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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.

The City of Daytona Beach hosts the event at Municipal Stadium for the fourth-straight season. For fan and visitor information, click here.

 

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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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No. 7 Baker to Battle No. 23 Evangel for Heart South Crown

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – The No. 7 ranked Baker University football team will travel to No. 23 Evangel this Saturday, Nov. 11 in a match up that will determine the 2017 Heart of America Athletic Conference Southern Division Championship.

 

A win over the Crusaders would give Baker its third-straight Heart South title and fourth Heart championship in the last five years.

 

Baker has captured Heart football championships in 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2013, 2015 and 2016. The Crusaders are in search of its first Heart title since 2005.

 

The Wildcats are 9-1 this season and 3-1 in the Heart South, while Evangel enters the game 7-3 and 4-0 in the Heart South and have won five-straight games overall, dating back to Oct. 7.

 

The Evangel defense ranks No. 12 in the NAIA in sacks with 29 and Josh Evans has served as one of the top defensive players in the NAIA this season with 11 sacks and 18 tackles for loss, he is No. 2 in sacks and No. 4 in tackles for loss.

 

The Crusaders allow just 21 points per game, ranking No. 17 in the NAIA and average 28.4 points per game on offense.

 

Baker has continued to put up big numbers on offense this season, as they are the No. 2 ranked scoring offense at 49.7 points per game and average 555.8 yards of offense per game, ranking No. 4 in the country.

 

Cameron Hardesty leads the Crusader offense with 1,511 yards passing and 16 TD’s with just three picks.

 

Three different Crusaders have five TD receptions including, Dallas Hester, Chance Smith and Brady Collier.

 

Baker’s JD Woods leads the NAIA in total scoring with 144 points and is just one rushing TD away from tying the Baker record for rushing touchdowns in a season, as teammate Cornell Brown owns that record with 24 in 2016.

 

Seven Wildcats have at least 10 receptions this year, with 65 coming from Nick Snider and Clarence Clark leads the team in TD receptions with nine.

 

Nate McLaurin continues to shine on both sides of the ball, as he ranks No. 2 in the NAIA in total punt return yards with 248 and is the team leader in interceptions with four.

 

Josh Kock in No. 10 in the NAIA in tackles for loss with 15 and Indie Allen is No. 2 in the country in tackles per game at 9.8.

 

The Wildcats have won five-straight over Evangel, with the last loss coming in Springfield, Missouri, 34-27, on Sept 10, 2011.

 

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No. 2 Baker Punches Ticket to Heart Title Match

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – For the fourth time in the past five seasons, the No. 2 seeded Baker University men’s soccer team will play in the Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament Championship match, as they defeated No. 3 seeded Central Methodist, 1-0, in the semifinal round on Tuesday night inside Liston Stadium.

 

They will now travel to No. 1 seeded Missouri Valley in a rematch of the 2015 Heart Championship final and a rematch of the finale of the 2017 regular season, with Missouri Valley winning both of those matches.

 

Mo Val defeated No. 5 seeded MNU on Tuesday night in the other semifinal, 3-2. The Wildcats improve to 15-3-2 after the win over CMU, while the Eagles fall to 13-3-3.

 

The Eagles outshot Baker ,17-4, with seven shots on goal for CMU, as 2017 Heart Freshman of the Year, Alberto Ciroi earned the shut out with seven saves. This marks the ‘Cats ninth shut out of the year.

 

Baker attempted two shots on goal, with the lone goal coming from Heart First Team All-Conference award winner Blake Levine in the 33rd minute, as the assist went to Third Team All-Conference honoree Joseph Houlihan.

 

Houlihan, Jordan Gomez-Nix, Levine and Brandon Milburn all attempted a shot each for Baker.

 

Guzman Pery led CMU in shots with four and seven different Eagles attempted a shot on goal, but none were able to slip past Ciroi.

 

Baker and Missouri Valley will kickoff at 7 p.m. this Friday, November 10 in the Heart title match in Marshall, Missouri.

 

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Men’s Basketball Improves to 2-0

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – The Baker University men’s basketball team improved to 2-0 to open up the season with an 85-59 win over Kansas Christian College on Tuesday night.

 

The ‘Cats got a big night from senior Tyree Peter, as he recorded a double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds.

