TO HONOR WORLD AIDS DAY, AUTHOR MOLLY KRAUSE RELEASES MEMOIR FEATURING THE STORY OF LOSING HER GAY FATHER TO AIDS.

Without sustained commitment to treating and curing the epidemic of our time, more people in our country and throughout the world will die.

November 30, 2017 Lawrence, Kansas U.S.A.

 

Lawrence author Molly Krause will be hosting a public event to celebrate the debut of her memoir, Float On. (Available on Amazonand wherever books are sold.) The author will speak and sign her books at Van-Go, Friday, December 1, 7 p.m.

December 1, 2017, marks the 29th World AIDS Day whose purpose is to raise awareness of the epidemic and to mourn those who have died. Despite progress in slowing the spread and progression of the disease among certain populations and locations, experts warn that we must not become complacent. More than 1.1 million people in the U.S. live with HIV, and 1 in 7 don’t know it. (https://www.hiv.gov/hiv-basics/overview/data-and-trends/statistics) Globally, over 36 million live with HIV with 30% not knowing their status. (https://www.avert.org/global-hiv-and- aids-statistics) In the U.S., black and Hispanic gay men ages 13-24 have seen a 22% and 25% rise in infections in recent years. ( https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/group/msm/index.html) President Trump has proposed cutting back medical assistance to HIV infected persons who receive assistance from Medicaid, Medicare, and the AIDS Drug Assistance Program. (http://adapadvocacyassociation.blogspot.com/2017/05/trumps-proposed-federal-budget- puts.html) as well as international assistance. (http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/03/29/trump- and-pence-want-to-slash-350-million-from-hivaids-prevention-budgets/)

Though the statistics on the HIV/AIDS epidemic are important to understand, personal stories told by talented writers can touch our hearts. Debuting on World Aids Day, Molly Krause’s memoir Float On explores her complex early life shared with two sisters—the oldest biological, the other an adopted African-American baby. A mother left to raise the three young girls when the father revealed he was gay and moved across the country. Struggles in the family with mental illness and substance abuse. And despite separation through divorce, a coming together of the family to help the father during his illness and death from HIV/AIDS.

Says Krause, “Though my father died in 1996, the story of his illness is still relevant today. When I read stories about spikes in HIV infections among different groups like the small town of Austin, Indiana that has seen an increase in infections due to use of contaminated needles or the rising numbers among young gay men of color, I realize it is more important than ever that we increase awareness of the disease. Hopefully sharing my family’s story can shine a spotlight on the reality of living with and dying from AIDS.”

Float On has received advanced praise:

Rachel DeWoskin, author of Bling, Big Girl Small, Repeat After Me, and Foreign Babes in Bejing:

 

“In her memoir Float On, Molly Krause gives us a kaleidoscopic view of family life: the episodic atmosphere of childhood, adolescences’ exquisite and excruciating transformations, and the very real joys and tragedies that turn un into fully-rendered adults. She writes with clarity and dignity as her father comes out to the family as gay, as her mother drinks and gives up drinking, as Molly herself comes of age, falls in love, and struggles with her sisters and their parents to keep their family intact, even after they lose their father. From Topeka, Kansas to New York City, from dance rehearsals to family therapy sessions, Krause guides readers the way good memoirists must, by rendering with nuance and complexity a story full of the kinds of love and truth that matter for us all.”

 

In addition to Float On, Molly Krause is the author of the novel Joy Again and the cookbook The Cook’s Book of Intense Flavors. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications including Brain, Child, Ragazine, and Front Page Review. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas with her husband and two daughters. When not hunched over a laptop writing, walking the border collies Lucy and Desi, or chasing down her teenage daughters, attending adult ballet class in the highlight of her week.

 

Promotional electronic copies of Float On are available by contacting Krause’s representative at Flint Hills Publishing: thearr@cox.net.

 

Krause is available for interviews. Contact her at mmk1213@gmail.com 785.218.4956

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Men’s Basketball Continues Winning Streak with Win over Avila

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – The Baker University men’s basketball team kept its winning streak alive on Wednesday night, as they defeated Avila University, 85-65, to move to a perfect 6-0 on the season and opened Heart of America Athletic Conference play with a win.

 

Avila falls to 6-2 overall and 0-1, as they too played in its Heart opener on Wednesday night.

