennen will compete right away for a starting position.”

VIDEO HIGHLIGHT

Donovan Kelly – OL – 6-1 – 275 – Gardner-Edgerton HS – Edgerton, Kansas

“Donovan has a chance to get in the mix early on our O-Line.”

VIDEO HIGHLIGHT

Kanon Kirkland – WR – 5-9 – 165 – Harrison HS – Harrison, Arkansas

“Kanon was a two-time All-State athlete. He is going to be a real good receiver for us.”

VIDEO HIGHLIGHT

Sam Marks – DB – 5-9 – 160 – Staley HS – Kansas City, Missouri

“Sam will play baseball and football at Baker. He is a good defensive back.”

VIDEO HIGHLIGHT

Joshua McCann – WR – 5-10 – 155 – Elkins HS – Missouri City, Texas

“Joshua needs to develop in some areas, then he will be ready to compete for us in the future.”

VIDEO HIGHLIGHT

Nate McLaurin – DB – 5-10 – 190 – Glendale CC – Glendale, Arizona

“Nate was the fastest young man on his team at Glendale CC. He is going to be a good one.”

VIDEO HIGHLIGHT

Brandon Mueller – QB – 6-1 – 195 – Franklin HS – El Paso, Texas

“Brandon was identified early as the future leader of our program.”

VIDEO HIGHLIGHT

Colton Parten – DE – 6-3 – 245 – Shilo Christian HS – Lowell, Arkansas

“Colton was a four-year starter and has great get-off and motor.”

VIDEO HIGHLIGHT

Will Smith – RB – 5-8 – 200 – Wyandotte HS – Kansas City, Kansas

“Will has a chance to be a good down hill runner for us.”

VIDEO HIGHLIGHT

Chase Smilley – OL – 6-0 – 250 – Harrah HS – Wellston, Oklahoma

“Chase will work hard for a spot up front.”

VIDEO HIGHLIGHT

Rhett Spenrath – OL – 6-1 – 240 – El Campo HS – El Campo, Texas

“Rhett is a good football player. Once he adds some weight, he will be an impact lineman.”

“Rhett is an outstanding young man and played a very pivotal role on our team,” said El Campo HS head coach Wayne Condra. “He is very dedicated and has all the tools to be successful at the next level.”

Nathan Squires – DL – 6-2 – 275 – University of Central Missouri – California, Missouri

“Nathan will be a two-sport athlete joining our track team. He won the Missouri State Championship in high school in the shot put.”

VIDEO HIGHLIGHT

Jack Taylor – TE – 6-4 – 190 – Excelsior Springs HS – Excelsior Springs, Missouri

“Jack will be a two-sport athlete, as he will join our track & field team as well.”

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AJ Totta – RB – 5-11 – 218 – Blue Valley HS – Overland Park, Kansas

“AJ is that big strong rugged player we need to compliment our other running backs.”

VIDEO HIGHLIGHT

Daryll Weledji – DL – 6-2 – 260 – St. Thomas Aquinas HS – Overland Park, Kansas

“Daryll has only played one year of football and is a raw talent.”

VIDEO HIGHLIGHT

Monterio Whiles – LB – 5-9 – 215 – Staley HS – Kansas City, Missouri

“Monterio is a really good linebacker and great tackler.”

VIDEO HIGHLIGHT

Darrius Winston – DB – 5-11 – 165 – Choctaw HS – Midwest City, Oklahoma

“Darrius will push to play right away. His brother Darrian is currently our starting First-Team All-Conference safety.”

VIDEO HIGHLIGHT

Ryan Workman – LB – 5-9 – 215 – Olatha North HS – Olathe, Kansas

“Ryan is a tough and rugged inside linebacker.”

VIDEO HIGHLIGHT

D’monique Zachery – DB – 5-9 – 155 – Grace Brethren HS – Venice, California

“D’monique is a great two-sport athlete and will also join our track & field team.”

VIDEO HIGHLIGHT

Jake Zieler – LB – 6-4 -215 – St. Johns HS – St. Johns, Arizona

“Jake was the Arizona Player of the Year in 2013 and will be joining us after a two-year church mission.”

VIDEO HIGHLIGHT

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Wed, 03 Feb 2016 10:55:51 -0600
13 Wildcats Named NAIA Scholar-Athletes http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/11771-13-wildcats-named-naia-scholar-athletes http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/11771-13-wildcats-named-naia-scholar-athletes Photo by Dale Grosbach

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Baker University football team landed 13 of its players on the 2015 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete list, announced this week by the national office.

