M Football http://www.bakeru.edu Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:06:54 -0600 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Baker Ends Football Season Ranked No. 18 http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10457-baker-ends-football-season-ranked-no-18 http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10457-baker-ends-football-season-ranked-no-18 Baker Ends Football Season Ranked No. 18

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University football team just narrowly missed out on its third-straight trip to the NAIA-FCS Playoffs this season, ending the 2014 season ranked No. 18 in the final NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll.

The Wildcats end 2014 with an 8-3 mark and 6-3 record in the HAAC good for second-place in the conference.

The HAAC ends the year with four teams ranked, including No. 5 Missouri Valley, No. 9 MidAmerica Nazarene, Baker and No. 25 Benedictine.

For a look at the entire poll, please click here.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Sun, 16 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0600
No. 7 Missouri Valley Edges No. 12 Baker, 27-24 http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10452-no-7-missouri-valley-edges-no-12-baker-27-24 http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10452-no-7-missouri-valley-edges-no-12-baker-27-24 Camren Torneden had another 100 yard game for Baker

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The No. 7 ranked Missouri Valley Vikings edged No. 12 Baker, 27-24, on Saturday to capture a share of the 2014 HAAC Championship with No. 11 MidAmerica Nazarene.

The Vikings improved to 9-1 overall and 8-1 in the HAAC, while the Wildcats fell to 8-3 and 6-3 in the HAAC and have lost 3 of its last four games.

Baker will now have to wait and see if it will qualify for the 2014 NAIA-FCS Playoffs, as the NAIA will host its selection show on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 5 p.m. You can view the show, by clicking here.

The Wildcat offense was efficient on the day with 335 total yards with 148 yards rushing and 187 yards passing. But Baker committed four turnovers with two interceptions thrown by Nick Marra and Marra fumbled twice.

NAIA All-American Ty Phillips had a big day for the Vikings with eight tackles, including three sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception for a touchdown.

Baker trailed 14-0 in the first quarter after two pick-six's one by Phillips and the other by Ricky Williams.

But Baker bounced back with a TJ Holtrop 20-yard TD reception and the Torneden score.

The Wildcats then trailed again at 24-17, but Justice Berry scored on a TD reception from Marra. Then kicker Daniel Mouro knocked in a field goal with one minute remaining to give the Vikings the win.

Cam Torneden led the team with 107 yards rushing on 22 attempts and a score, while Justice Berry had one of his best games in a Baker uniform with five receptions for 50-yards and a score.

Senior Mike Stevenson picked off his sixth pass of the season on Saturday and Kharon Brown recovered the muffed punt recovery by the Vikings' Ricky Fuentes.

Duane Sims led the 'Cats with 10 tackles and Adam Novak had a team high two tackles for loss.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Sat, 15 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0600
Baker Moves up a Spot to No. 12 http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10444-baker-moves-up-a-spot-to-no-12 http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10444-baker-moves-up-a-spot-to-no-12 Baker Moves up a Spot to No. 12

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – With a 28-14 road win at Central Methodist on Saturday afternoon, the Baker University football team moved into a tie with Northwestern (Iowa) for No. 12 in this week's NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 poll, announced on Monday.

The 8-2 Wildcats improved to 6-2 in the HAAC with the victory over CMU and moved up a spot in the poll from its No. 13 ranking a week ago.

Now the Wildcats will host No. 7 Missouri Valley this Saturday, Nov. 15 to keep its playoff hopes alive and still have a shot at a share of the 2014 HAAC Championship, with a victory over Mo Val and a loss by No. 11 MidAmerica Nazarene at home against Avila, Baker would earn a share of its second-straight HAAC Championship.

Kickoff for Baker and Missouri Valley is 1 p.m. inside Liston Stadium on Senior Day.