 

This marks the Wildcats’ best start since 2006-07 when they began that season, 5-0, under former head coach Rick Weaver.

 

Baker shot 35-of-65 from the field, good for 53.8-percent and went 7-of-12 from three-point range on 7-of-12.

 

They were also nearly perfect from the free-throw line on 8-of-9 shooting and threw down six dunks.

 

The Wildcats were also all over the boards, outrebounding the Eagles, 37-22, and recorded an assist on 17 of their 35 field goals.

 

The Baker defense forced 13 turnovers and held the Eagles to just 39.7-percent from the field.

 

Nathan Guscott led the team in scoring with 18 points and Brett Elifritz added 17, Vandy Hopson scored 14 and Stephen Edwards scored 13.

 

Tyree Peter led the ‘Cats in rebounding with eight on the night and Guscott supplied the squad with six, he also led the team in assists with six.

 

11 different Wildcats scored on the night and they grabbed 12 offensive rebounds, with five from Peter.

 

The ‘Cats will next hit the road on Saturday to face Culver-Stockton at 4 p.m. in Canton, Missouri.

 

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No. 10 Baker Opens Heart Play with 68-61 Win over Avila

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – The No. 10 ranked Baker University women’s basketball team opened up Heart of America Athletic Conference play with a 68-61 win over Avila University on Wednesday night inside the Collins Center.

 

The Wildcats move to 7-2 overall and 1-0 in the Heart, while Avila falls to 1-4 and 0-1.

 

Courtney Hoag had a big night in the paint for the ‘Cats with eight points and eight blocks, along with eight rebounds.

 

Jodi Adkins led Baker in scoring with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and Caitlin Modesett had a team-high four assists.

 

Also in double figures was Jessica Zweifel with her 15 points and she was a perfect 8-of-8 from the free-throw line and she hit a late three-point field goal with a minute to go in the game to ice the contest for BU.

 

Avila led 11-10 at the end of the first quarter, then Baker responded with a 26-12 second quarter.

 

After the break, Avila put together another strong effort in the third, outscoring BU, 21-15, before a 17-17 fourth quarter.

 

Defensively, Baker caused 13 turnovers and held the Eagles to just 36.5-percent shooting and 4-of-19 from three-point range, good for just 21.1-percent.

 

The Wildcats went 14-of-17 from the free-throw line and outrebounded Avila, 31-30. Eight of those were offensive rebounds for Baker, with four coming from Hoag.

 

The ‘Cats will next hit the road on Saturday to face Culver-Stockton at 2 p.m. in Canton, Missouri.

 

 

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No. 12 Columbia (Mo.) Upsets No. 5 Baker, 1-0, in NAIA Second Round

 

DELRAY BEACH, Florida – The No. 12 seeded Columbia College men’s soccer team upset No. 5 Baker, 1-0, in the Second Round of the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship at Seacrest Soccer Complex on Monday afternoon.

 

The Wildcats end their 2017 campaign with a record of 16-5-2, while Columbia moves onto the National Quarterfinals and will face Wayland Baptist (Texas) on Wednesday at 10 am CST.

 

The Cougars attempted 19 shots on the day with six on goal, while Baker attempted seven with two on goal.

 

Joe Houlihan led the way with three shots, while Joah Hickel and Blake Levine took the two shots on goal.

 

Alberto Ciroi ended the match with five saves, while Nicolau Neto had two saves in the shutout victory.

 

The lone goal came from Aaron Noel in the 54th minute, as he received a free kick from Pere Adrian Servera just outside the box and sent it past Ciroi.

 

Columbia also defeated the Wildcats in the NAIA Second Round in the 2015 NAIA National Championship in Delray Beach, Florida.

 

This marked Baker’s 10th appearance in the NAIA National Championship tournament and is now 6-9-1 all-time at the event.

 

The Cougars improve to 19-2-2 on the season and advance to its second-ever National Quarterfinals.

 

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No. 12 Georgetown Ends No. 6 Baker’s 2017 Season

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – The No. 6 ranked Baker University football team ended its 2017 season on Saturday in a 36-33 loss against No. 12 Georgetown (Ky.) snapping Baker’s 14-game home winning streak.

 

The Wildcats end the year, 10-2, while Georgetown improves to 9-1 overall and will play in the NAIA Football Championship Series Quarterfinals next Saturday, Nov. 25.

