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Baker Football Continues to Hold No. 2 Spot

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – Heading into Week 10 of the 2017 season, the Baker University football team again comes in ranked at No. 2 in the NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 poll, announced on Monday.

 

The 9-0 Wildcats are a perfect 3-0 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference and is coming off of a 49-0 shut out win over Central Methodist this past Saturday on Baker’s Senior Day.

 

The Wildcats are now a perfect 13-0 in the Heart South since the inception of the two divisions in the Heart in 2015.

 

Baker has now won 26-straight against a Heart of America Athletic Conference foe and is one of eight teams in the NAIA still with an undefeated record, the others are No. 1 St. Francis (9-0), No. 3 Reinhardt (7-0), No. 4 Morningside (9-0), No. 5 Lindsey Wilson (8-0), No. 7 Southern Oregon (8-0), No. 8 Langston (8-0) and No. 9 Georgetown (7-0).

 

Also ranked from the Heart this week includes No. 6 Grand View, No. 11 Benedictine and No. 25 Evangel, who is ranked for the first time this season.

 

No. 6 Grand View and No. 11 Benedictine meet this Saturday at November 4 at 1 p.m. in Atchison, Kansas.

 

The Baker defense has held its opponents to 17 points or less in its last three games, and in that stretch they have outscored its opponents, 154-31.

 

Baker features the No. 2 ranked scoring offense in the NAIA at 52.8 points per game and the No. 2 rusher in the country in JD Woods, who has 1,267 yards rushing this season. He earned Heart Offensive Player of the Week for the second time on Monday.

 

The Wildcats next take on rival Missouri Valley this Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Marshall, Missouri. Baker has won two-straight and three of the last four against the Vikings.

 

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999)
• Saint Francis has held the No. 1 ranking for 11-straight polls dating back to the 2016 postseason edition. Additionally, the top billing for the Cougars extends the streak of a Mid-States Football Association Mideast League (MSFAE) team holding the top-spot to 23-consecutive polls.
• Saint Francis kept its unbeaten season alive and extend its winning streak to 18-straight with a 70-0 victory over Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) last Saturday. The Cougars are 5-0 in the MSFAE and already own at least a share of the conference championship with only one game to play – Saturday against Taylor (Ind.). 
• There was no movement in the top 10 this week.
• No. 25 Evangel (Mo.) joins the Top 25 for the first time since September 29, 2014 (No. 25). The Crusaders, which are the only newcomer to the poll this week, have quietly gone 6-3 this season and are currently tied with No. 2 Baker (Kan.) for first-place in the Heart of America Athletic Conference South Division. Evangel travels to Avila (Mo.) on Saturday before hosting a potential conference regular-season title game against Baker on Nov. 11.
• Carroll (Mont.) owns the most No. 1 rankings with 58, followed by former NAIA member Sioux Falls (S.D.) (55), No. 9 Georgetown (25), No. 4 Morningside (Iowa) (20), No. 10 Saint Xavier (Ill.) (14) and Saint Francis (14).
• Morningside holds the longest active streak with 134-straight Top 25 mentions. Additionally, the Mustangs have been ranked within the top 10 in 83-straight polls.

 

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October 28, 2017

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No. 2 Baker Shuts Out Central Methodist, 49-0

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – The No. 2 ranked Baker University football team shined on Senior Day, as they shut out Central Methodist, 49-0, to move to a perfect 9-0 overall and 3-0 in the Heart Southern Division on Saturday.

 

This marks Baker’s 14th-straight win inside Liston Stadium and 26th-straight win over a Heart of America Athletic Conference opponent.

 

JD Woods had a record-breaking performance, as he broke Baker’s single game record for rushing in a game with his 313 yards on 28 attempts and four touchdowns.

 

He broke Kevin Alwine’s previous record of 306 yards rushing on 28 attempts against Missouri Valley back in 1985.

 

Marco Aguinaga got his first career start for the Wildcats at quarterback, as he went 31-of-37 for 233 yards and two touchdowns and he ran for 33 yards on seven carries.