Notes (all information dates back to 1999): Morningside (Iowa) is making its 17th all-time appearance at No. 1 ... The Mustangs have held the No. 1 ranking in 17 of the last 23 Coaches' Polls ... Three teams have held the No. 1 ranking since the 2013 Preseason Poll: Morningside (Iowa), Cumberlands (Ky.) and Grand View (Iowa) ... Carroll (Mont.) leads all institutions with 57 all-time first-place rankings and is followed by former member Sioux Falls (S.D.) (55), Georgetown (Ky.) (25), Morningside and Saint Xavier (Ill.) (14) ... With the streak of Saint Francis (Ind.) snapped on Oct. 13 at 186-straight Top 25 rankings, Carroll now owns the active lead with 178, Missouri Valley with 113, Morningside with 96 and Saint Xavier with 86 ... Morningside holds the longest streak of top 10 rankings, having been ranked among the top 10 teams for 45-straight polls dating back to Sept. 19, 2011 ... Overall, 37 teams have been ranked in 2014 ... On Oct. 6, No. 15 Valley City State (N.D.) became the first team from the North Star Athletic Association to crack the Top 25 ... No. 25 Webber International (Fla.) is the first team from The Sun Conference to receive Top 25 mention ... Carroll, Faulkner (Ala.), Grand View and Morningside have been ranked among the top-10 in every edition this season ... The Association of Independent Institutions is the only league not to have a team ranked at some point in the Top 25 this season.

For a look at the entire Top 25 poll, please click here.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0600
Three Wildcats Named to Capital One Academic All-District List http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10438-three-wildcats-named-to-capital-one-academic-all-district-list http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10438-three-wildcats-named-to-capital-one-academic-all-district-list Micheal Lisher earned a spot on the 2014 Captial One Academic All-District First Team along with two other teammates

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Three members of the No. 13 ranked Baker University football team have been selected to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team for their contributions on and off the field.

The three Wildcats are senior offensive lineman Michael Lisher (Lawrence, Kan.), junior offensive lineman Tanner Clark (Holton, Kan.) and senior safety Gunnar McKenna (Holton, Kan.).

All three are now in the running for the prestigious 2014 Capital One Academic All-America award presented by CoSIDA. No Baker football player has ever received the honor and only four Baker student-athletes have been awarded including women's soccer player Jordan Dolbin, men's soccer player Josh Rydberg, women's track athlete Katie Thurbon and men's track athlete Aaron Caldwell.

Lisher, Clark and McKenna were selected on the District Level out of a pool of NAIA football players from the states of (Iowa, Kan., Minn., Mo., Mont., N.D., Neb., S.D., Wisc.)

In order to be nominated for the award, an athlete must have a 3.30 cumulative GPA or above and play in at least 50-percent of the teams games.

All three have been vital to the Wildcats 8-2 record and 6-2 mark in the HAAC and are nearing a berth in the NAIA-FCS Playoffs for the third-straight year.

For a look at the entire list, please click here.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0600
No. 13 Baker Bounces Back for 28-14 win over CMU http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10431-no-13-baker-bounces-back-for-28-14-win-over-cmu http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10431-no-13-baker-bounces-back-for-28-14-win-over-cmu Nick Marra had four touchdown passes in his return for the 'Cats

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The No. 13 ranked Baker University football team bounced back after two-straight losses with a 28-14 road win at Central Methodist University on Saturday.

With the win, the Wildcats improved to 8-2 overall and 6-2 in the HAAC, while the Eagles fell to 4-6 and 3-5 in the conference.

Baker is now all-alone in second place in the HAAC standings, as MNU and Missouri Valley are tied for first place at 7-1. Baker will host No. 9 Missouri Valley next Saturday, Nov. 15 at 1 p.m. on Senior Day.

Quarterback Nick Marra returned for Baker for the first time since the Peru State game on Oct. 4 and threw four touchdown passes and 218 yards.

Baker's scoring began when Marra threw a 45-yard pass to Dylan Perry with 13:58 left in the first quarter. The next score occurred just before the second quarter, when Marra connected with Ladai Shawn Boose for 11-yards.

The next two scores came on a Justice Berry 14-yard TD reception with 10:49 to go until halftime and the final score came on a Alex Stebbins 13-yard reception.

The Baker defense allowed only 243 total yards and caused one turnover. Keith Loneker Jr. had 14 tackles for the 'Cats and Andre Jolly had two more sacks. Byron Roath recovered the one turnover for Baker.

Baker's running game was led by Camren Torneden with his 14 carries and 50 yards and Adonis Powell added 22 yards on nine carries.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Sat, 08 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0600
Football Ranked No. 13 in this Week’s Poll http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10400-football-ranked-no-13-in-this-week-s-poll http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10400-football-ranked-no-13-in-this-week-s-poll Football Ranked No. 13 in this Week’s Poll

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University football team fell six spots on Monday from No. 7 to No. 13 in this week's NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 poll, after dropping its second-straight game on Saturday.

Baker lost 38-24 last week at home against Culver-Stockton to fall to 7-2 overall and 5-2 in the HAAC.