 

This marked Baker’s fifth appearance in the NAIA-FCS in the past six years and 16th overall appearance.

 

The Georgetown offense held Baker to 282 yards of offense, its lowest of the season, while the Tigers accumulated 354 yards.

 

2017 Heart South Offensive Player of the Year JD Woods began the game with a bang, as he took a Logan Brettell pass 83-yards on the first play from scrimmage to give Baker the 7-0 lead.

 

Then Clarence Clark nailed a 38-yard field goal to give BU the early 10-0 lead. NAIA-FCS Offensive Player of the Game Daric Pugh then scored on a 20-yard TD with 7:39 to go to give the ‘Cats a 10-7 lead.

 

Quarterback Riley Hall then ran a 1-yard TD in for a score with 6:09 to play in the first half to give GC its first lead at 14-10.

 

Clark knocked in another field goal from 36-yards out and Abram Garcia followed that up with a 43-yard field goal to give BU the lead back with 11:32 to go in the second quarter.

 

On Baker’s next possession 2017 Heart First Team All-Southern Division QB Brettell threw a pick-six to Gernell Jenkins and he took it 15-yards for the score to give the Tigers a 20-16 lead, as Nate McLaurin blocked the PAT.

 

Woods then ran a TD 20-yards to give the ‘Cats a 23-20 lead and Garcia nailed his second field goal of the day from 35-yards out to give Baker the 26-20 lead at halftime.

 

In the first possession of the second half, Georgetown pieced together a strong drive and Bart Bell received a pass from Hall from 17-yards out and skirted into the end zone to give the Tigers a 27-26 lead.

 

With 6:23 to go in the third quarter, McLaurin blocked his second kick of the game, this time a field goal and Grant Elston took it the distance for a 79-yard TD to give the ‘Cats a 33-27 lead.

 

But the Tigers would score the final nine points of the game on a Kyle Longworth 8-yard TD run and a safety to capture the 36-33 victory.

 

This marked the first time these two teams had ever met in the history of their storied programs.

 

Brettell started for the ‘Cats at QB for the first time since Oct. 21 and went 8-of-19 for 142 yards and a TD. He will go down as arguably the greatest quarterback in the history of the program. As he holds school records in nearly every major offensive category.

 

Clarence Clark ends his illustrious career as the NAIA’s all-time leading scorer and the Wildcats’ top wide receiver in the history of the Wildcat football program.

 

Clark had four catches for 50 yards on Saturday and earned First Team All-Conference in all four years as a Wildcat.

 

Pugh finished the game with 30 carries and 172 yards to lead the way for the Tigers and Hall threw for just 69 yards on 8-of-25 passing.

 

Indie Allen led all players on the field with 10 tackles and Hayden Jenkins picked off the third pass of his BU career.

 

Three-time defending Heart South Co-Defensive Player of the Year Josh Kock ends his career with 27 career sacks.

 

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No. 5 Baker Advances to NAIA Final Site with 2-1 Win over Grace (Ind.)

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – The No. 5 ranked Baker University men’s soccer team competed in its fifth-straight NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round match and defeated Grace (Ind.) 2-1 to advance to the final site of the National Championship.

 

The Wildcats improve to 16-4-2 on the year, while the Lancers end its season at 12-5-4.

 

The Wildcats will now face No. 12 ranked Columbia College on Monday, Nov. 27 at 12:30 p.m. CST/1:30 p.m. EST in Delray Beach, Florida. The Cougars are 18-2-2 on the year.

 

These two squads last met in this round in 2015 in Delray Beach, Florida with the Cougars winning, 2-0, on November 30, 2015.

 

This marks the third time in the last five years Baker has advanced to the NAIA Final Site, the others came in 2013 and 2015 in that span.

 

Joseph Houlihan scored first for Baker in the 27th minute, as Joah Hickel placed a perfect ball in front of the box and Houlihan popped it up past keeper Kurt Hamlin.

 

Then Steeve Pouna was tackled inside the box and the Lancers were called for the foul, sending Blake Levine in for a penalty kick.

 

Levine delivered and gave Baker the 2-0 lead. Levine and Houlihan are now tied for the team lead in goals scored with 10.