The 13 Wildcats who joined the list of 312 other football players from the NAIA honored on the list include Alex Baird, Nick Becker, Tanner Clark, Knute Holden, Adam Lomenick, Emerson McGuire, Daniel Sumler, Michael Thomason, Myron Tipton, Birdsong Warren, Sam Wescott, Jess Westmoreland and Nadir Zayyad.

In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.

Baker’s 13 scholar-athletes are the second-most of any NAIA football program in the country, as Carroll (Mont.) led the country with 14 scholar-athletes.

For a look at the entire list of scholar-athletes, please click here.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Mon, 21 Dec 2015 22:40:47 -0600
Clarence Clark, Tucker Pauley Named to AFCA NAIA All-America Teams http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/11746-clarence-clark-tucker-pauley-named-to-afca-naia-all-america-teams http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/11746-clarence-clark-tucker-pauley-named-to-afca-naia-all-america-teams Clarence Clark broke the Baker school record in receiving yards in a season in 2015/Photo by Khadijah Lane

WACO, Texas – Two members of the 2015 Heart South Champion Baker University football team were selected to the 2015 AFCA NAIA Coaches’ All-America Team, announced on Tuesday.

The two Wildcats selected include sophomore wide receiver Clarence Clark and senior linebacker Tucker Pauley.

Clark was named to the First Team All-America Offensive team, while Pauley earned a spot on the Second Team All-America Defensive squad.

Clark is one of only four sophomores to be named an All-American this season. He broke the Baker single season record for receiving yards in a season in 2015 with 1,113, a 22 year record that went to Gary Greenwood when he recorded 1,102 receiving yards in 1993.

The Phoenix, Arizona native also tied a school record with 16 receiving touchdowns in 2015 and was named to three different Heart All-Conference teams this season as a wide receiver/kicker.

Pauley finished the season with 73 total team tackles, finishing third on the team and he picked off six interceptions, good for second on the squad behind Darrian Winston.

The Grain Valley, Missouri product led Baker in tackles for loss with 17.5 and recovered one fumble.

Both Clark and Pauley join head coach Mike Grossner on the AFCA award list this season, as the Baker head coach was named a 2015 AFCA Regional Coach of the Year last week.

For a look at the entire list of AFCA NAIA All-Americans, please click here.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Tue, 15 Dec 2015 12:43:24 -0600
Mike Grossner Named 2015 AFCA Regional Coach of the Year http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/11691-mike-grossner-named-2015-afca-regional-coach-of-the-year http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/11691-mike-grossner-named-2015-afca-regional-coach-of-the-year Mike Grossner Named 2015 AFCA Regional Coach of the Year

WACO, Texas – Baker University head football coach Mike Grossner joined some of the top football coaches at all levels on Monday, as he was named a 2015 American Football Coaches Association Regional Coach of the Year.

Grossner led the Wildcats to an 11-2 record this season and its second Heart of America Athletic Conference title in the last three years.

Wrapping up his 12th season for the Wildcats, Coach ranks fourth all-time in program history in wins with his overall mark of 84-49.

Baker appeared in the NAIA Football Championship Series for the third time in four years this season and advanced to the National Quarterfinals, hosting the first two rounds at Liston Stadium.

The 2015 Heart South Coach of the Year joined four other NAIA coaches on the list including Reinhardt’s Drew Cronic, University of St. Francis’ Kevin Donley, Morningside’s Steve Ryan and Arizona Christian’s Donnie Yontis.

Coach is also joined by fellow coaches at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level including, Clemson’s Dabo Swinney, University of Florida’s Jim McElwain, University of Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz, Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy and Stanford’s David Shaw.

For a look at the entire list of Regional Coaches of the Year, please see below.