This marks the first time this season, the Wildcats are ranked outside the Top 10. Other HAAC schools ranked this week include No. 9 Missouri Valley, No. 12 MidAmerica Nazarene and No. 20 Benedictine.

Notes (all information dates back to 1999): Morningside (Iowa) is making its 16th all-time appearance at No. 1 ... The Mustangs have held the No. 1 ranking in 16 of the last 22 Coaches' Polls ... Three teams have held the No. 1 ranking since the 2013 Preseason Poll: Morningside (Iowa), Cumberlands (Ky.) and Grand View (Iowa) ... Carroll (Mont.) leads all institutions with 57 all-time first-place rankings and is followed by former member Sioux Falls (S.D.) (55), Georgetown (Ky.) (25), Morningside and Saint Xavier (Ill.) (14) ... With the streak of Saint Francis (Ind.) snapped on Oct. 13 at 186-straight Top 25 rankings, Carroll now owns the active lead with 177, Missouri Valley with 112, Morningside with 95 and Saint Xavier with 85 ... Morningside holds the longest streak of top 10 rankings, having been ranked among the top 10 teams for 44-straight polls dating back to Sept. 19, 2011 ... Overall, 34 teams have been ranked in 2014 ... On Oct. 6, No. 15 Valley City State (N.D.) became the first team from the North Star Athletic Association to crack the Top 25 ... Carroll, Faulkner (Ala.), Grand View and Morningside have been ranked among the top-10 in every edition this season ... The Association of Independent Institutions and The Sun Conference are the only leagues not to have a team ranked at some point in the Top 25 this season.

Baker will next take on Central Methodist this Saturday, Nov. 7 at 1 p.m. in Fayette, Mo.

For a look at the entire Top 25 poll, please click here.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Mon, 03 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0600
Culver-Stockton Upsets No. 7 Baker, 38-24 http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10394-culver-stockton-upsets-no-7-baker-38-24 http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10394-culver-stockton-upsets-no-7-baker-38-24 Camren Torneden had a career day with 252 yards rushing for Baker

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – For the first time since 2006, the No. 7 ranked Baker University football team fell at the hands of Culver-Stockton, as they dropped its home game, 38-24, on Saturday inside Liston Stadium.

Culver-Stockton last lost to Baker, 20-17, in overtime in 2006. With the loss, Baker falls to 7-2 overall and 5-2 in the HAAC, while CSC improved to 4-5 and 2-5 in the conference.

Despite accumulating 445 yards of offense and 252 yards rushing by Camren Torneden and three touchdowns, the Wildcats lost its first home regular season game since 2012 when they fell to Missouri Valley, 31-17.

Baker went up 7-0 on its first drive when Torneden ran in a 21-yard touchdown. Will Kone then caught a Chris Swingle pass for 26-yards to tie up the game.

Torneden again scored on a 61-yard run to put the 'Cats up 14-7. But then CSC scored 21 unanswered points to go up 28-14 at halftime. And Baker never got any closer than 10 points the rest of the day.

Turnovers plagued the Wildcats as well, as Baker lost three fumbles with Jake Heller, Adam Lomenick and Adonis Powell coughing up the ball. Lomenick and Heller each threw an interception as well.

Swingle had a fine day for Culver-Stockton with his 23-of-36 performance and four touchdowns and Kone had three receiving TD's.

Baker will next hit the road on Saturday, Nov. 8 to face Central Methodist at 1 p.m.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Sat, 01 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500
No. 7 Baker Returns Home for Black Out Game http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10393-no-7-baker-returns-home-for-black-out-game http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10393-no-7-baker-returns-home-for-black-out-game Ladai Shawn Boose leads the Wildcats in receptions and receiving yards this season

GAME NOTES

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – After being away from Liston Stadium for 35 days, the No. 7 ranked Baker University football team returns home to take on HAAC opponent Culver-Stockton College on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. in the annual 'Black Out' Liston Stadium game.

Baker began the year a perfect 7-0 and 5-0 in the HAAC for the best start in head coach Mike Grossner's 11-year tenure at Baker, but that perfect run ended last week on Saturday, Oct. 25 at No. 20 MNU in the NAIA Game of the Week.

The Pioneers defeated Baker, 34-27, last week in overtime and puts Baker, Missouri Valley and MNU in a tie for first place in the HAAC standings at 5-1.

Culver-Stockton enters Saturday with a record of 3-5 and 1-5 in the HAAC and hasn't defeated the Baker Wildcats since 2006, as BU has defeated CSC seven-straight times including a 39-0 road win last season.