 

Grace cut into the Baker lead in the 74th minute, as Breno Oliveira was true on his penalty kick past keeper Nick Riggle for the goal.

 

Alberto Ciroi played the first 64 minutes in goal for the ‘Cats, then Riggle finished off the final 26 minutes.

 

BU outshot the Lancers, 14-11, and attempted six shots on goal, while Grace had four. Riggle finished with two saves, while Ciroi had one.

 

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No. 6 Baker to Host No. 12 Georgetown (Ky.) in NAIA-FCS First Round

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – The No. 6 ranked Baker University football team will host No. 12 Georgetown (Ky.) this Saturday, Nov. 18 at 1:07 p.m. inside historic Liston Stadium in the First Round of the NAIA Football Championship series.

 

The game will be broadcast worldwide on the ESPN App/ESPN 3 and locally on KSMO-TV. Fans can watch the game live, by clicking here.

 

The 10-1 Wildcats and 8-1 Tigers will meet for the first time ever. The match up is between two of the winningest programs in NAIA football history, as Baker is No. 2 all-time in wins with 599, while Georgetown is No. 7 with 510 wins.

 

This marks the 21st appearance in the NAIA-FCS for Georgetown, which is the most of any team competing in the Playoffs this season, while Baker is competing in its 16th.

 

Georgetown has appeared in five NAIA National Championship games, winning three, in 1991, 2000 and 2001 and finished as the NAIA National Runner-up in 1999 and 2002.

 

BU has played in two NAIA National title games (1986, 2016) and is in search of its first crown.

 

The Tigers only loss the season came at No. 4 Lindsey Wilson on Saturday, Nov. 4 on the road, 37-14.

 

Baker’s only loss came on the same day, at Missouri Valley, 27-22. BU was able to move past that loss and defeat No. 23 Evangel last week, 26-6, to capture its third-straight Heart South Division Championship.

 

Georgetown brings with them from Georgetown, Kentucky the No. 3 ranked rushing defense in the country, as they allow just 78.3 rushing yards per game.

 

They has also allowed just 141 first downs on defense, which ranks No. 3 and they have allowed just 286.1 total yards per game, ranking No. 6.

 

Kishawn Walker leads the Tigers in interceptions with five and Jordan Nicoll is the team leader in tackles with 65.

 

Dustin Haraway leads GC in tackles for loss with 10.5 and has 5.5 sacks. The Tiger defense has picked off 12 passes.

 

Offensively, the Tigers are led by Riley Hall who has thrown for 1,618 yards and 12 TD’s, while Daric Pugh is the teams leading rusher with 641 yards and 11 TD’s, he averages 5.9 yards per carry.

 

The ‘Cats feature one of the premier offenses in the NAIA and have done so the past four seasons.

 

Leading the way in that group is senior wide receiver Clarence Clark and freshman JD Woods.

 

Clark is the NAIA’s all-time leading scorer and has three seasons of 1,000 yards receiving or more in his four seasons with the ‘Cats.

 

This season he has 58 catches for 1,085 yards and 10 TD’s. He is Baker’s all-time leader in receptions with 243, yards with 4,130 and receiving TD’s with 44.

 

Woods is No. 1 in the NAIA in total scoring this season with 150 points and is the nations No. 2 leading rusher with 1,592 yards.

 

His 24 rushing TD’s this season are tied with teammate Cornell Brown for the most in a single season in Baker history.

 

Woods broke Baker’s all-time record for most rushing yards in a game with 313 yards against CMU on Oct. 28.

 

Defensively, Baker has accumulated 32 sacks, which ranks No. 7 in the country and allows just 112.1 rushing yards per game which in No. 13 in the NAIA.

 

The ‘Cats allow just 21.1 points per game, ranking No. 19 in the country. Indie Allen leads the Wildcats in tackles with 103 and Josh Kock ranks No. 7 in sacks with seven and has 29 in his career.

 

Nate McLaurin leads Baker in interceptions with five and safety Grant Elston is right behind him for the team lead in picks with four.

 

Reigning Heart Special Teams Player of the Week Abram Garcia, leads the kicking game with eight field goals made this season and he nailed four field goals in the win over Evangel last week.

 

Clark splits the kicking with Garcia, as he has successfully made seven field goals this season. Elijah Gastelum has punted all 55 of Baker’s punts this season for an average of 36.5.