2015 AFCA Regional Coach of the Year Winners
Football Bowl Subdivision
Region 1: Dabo Swinney, Clemson University
Region 2: Jim McElwain, University of Florida*
Region 3: Kirk Ferentz, University of Iowa
Region 4: Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State University
Region 5: David Shaw, Stanford University

Football Championship Subdivision
Region 1: Buddy Teevens, Dartmouth College
Region 2: Mike Houston, The Citadel
Region 3: John Grass, Jacksonville State University*
Region 4: Rick Chamberlin, University of Dayton
Region 5: Ed Lamb, Southern Utah University

Division II
Region 1: Monte Cater, Shepherd University
Region 2: Will Hall, University of West Georgia
Region 3: Lee Owens, Ashland University
Region 4: Dan Cocannouer,
Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Region 5: Rob Smith, Humboldt State University

Division III
Region 1: E.J. Mills, Amherst College
Region 2: Jeff Pukszyn, Moravian College
Region 3: Buck Buchanan, Hendrix College
Region 4: Mike Swider, Wheaton College*
Region 5: Pat Cerroni, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

NAIA
Region 1: Drew Cronic, Reinhardt University
Region 2: Kevin Donley, University of Saint Francis (Ind.)
Region 3: Mike Grossner, Baker University
Region 4: Steve Ryan, Morningside College*
Region 5: Donnie Yantis, Arizona Christian University
*-2014 winner

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Mon, 07 Dec 2015 10:36:03 -0600
No. 7 Southern Oregon Ends No. 2 Baker’s Season in FCS Quarterfinals http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/11667-no-7-southern-oregon-ends-no-2-baker-s-season-in-fcs-quarterfinals http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/11667-no-7-southern-oregon-ends-no-2-baker-s-season-in-fcs-quarterfinals Damon Nolan had a 76-yard kick return on Saturday

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The No. 2 ranked Baker University football team ended its 2015 season in the NAIA FCS Quarterfinals at the hands of the 2014 NAIA defending national champion and No. 7 ranked Southern Oregon Raiders, 24-19, on Saturday afternoon.

With the win SOU advances to the NAIA FCS semifinals, while the Wildcats end its season with a record of 11-2.

This marks the second time in three seasons, Baker fell in the NAIA FCS Quarterfinals. The Raiders move to 10-2 on the year.

NAIA FCS Offensive Player of the Game Tanner Trosin threw for 261 yards and a touchdown and ran for another 46 yards to lead SOU.

While Logan Brettell went 22-of-35 for 206 yards and a score and Baker’s Darrian Winston was named the NAIA FCS Defensive Player of the Game.

The Raiders scored first on a 1-yard run by Melvin Mason with 7:22 to go in the 1st quarter. Then Abram Garcia put the ‘Cats on the board with a 36-yard field goal in the second quarter.

Southern Oregon came back with another TD from Mason to make the score 14-3, before Quanzee Johnson scored on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Brettell. SOU led at the break, 14-10.

Matt Retzlaff scored on a 60-yard pass play from Trosin and then Garcia added another field goal, this time from 28-yards out to bring the game to 21-13.

Marcus Montano added a field goal just before the end of the third quarter and Brettell ran in a TD from 6-yards out to cut the lead to 24-19.

Baker attempted to convert a two-point conversion, but Alex Stebbins was stopped short and the Raiders then ran out the clock and moved on in the FCS.

Adonis Powell led the Wildcats on the ground with 72 yards rushing, while Damon Nolan had a team-high 56 yards receiving.

Defensively, Tucker Pauley and Winston each had an interception and Akim Francis led Baker with 10 tackles. Pauley also had three tackles for loss in his final game in a Baker uniform.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Sat, 28 Nov 2015 15:29:04 -0600
2015 Heart South All-Conference Teams Loaded with Wildcats http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/11666-2015-heart-south-all-conference-teams-loaded-with-wildcats http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/11666-2015-heart-south-all-conference-teams-loaded-with-wildcats Clarence Clark earned a spot on three Heart South All-Conference teams, announced on Wednesday/Photo by Dale Grosbach

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – As the No. 2 ranked Baker University football team prepares to take on defending NAIA national champion and No. 7 ranked Southern Oregon on Saturday in the NAIA FCS Quarterfinals, the 2015 Heart of America Athletic Conference Southern Division All-Conference team was announced on Wednesday afternoon.

The Wildcats featured 10 First Team All-Conference award winners including Co-Defensive Players of the Year Tucker Pauley and Josh Kock along with Coach of the Year Mike Grossner and Assistant Coach of the Year, defensive coordinator Jason Thoren.

This is the second Heart Coach of the Year award for Coach Grossner, the other coming in 2013 when Baker captured its last Heart title before this season.

Sophomore Clarence Clark was named to three different All-Conference teams, First Team as a wide receiver, First Team as an athlete and Second Team Offense as a kicker.