Freshman Logan Brettell has emerged as the Wildcats starting quarterback in the last two week's. He had a break out game on the ground against MNU running 18 times for 125 yards and two touchdowns against the Pioneers and he threw for 202 yards in the 45-3 win at Avila on Oct. 18.

Camren Torneden and Adonis Powell have been consistent threats in the running game for Baker as well, as Torneden leads the team with 466 yards rushing, while Powell has the team lead in rushing touchdowns with four.

Leading the team receiving has been first year wideout Ladai Shawn Boose with his team leading 28 catches, 439 yards receiving and four touchdowns.

Mike Stevenson and Duane Sims have been terrific in the secondary for Baker, as both have combined for eight interceptions. Stevenson has a team high five and Sims has three.

Andre Jolly has continued to play up to his 2012 All-American status leading the team with 6.5 sacks and Josh Kock has been stellar in the middle of the defensive line with 4.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss he is tied for the team lead in that category with Jolly and Tucker Pauley.

For fans that can't make it out to Liston Stadium, you can watch the game at www.bakerwildcats.com on a live video stream and live stats broadcast.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Baker Mourns the Loss of Football Player Sione Maumau http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10392-baker-mourns-the-loss-of-football-player-sione-maumau http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10392-baker-mourns-the-loss-of-football-player-sione-maumau Baker Mourns the Loss of Football Player Sione Maumau

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University athletic department is mourning the loss of sophomore football player Sione Maumau who passed away suddenly on Wednesday evening on the Baldwin City campus.

Maumau was a defensive lineman for the No. 7 ranked Wildcat football team and hailed from Highlands Ranch, Colo. He was the son of Viliami and Michele Maumau.

"Sione was a charismatic, well beloved student-athlete," said Baker Director of Athletics Theresa Yetmar. "He spent his time involved in numerous activities including football, speech choir, and acting as a resident assistant. Some may also remember his smiling, welcoming face at the gate for our volleyball and basketball games. I know that's how I will always remember him."

Baker University will next take on Culver-Stockton this Saturday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. inside Liston Stadium for the annual 'Black Out' game.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Baker Falls to No. 7 in NAIA Poll http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10373-baker-falls-to-no-7-in-naia-poll http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10373-baker-falls-to-no-7-in-naia-poll Josh Kock is amongst the Baker team leaders in tackles for loss with 10 this season

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – After suffering its first loss of the season, the Baker University football team fell five spots from No. 2 to No. 7 in this week's NAIA Coaches' Top 25 poll.

The Wildcats enter this week with a record of 7-1 and 5-1 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference after falling to then-No. 20 ranked MidAmerica Nazarene, 34-27, in overtime in the NAIA Game of the Week.

Three other HAAC schools are featured in this week's poll including No. 10 Missouri Valley, No. 14 MNU and No. 22 Benedictine.

Baker will host Culver-Stockton this Saturday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. inside Liston Stadium in the annual 'Black Out' Liston game. All fans are asked to wear black to the game.

Notes (all information dates back to 1999): Morningside (Iowa) is making its 15th all-time appearance at No. 1 ... The Mustangs have held the No. 1 ranking in 15 of the last 21 Coaches' Polls ... Three teams have held the No. 1 ranking since the 2013 Preseason Poll: Morningside (Iowa), Cumberlands (Ky.) and Grand View (Iowa) ... Carroll (Mont.) leads all institutions with 57 all-time first-place rankings and is followed by former member Sioux Falls (S.D.) (55), Georgetown (Ky.) (25), Morningside and Saint Xavier (Ill.) (14) ... With the streak of Saint Francis (Ind.) snapped on Oct. 13 at 186-straight Top 25 rankings, Carroll now owns the active lead with 176, Missouri Valley with 111, Morningside with 94 and Saint Xavier with 84 ... Morningside holds the longest streak of top 10 rankings, having been ranked among the top 10 teams for 43-straight polls dating back to Sept. 19, 2011 ... Overall, 34 teams have been ranked in 2014 ... No. 25 Friends is making its first appearance since Sept. 15, 2014 ... On Oct. 6, No. 17 Valley City State (N.D.) became the first team from the North Star Athletic Association to crack the Top 25 ... Baker (Kan.), Carroll, Faulkner (Ala.), Grand View and Morningside have been ranked among the top-10 in every edition this season ... The Association of Independent Institutions and The Sun Conference are the only leagues not to have a team ranked at some point in the Top 25 this season.

To view the entire poll, please click here.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500