This year’s field includes 12 automatic qualifiers – one from each conference – and four at-large selections. Automatic berths were given to teams that won their conference regular-season title and were ranked within the top 20 of the final regular-season NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll announced Sunday.

At-large bids were given to the next highest ranked teams that did not claim an automatic spot.

The 62nd annual NAIA Football National Championship is scheduled for Saturday, December 16 at 6 p.m. EST in Daytona Beach, Fla.

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No. 5 Baker to Host Grace (Ind.) in NAIA Opening Round

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – For the fifth-straight season, the Baker University men’s soccer program has qualified for the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round, as they will host Grace College (Ind.) on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. inside Liston Stadium.

 

The Wildcats finished the 2017 regular season and Heart postseason, 15-4-2, and qualified after becoming Co-Regular Season Champions and Conference Tournament Runner-up.

 

The Lancers qualified for the NAIA National Championship after upsetting No. 21 ranked Spring Arbor in the Crossroads League Conference Tournament Championship, 4-3, in overtime on Nov. 11. They come in with a record of 12-4-4 overall.

 

This marks Baker’s 10th all-time appearance in the NAIA National Championship, while this is the Lancers first time in the event.

 

Baker features a team with seven Heart of America Athletic Conference All-Conference award winners, including the Heart Freshman of the Year, Alberto Ciroi.

 

The ‘Cats have nine shut outs this season and have outscored its opponents, 47-22. Ciroi has only surrendered 14 goals this season and ranks No. 14 in the NAIA in goals against average at .780.

 

Blake Levine continues to rank near the top of the NAIA in assists with 14, as that ranks No. 4 nationally.

 

Levine and Joseph Houlihan are tied for the team lead in goals with nine and 10 different Wildcats have at least two goals scored this season.

 

The Grace defense has seven shut outs in 2017 and keeper Kurt Hamlin ranks No. 26 in the NAIA in saves with 95.

 

Offensively, Grace has 36 goals scored with seven coming from Damon Binkley. Seven different Lancers have scored two or more goals this season.

 

The winner of Saturday’s game will qualify for the NAIA Men’s Soccer Final site in Delray Beach, Florida.

 

They will take on either No. 12 Columbia or Northwestern Ohio on Monday, Nov. 27 at Seacrest Soccer Complex.

 

Also in the tournament from the Heart of America Athletic Conference includes No. 3 Missouri Valley and No. 13 MNU.

 

Missouri Valley hosts Olivet Nazarene and the Pioneers will host Wayland Baptist.

 

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No. 6 Baker to Host No. 12 Georgetown (Ky.) in NAIA-FCS First Round

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – The No. 6 ranked Baker University football team has qualified for the NAIA Football Championship Series for the fifth time in the past six seasons, as the NAIA announced the 16 teams that will be competing in the 2017 NAIA-FCS Playoffs on Sunday.

 

Baker will host No. 12 Georgetown (Ky.) next Saturday, Nov. 18 at 1:07 p.m. inside Liston Stadium in a game that will be produced by Niles Media and will be broadcast worldwide on the ESPN App/ESPN 3 and locally on KSMO-TV.

 

This year’s field includes 12 automatic qualifiers – one from each conference – and four at-large selections. Automatic berths were given to teams that won their conference regular-season title and were ranked within the top 20 of the final regular-season NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll announced Sunday.

 

This will be the first-ever match up between Baker and Georgetown on the gridiron. The Wildcats are 10-1 and captured the 2017 Heart South Division Championship for the third-straight season this past Saturday in a 26-6 win at No. 23 ranked Evangel

 

Georgetown is 8-1 this season and went 5-1 in the Mid-South Conference, their only loss came at No. 4 Lindsey Wilson on Nov. 4, 37-14.

 

The Tigers feature the No. 8 ranked scoring defense in the country, as they allow just 18.1 points per game.

 

They also rank No. 6 in the NAIA in yards allowed per game at 286.1. Offensively Georgetown College is No. 22 in the NAIA in scoring, averaging 36.2 points per game.

 

Kishawn Walker leads the defense with five interceptions, ranking No. 9 in the NAIA in that category.

 

Quarterback Riley Hall leads the Tigers in passing with 1,618 yards and 12 TD passes with four interceptions. He has also rushed for five TD’s.