 

This marks the Wildcats’ first shut out since September 5, 2015 at Culver-Stockton, when they shut out CSC, 58-0.

 

Baker’s defense was outstanding, as they allowed just 224 total yards of offense, as the Eagles ran for 128 yards and threw for 96 yards. Caleb Bedford went 12-of-39 and threw an interception to Aaron Hill.

 

Ryan Workman led Baker in tackles with seven and Landon Decker led the team in tackles for loss with 2.5, as a team BU had 10 tackles for loss.

 

10 different Wildcats caught a pass, with 10 coming from Nick Snider for 53-yards, Clarence Clark had a strong Senior Day with his six catches for 53 yards and a score and he connected on all seven on his PAT’s.

 

Tywonn Moss also had three catches for 30 yards and the first TD of the game. Woods ran in TD’s of 54-yards, 13-yards, 10-yards and 80-yards. Ronald Allen scored the final TD of the game from 11-yards out with 12:06 to go in the game.

 

The Wildcats improve to 32-14 all-time against CMU and have now won 11-straight against the Eagles.

 

Offensively, the Wildcats ran for 398 yards and threw for 233, accumulating 631 total yards.

 

BU allowed just 14 first downs and CMU punted eight times. Baker converted 31 first downs on the offensive side.

 

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October 26, 2017

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No. 2 BU Hosts CMU on Senior Day

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – The No. 2 ranked Baker University football team will honor its senior class this Saturday, October 28 on Senior Day prior to the 1 p.m. kick off against Central Methodist inside Liston Stadium.

 

The 8-0 Wildcats are also a perfect 2-0 in the Heart Southern Division and play host to a 1-7 and 0-2 Central Methodist squad.

 

Baker has won 10-straight against the Eagles and have won 13-straight games inside Liston Stadium dating back to 2015.

 

Since the inception of the Heart Southern and Northern Divisions, Baker is 12-0 in Heart South contests and have won 25-straight games against a Heart opponent overall.

 

This senior class will go down as one of the best in program history, as they have posted a 41-6 record overall, earned Heart Championships in 2015, 2016, appeared in the NAIA-FCS Playoffs each of those seasons and finished as the NAIA National Runner-up in 2016.

 

CMU began 2017 with a 31-0 home win over Culver-Stockton on Aug. 26, but have lost seven-straight from that point.

 

Darrius Henton leads the Eagle defense with 9.3 tackles per game, which ranks No. 16 nationally.

 

Quarterback Caleb Bedford has thrown for 1,366 yards this season and has six different receivers with over 100 yards receiving this season.

 

Baker continues to rank near the top in the NAIA in several categories, including the No. 3 ranked scoring offense, as they have accumulated 426 points, averaging 53.3 points per game. Since 2016, Baker has scored more than 30 points in 22 of its 23 games.

 

JD Woods and Clarence Clark continue to rack up scoring numbers, as Woods and Clark have each scored 114 points this season, both ranking No. 2 in the NAIA.

 

On special teams, Nate McLaurin is climbing up the national ranks. He is ranked No. 2 in the country in total punt return yards with 182.

 

Defensively he is No. 4 in the NAIA in passes defended per game at two. He also leads Baker in interceptions with four.

 

Baker has 11 interceptions on defense this season with three pick-six’s, two from McLaurin and one from Grant Elston.

 

Baker also has two fumble recoveries for TD’s this season, coming from Josh Kock and Indie Allen.

 

BU leads the all-time series against the Eagles, 31-14, and hasn’t lost to CMU since 2006. They haven’t lost in Baldwin City to Central Methodist since 2005.

 

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October 23, 2017

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Baker Still Ranked No. 2 in Top 25 Poll

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – After its 16th-straight win over Avila University on Saturday, the Baker University football team hung onto its No. 2 ranking in this week’s NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 poll.

 

Baker defeated Avila, 57-17, on Saturday for its 25th-straight win against a Heart of America Athletic Conference foe and moves to a perfect 8-0 overall and 2-0 in the Heart South.