 

Vandy Hopson joined him in double figures with 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Peter went 7-of-11 from the floor and grabbed five offensive rebounds, one more then the entire Kansas Christian team.

 

The Wildcat defense held the Eagles to just 31.1-percent shooting on 19-of-61 and 8-of-25 shooting from three-point range.

 

Offensively, Baker shot 46.2-percent from the field and 22-of-30 from free-throw range. 13 different Wildcats scored a point on the night and Baker dominated on the boards, outrebounding the Eagles, 49-26.

 

Daniel Young and Jose Izquiedo each grabbed seven rebounds apiece. Young had four offensive boards.

 

Baker had 15 assists on its 30 field goals made with Brock Mick leading the way with his four assists.

 

The game headed into halftime with Baker up 38-32, then the ‘Cats began to pull away in the second half, as they outscored the Falcons, 85-59.

 

BU returns home this weekend, as the host the 2017 Baker Classic. The ‘Cats will take on St. Gregory’s (Okla.) this Friday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m., then faces Haskell on Saturday, November 11 at 4 p.m. inside the Collins Center.

 

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No. 10 Baker Runs Past Kansas Christian, 108-26

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – The No. 10 ranked Baker University women’s basketball team improved to 3-0 on Tuesday night with a 108-26 victory over Kansas Christian College.

 

This is the largest margin of victory in the Ben Lister era and the most points scored in a game by the ‘Cats in his seven seasons at the helm. This is the most points since Jan. 21, 2017, when Baker won 103-63 over Clarke.

 

The Wildcats racked up 26 points in the first quarter, 32 in the second, 30 in the third and 20 in the fourth.

 

Baker held the Falcons to eight points in the first quarter, one point in the second, six in the third and 11 in the fourth.

 

Kansas Christian shot 17.8-percent from the floor on 8-of-45 shooting and went 3-of-21 from three-point range.

 

Baker shot 45-of-75 from the floor, for 60-percent and knocked down 12 three-point field goals. The Wildcats outrebounded KCC, 36-19.

 

The ‘Cats also had 33 assists on its 45 field goals, with Caitlin Modesett leading the way with her six assists. Carrington Ream and Jodi Adkins added five assists apiece.

 

For the second-straight game, Sydnie Hanson led the team in scoring with 21 points. Also in double figures was Anna Hignight with 15 points, Modesett scored 14, Julia Bannister scored 13 and Hannah Madsen along with Courtney Hoag each scored 10.

 

Baker also had eight blocks on the game with two from Hoag and Kate-Lynn King led BU on the boards with 10 rebounds. 10 different Wildcats scored a point on Tuesday night.

 

The ‘Cats will next hit the road for the Benedictine Classic, where they will play Park University on Friday, Nov. 10 at 5:30 p.m. and No. 24 Lindenwood-Belleville on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 1 p.m.

 

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Baker Football Ranked No. 7 this Week

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – In the ninth edition of the 2017 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 poll, the Baker University football team dropped from No. 2 to No. 7, announced on Monday.

 

The Wildcats are 9-1 this season and 3-1 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference Southern Division standings.

 

Baker is coming off its first conference loss in over two years, as they fell to Missouri Valley, 27-22, this past Saturday.

 

BU will next travel to No. 23 ranked Evangel on Saturday, November 11 at 12 p.m. for a shot at the 2017 Heart South Conference Championship.

 

A win over the Crusaders would give Baker its third-straight Heart South title and fourth Heart conference championship in the last five years.

 

The Crusaders enter the game 7-3 and a perfect 4-0 in the Heart South, as they have won five-straight games dating back to Oct. 7.

 

Also ranked from the Heart this week includes No. 6 Grand View, who fell to the Wildcats, 48-41, back on Sept. 2 and No. 15 Benedictine.

 

The Wildcats are still the No. 2 ranked scoring offense in the NAIA, averaging 49.7 points and JD Woods is still the nations leading scorer with 144 points.

 

Nick Snider has jumped up to No. 2 in the NAIA in receptions per game at 8.1. His 18 receptions against Missouri Valley were the most in school history in a single game.

 

Nate McLaurin continues to perform on both sides of the ball, as he ranks No. 2 in the NAIA in total punt return yards with 248.