 

The Tigers are plus three in the turnover margin and this marks their 21st appearance in the NAIA-FCS and are 24-17 in the playoffs all-time. Their 21st appearance is more than any other team competing in the 2017 NAIA-FCS.

 

This is Baker’s 16th appearance in the NAIA-FCS, as they have a 16-15 record and have appeared in five of the last six ( 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017) including a trip all the way to the 2016 NAIA-FCS National Championship game.

 

The Wildcat offense is No. 2 in the NAIA in passing yards with 3,587 and is No. 3 in the NAIA in scoring with 523 points, good for 47.5 per game.

 

JD Woods still ranks No. 1 in total scoring with 150 points and is the nations second leading rusher with 1,592 yards.

 

Nate McLaurin now has five interceptions on the season and ranks No. 3 in the NAIA in pass deflected per game at 1.9.

 

Clarence Clark has now eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the third-straight season, as he now has 1,085 yards this season with 58 receptions and 10 touchdowns.

 

In five games this season at QB, Marco Aguinaga has thrown for 891 yards on 90-of-134 passing and four TD’s with just one pick.

 

Indie Allen has now eclipsed the 100-tackle mark in 11 games, as he has 103 tackles, with 12 tackles for loss and four sacks. Two-time defending Heart South Co-Defensive Player of the Year Josh Kock, leads Baker in sacks with seven.

 

2017 NAIA Football Championship Series – First Round Schedule
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Game 1 – Benedictine (Kan.) (9-2) at Saint Francis (Ind.) (10-0)
Game 2 – Concordia (Mich.) (9-1) at Reinhardt (Ga.) (9-0)
Game 3 – Sterling (Kan.) (9-2) at Morningside (Iowa) (11-0)
Game 4 – Southeastern (Fla.) (8-1) at Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (10-0)
Game 5 – Dickinson State (N.D.) (9-1) at Southern Oregon (10-0)
Game 6 – Georgetown (Ky.) (8-1) at Baker (Kan.) (10-1)
Game 7 – Northwestern (Iowa) (9-1) at Langston (Okla.) (10-0)
Game 8 – Grand View (Iowa) (9-2) at Saint Xavier (Ill.) (9-1)

 

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No. 7 Baker Claims Third Heart-South Division Title with 26-6 Win over No. 23 Evangel

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The No. 7 ranked Baker University football team won their third straight Heart of America Athletic Conference South Division title, defeating No. 23 Evangel on Saturday afternoon in Springfield, Missouri by a final of 26-6.

The ‘Cats now improve 10-1 overall and 4-1 in the Heart Southern Division, while Evangel stands at 7-4 overall and 4-1 in Heart south division play.

Baker jumped out to an early lead as stand out freshman running back JD Woods rushed for a 31-yard touchdown to give the ‘Cats a 7-0 lead just one minute and 47 seconds into the game.

In the second quarter, Abram Garcia converted on field goal attempts of 40, 39, and 38 yards to give Baker a 16-0 halftime lead.

Evangel’s Derek Roberts cut the Baker lead to 10 points in the third quarter when he converted two field goal kicks of 34 and 31 yards. After Roberts’ second made field goal, Baker held a 16-6 lead with 7:50 remaining in the third quarter.

39 seconds later Baker responded when freshman quarterback Marco Aguinaga found Clarence Clark for a 60-yard touchdown pass to push the Baker lead to 23-6.

Garcia added the final touches on the game when gave Baker a 26-6 lead, converting his fourth field goal attempt on the afternoon from 22 yards out with 13:00 remaining in the fourth quarter.

The Baker offense recorded 465 yards of total offense on the afternoon, with 206 yards rushing, and 259 yards passing.

JD Woods led rushing attack with 111 yards on 13 attempts, while Nate Pauly was close behind with 99 rushing yards on 13 attempts.

Clarence Clark recorded 120 yards receiving on nine receptions and a touchdown, while quarterback Marco Aguinaga went 26 of 38 with 259 yards passing and a touchdown.

On the defensive side Landon Decker recorded two sacks, and both Grant Elston and Nate McLaurin grabbed an interception each.

The Wildcats have now earned a berth into the NAIA-FCS Playoffs for the fifth time in six years and will see who they play next Saturday in the First Round on the NAIA Selection Show this Sunday at 4 p.m.

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