 

Since the inception of the Heart Northern and Southern Divisions in 2015, Baker is 12-0 in Heart South play.

 

Also ranked from the Heart this week includes No. 6 Grand View and No. 12 Benedictine.

 

Baker is now one of nine teams still undefeated in the NAIA, the others include No. 1 St. Francis (Ind.), Reinhardt (Ga.), Morningside (Iowa), Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), Southern Oregon, Langston (Okla.), Georgetown (Ky.) and Campbellsville (Ky.).

 

The Wildcats will next host Central Methodist on Saturday, October 28 at 1 p.m. for Senior Day inside Liston Stadium.

 

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999)
• Saint Francis boasts the No. 1 ranking for the 13th time in program history, which is the sixth-most top billings dating back to 1999.
• The Cougars improved to 8-0 on the season and extended their winning streak to 17-straight games with a 56-23 victory over Missouri Baptist. Saint Francis rests atop the Mid-States Football Association Mideast standings at 4-0 with two games remaining on its regular-season schedule
• Saint Francis hosts Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) on Saturday
• There was no movement in the top 12 this week. 
• No. 25 Dakota State (S.D.) is the lone newcomer this edition. The Trojans are 6-2 on the season and have a key showdown with No. 15 Dickinson State (N.D.) on Saturday. Prior to today, Dakota State was most recently ranked on October 24, 2016. 
• Carroll (Mont.) owns the most No. 1 rankings with 58, followed by former NAIA member Sioux Falls (S.D.) (55), No. 9 Georgetown (25), No. 4 Morningside (Iowa) (20), No. 10 Saint Xavier (Ill.) (14) and Saint Francis (13).
• Morningside holds the longest active streak with 133-straight Top 25 mentions. Additionally, the Mustangs have been ranked within the top 10 in 82-straight polls.

 

To view the entire Top 25 poll, please click here.

 

 

 

 

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October 21, 2017

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No. 2 Baker Stays Perfect Against Avila

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – The No. 2 ranked Baker University football team kept its perfect record in tact against Avila on Saturday, as the Wildcats defeated the Eagles, 57-17, to move to 8-0 on the year.

 

The Wildcats are now 16-0 all-time against Avila and improves to 2-0 in Heart South Division play. Since the inception of the Heart Southern and Northern Divisions in 2015, Baker is 12-0. The ‘Cats have now won 25-straight games against a Heart opponent.

 

Baker scored the first three touchdowns of the game, all in the first quarter, as running back JD Woods ran TD’s in from 5 and 1 yards and Nate McLaurin scored his first of two pick-six’s. He took his first pick six 24-yards for a TD, then ran one in from 67-yards in the third quarter.

 

Baker led 21-10 at halftime after a Landen Nealy 30-yard field goal and a Spenser Lewis 5-yard TD run.

 

Woods then ran his third and fourth TD’s in from 3 and 31 yards to give Baker the 35-10 lead right after halftime.

 

Trenton Thornton scored on a 9-yard run to bring the score to 42-17, before Woods scored his 5th rushing TD with 11:39 remaining and Ronald Allen scored a 1-yard TD with 4:44 to go in the game to give Baker the final score of 55-17.

 

Woods had a career day rushing, as he ran 23 times for 186 yards and a career-high five touchdowns.

 

Logan Brettell led Baker with his 13-of-20 day for 166 yards passing and he ran for 34 yards.

 

Baker accumulated 590 total yards of offense while allowing just 235. Avila ran for 39 yards and passed for 196.

 

Nate McLaurin also had a big day for the Baker defense with four tackles and two interceptions for touchdowns.

 

Clarence Clark was a perfect 7-of-7 on PAT’s and he led the receiving corps with six catches for 83 yards. Nick Snider had five catches for 64 yards.

 

Josh Kock tied for the team lead for Baker with nine total tackles, tying teammate Kegan Schumann. Indie Allen and Jake Zieler each had a sack apiece.

 

The Wildcats return home on Saturday, October 28 for Senior Day, as they face Central Methodist at 1 p.m. inside Liston Stadium.

 

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