Damon Nolan was also featured on three All-Conference teams, First Team Defense as a punt returner, Second Team offense as a wide receiver and Second Team defense as a kick returner.

The Wildcats featured on the First Team Offense include Clark, sophomore offensive lineman Kyle Wittman, and junior quarterback Nick Marra.

On the First Team Defense, Baker earned the nod for Kock, Pauley, junior linebacker Kharon Brown, junior defensive back Avery Parker, junior safety Darrian Winston, junior punt returner Nolan and athlete Clark.

The Second Team Offense is again loaded with ‘Cats including Nolan at wide receiver, senior offensive lineman Jess Westmoreland, junior running back Adonis Powell, Clark at the kicker spot and sophomore punter Jacob Thompkins.

Six Wildcats were named to the Second Team Defense including junior defensive end Adam Novak, senior defensive lineman Tyrell Everett, senior defensive lineman Myron Tipton, junior linebacker Akim Francis, sophomore safety Hayden Jenkins and Nolan at the kick returner spot.

The rest of the Wildcats featured on the Heart Honorable Mention All-Conference list include sophomore wide receiver Cornell Brown, junior defensive lineman Nick Becker and senior cornerback Byron Roath.

The No. 2 Wildcats will take on No. 7 Southern Oregon on Saturday, Nov. 28 at 12 p.m. CST in the NAIA FCS Quarterfinals inside Liston Stadium.

Baker and SOU last met in the 2005 season in Ashland, Oregon with the Raiders prevailing, 44-29.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:31:45 -0600
No. 2 Baker to Host Defending National Champ No. 7 Southern Oregon http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/11659-no-2-baker-to-host-defending-national-champ-no-7-southern-oregon http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/11659-no-2-baker-to-host-defending-national-champ-no-7-southern-oregon No. 2 Baker to Host Defending National Champ No. 7 Southern Oregon

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The No. 2 ranked Baker University football team will host No. 7 ranked and 2014 NAIA National Champion Southern Oregon next Saturday, Nov. 28 at 12 p.m. CST inside Liston Stadium in the NAIA FCS Quarterfinals.

The 11-1 Wildcats will host a 9-2 team that defeated No. 11 ranked Kansas Wesleyan, 52-8, on Saturday in the First Round of the FCS.

The Wildcats rolled past No. 17 Point University, 68-21, at home on Saturday in the First Round.

The SOU Raiders from Ashland, Oregon defeated Marian, 55-31, in Daytona Beach, Florida for the 2014 NAIA National Championship.

With a win over SOU, the Wildcats have a chance to defeat the last two NAIA National champs in the same season, as Baker took down 2013 NAIA champion Grand View this season on Aug. 29 in the season opener, 20-15, in Des Moines, Iowa.

Fans can watch and listen to Saturday’s game live on the official website of Baker Athletics, www.bakerwildcats.com.

NAIA FCS Website

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Sun, 22 Nov 2015 12:52:44 -0600
No. 2 Football Advances in NAIA FCS with 68-21 win over Point http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/11653-no-2-football-advances-in-naia-fcs-with-68-21-win-over-point http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/11653-no-2-football-advances-in-naia-fcs-with-68-21-win-over-point Logan Brettell had a monster game for the Wildcats with 419 yards passing and six touchdowns

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Baker University sophomore quarterback Logan Brettell and sophomore wide receiver Clarence Clark had historic days for the No. 2 ranked Wildcats, as they defeated No. 17 Point (Ga.), 68-21, in the First Round of the NAIA Football Championship series on Saturday.

Baker will now compete in the quarterfinals of the NAIA FCS on Saturday, Nov. 28 inside Liston Stadium. The opponent and time of the game will be determined on Sunday, Nov. 22. You can find out who the ‘Cats will play next at the official website of Baker Athletics, www.bakerwildcats.com.

Brettell tied the school record with six touchdowns passes, joining Jake Morse, Nick Marra and Mike Baggs atop the Baker all-time mark for TD’s passes in a game.

He also went 28-of-36 in the air for 419 yards and was just 14 yards short of Mack Brown’s 433 yards, which is the most by a BU quarterback in a game, back in 2008.

Clark had seven catches for 200 yards and four touchdown receptions. He finished just 21 yards behind Gary Greenwood’s 221 Baker record in a game, in which he accomplished that in 1993.

The Wildcats are now 11-1 on the year and tied for the school record in wins in a season with the 2013 football team, who went 11-2 and advanced to the NAIA FCS quarterfinals. Point ends its season at 8-3 overall.