 

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999)
• Saint Francis now owns 15 all-time No. 1 rankings, which is the fourth-most top billings since the 1999 season. 
• The Cougars ended the regular-season with a 10-0 record after defeating Taylor (Ind.), 40-20, over the weekend. The victory pushes Saint Francis’ current NAIA-best winning streak to 19-straight games.
• Due to an upset loss by Baker (Kan.), Southern Oregon joins the top five at No. 5 for the first time this season. This shift ends a streak of three-straight weeks where there were no changes in the top five teams. 
• No. 24 Kansas Wesleyan and No. 25 Concordia (Neb.) are the two newcomers to the Top 25. The Coyotes return to the poll following a two-week hiatus, while the Bulldogs garner recognition for the first time since the spring edition. 
• Carroll (Mont.) owns the most No. 1 rankings with 58, followed by former NAIA member Sioux Falls (S.D.) (55), No. 12 Georgetown (Ky.) (25), No. 3 Morningside (Iowa) (20), Saint Francis (15) and No. 9 Saint Xavier (Ill.) (14).
• Morningside holds the longest active streak with 135-straight Top 25 mentions. Additionally, the Mustangs have been ranked within the top 10 in 84-straight polls.

 

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Missouri Valley Snaps No. 2 Baker’s Heart Winning Streak

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – The Missouri Valley football team ended No. 2 Baker University’s 26-game Heart of America Athletic Conference winning streak on Saturday afternoon, with a 27-22 win in Marshall, Missouri.

 

The Wildcats move to 9-1 overall and 3-1 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference Southern Division, while Missouri Valley improves to 5-5 and 3-1 in the conference.

 

This marks the Wildcats first loss to a Heart foe since Sept. 26, 2015 at Benedictine.

 

The Wildcats racked up 551 total yards of offense and allowed just 234 total yards to the Vikings.

 

But quarterback Marco Aguinaga was sacked six times on the day and went 30-of-54 for 347 yards and one TD and one interception. Those 54 attempts are the most by a Baker quarterback in any game in BU football history.

 

He connected with Nick Snider 18 times on the day for 173 yards. Those 18 receptions also are a Baker record for most receptions in a game, as it breaks Jimmie Rose’s record of 14 receptions in a game back in 1993.

 

The Wildcat offense had 108 total plays on offense, compared to just 64 for the Vikings. JD Woods also had a busy day for Baker with 40 rushing attempts for 214 yards and a TD.

 

Clarence Clark began the day for Baker with a 25-yard field goal make with 7:25 to go in the 1st quarter.

 

Elton Taylor then answered on the next kickoff with a 93-yard kickoff return for a TD with 7:09 left in the first quarter to give the Vikings the lead, which they would never relinquish.

 

Kenny Sanford then scored on a Jake Bridges pass from 15-yards out to give the Vikings a 13-5 lead. On the PAT, Nate McLaurin blocked it and took the ball all the way to the end zone for a two-point conversion for Baker, making the score 13-5.

 

Abram Garcia then connected on a 21-yard field goal just before halftime to bring the score to 13-8.

 

With 2:18 to go in the 3rd quarter, Sanford scored his second touchdown of the day from 1-yard out, to give MVC a 20-8 lead.

 

Woods recorded his only TD of the game in the 4th quarter from 3-yards out with 11:33 left in the game to bring the count to 20-15 in favor of MVC.

 

Then Missouri Valley put together another big play, as Bridges found Dorian Stanard on an 80-yard pass with 7:50 to go in the game, to give the Vikings a 27-15 lead.

With 56 seconds to go, Aguinaga connected with Mason McCormick on a 20-yard TD pass to bring the final total to 27-22 in favor of Mo Valley.

 

Baker picked off two passes on the day, as Clay Drouillard and Grant Elston earned those two interceptions. Indie Allen led the team in tackles with 10.

 

Baker still has a shot at another Heart South Division crown, as they travel to Springfield, Missouri next Saturday, Nov. 11 to take on No. 25 ranked Evangel at 12 p.m.

 

The Crusaders are winners of five-straight games and come in with a record of 7-3 and 4-0 in the Heart South. With a win over Evangel, Baker will have captured its fourth Heart title in five years.

 

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