Baker jumped out to a 26-0 lead with three touchdowns by Clarence Clark of 34, 36 and 69-yards. Cornell Brown also scored on a 26-yard score.

After a 26-7 halftime lead, Clark again scored on a 17-yard pass from Brettell and Alex Stebbins scored from 1-yard out on back-to-back possessions.

Then the Baker defense got in on the scoring fray, with a fumble recovery for a TD by Birdsong Warren and Adam Novak took a fumble recovery 52-yards for a score.

Dalton Buehler put a bow on the game with a 41-yard touchdown scamper with 1:30 to go in the game, to give Baker a 68-21.

Baker accumulated 605 yards of total offense and allowed just 294. Point had 88 rushing yards on 41 attempts for an average of 2.1 yards per carry and threw for 206 yards.

Adam Novak was named the NAIA FCS Defensive Player of the Game, while Brettell earned the NAIA FCS Offensive Player of the Game award.

Darrian Winston had the other takeaway for Baker with an interception in the second half and Tucker Pauley led the ‘Cats with 10 tackles and had two tackles for loss.

Novak finished with five tackles, including 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Sat, 21 Nov 2015 16:23:53 -0600
Darrian Winston, Adonis Powell Named Heart Players of the Week http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/11640-darrian-winston-adonis-powell-named-heart-players-of-the-week http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/11640-darrian-winston-adonis-powell-named-heart-players-of-the-week Darrian Winston (No. 21) has five interceptions this season/Photo by Khadijah Lane

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Two members of the 2015 Heart South Champion No. 2 ranked Baker University football team earned this week’s Heart Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week awards, as Darrian Winston was named the league’s top Defensive Player, while Adonis Powell earned the Heart Offensive Player of the Week.

Powell ran 32 times for 177 yards and caught four passes for 27 yards in Baker’s 38-35 win at Evangel last week.

His touchdown run for six yards with 48 seconds remaining sealed the deal for Baker and helped them move to 10-1 overall and a perfect 5-0 in the Heart South.

Winston was a force for the Baker defense with two interceptions in the second half, his fourth and fifth of the season. He also had two pass deflections including a pass break up on Evangel’s final possession of the game.

The No. 2 ranked Wildcats will now host No. 17 ranked Point University (Ga.) on Saturday, Nov. 21 in the First Round of the NAIA Football Championship Series at 12 p.m. inside Liston Stadium.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Mon, 16 Nov 2015 19:05:40 -0600
No. 2 Baker Football to Host No. 17 Point (Ga.) in FCS First Round http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/11637-no-2-baker-football-to-host-no-17-point-ga-in-fcs-first-round http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/11637-no-2-baker-football-to-host-no-17-point-ga-in-fcs-first-round Quanzee Johnson and the Wildcats will host Point (Ga.) Saturday, Nov. 21 at 12 p.m.

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The No. 2 ranked and 2015 Heart of America Athletic Conference Southern Division Champion Baker University football team will host No. 17 ranked Point University (Ga.) in the First Round of the NAIA Football Championship Series inside Liston Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 21.

The contest will kickoff at 12 p.m. CST at Liston Stadium. This marks the 14th time the Baker football team has qualified for the NAIA Playoffs. Baker is 7-6 all-time in the First Round.

The Skyhawks are from West Point, Georgia and went 8-2 overall and a perfect 5-0 in The Sun Conference, winning the conference championship.

This will mark the first-time in program history either team has faced off against each other.

The Wildcats enter the FCS with a record of 10-1 and went a perfect 5-0 in the Heart South. This is the third FCS Playoff appearance for the Wildcats in the last four seasons. The conference title was its second in the last three seasons.

The Skyhawks went 2-0 this season against teams ranked in the NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 at the time they played, as they defeated No. 23 ranked Webber International, 24-21, on the road on Oct. 17 and defeated No. 25 Southeastern University, 66-34, at home on Oct. 24.

Baker went 3-0 against opponents that were ranked at the time of the contest including a 20-15 win at No. 6 Grand View in the 2015 season opener, they also posted a 48-13 win at home against William Penn and a 35-10 win on Homecoming against No. 20 Peru State.

Fans can watch the game at 12 p.m. CST next Saturday, Nov. 21 at the official website of Baker Athletics, www.bakerwildcats.com.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Sun, 15 Nov 2015 16:19:19 -0600