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Brettell, McLaurin Earn Heart Football Player of the Week Honors

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – Baker University senior quarterback Logan Brettell and junior defensive back Nate McLaurin earned this week’s Heart of America Athletic Conference Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week awards respectively announced on Monday, after leading No. 2 Baker over No. 14 Benedictine this past Saturday, 44-37, in the NAIA Game of the Week.

 

This is the second Player of the Week award for Brettell in 2017, the other came on Sept. 11, while this is the first for McLaurin.

 

The Wildcats won its 22nd-straight game against a Heart of America Athletic Conference team in the victory on Saturday and Brettell went 21-of-38 for 362 yards and five touchdown passes, including a TD pass with 50-seconds remaining to Tywonn Moss to seal the win over the Ravens.

 

He now has 8,072 career passing yards, just 206 yards shy of the Baker school record held by Mack Brown.

 

McLaurin had 11 total tackles in the win over No. 14 BC and picked off Raven quarterback Schaefer Schuetz’ final pass of the game for McLaurin’s second interception on the year, he also recovered a fumble in the victory.

 

The Wildcats return home this Saturday, September 30 to face (RV) Peru State at 1 p.m. inside Liston Stadium.

 

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No. 2 Baker Defeats No. 14 Benedictine in NAIA Game of the Week

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas The NAIA Football Game of the Week lived up to the hype, as No. 2 Baker defeated No. 14 Benedictine, 44-37, on Saturday afternoon inside Larry Wilcox Stadium.

 

With the scored tied up, 37-37, 2016 NAIA National Player of the Year Logan Brettell connected with Tywonn Moss on a six-yard TD reception with 50 seconds remaining to give Baker the final tally of 44-37.

 

Brettell went 21-of-40 for 362 yards and five touchdown passes, his counterpart Shaefer Schuetz went 27-of-43 with 266 passing yards and four TD’s.

 

Baker accumulated 453 total yards of offense, while Benedictine had 430. JD Woods ran 24 times for 79 yards.

 

The scoring began early in the first quarter when a bad snap sailed over punter Elijah Gastelum’s head and he was tackled in the end zone for a safety, BC led 2-0.

 

Then Baker responded on its next drive when Brettell found Clarence Clark in stride on a 75-yard TD pass.

 

Just four minutes later, Brettell again found Clark in the end zone on a 38-yard touchdown pass to give Baker the 13-2 lead, as the extra point was missed by Abram Garcia.

 

Marquis Stewart scored his first of two touchdowns with 1:32 to go in the first quarter on a short TD run.

 

Baker then scored three-straight touchdowns with another TD pass from Brettell this time to Nick Snider from 39-yards out, a 1-yard TD run by AJ Totta and a second TD reception to Snider from 4-yards out to give Baker the 34-9 lead.

 

Then BC went on a run of its own with 20-straight points, Schuetz threw a TD pass to Carl Hecht right before halftime, then threw a 9-yard TD pass to Aaron Jackson, before a third TD pass to Jameel Kirkland to bring the score, 34-29, with 8:41 remaining.

 

Garcia nailed a 34-yard field goal with 10:48 to go in the game to bring the score 37-29.

 

Then with 5:50 to go Schuerz found Stewart again and he scored from 7-yards out and they both connected on the two-point conversation to tie the game up 37-37.

 

Then Bretell marched the Wildcats down the field and scored with 50 seconds remaining for Baker’s 22nd-straight Heart of America Athletic Conference win.

 

The Wildcats are now 5-0 on the year and 20-14-1 all-time against the Ravens. BC falls to 4-1 on the season.

 

Indie Allen had a big game for the Baker defense, with 16 tackles and Josh Kock led the defensive line with two sacks.

 

Clark finished with four catches for 125 yards, while Snider had nine catches for 124 yards.

 

Nate McLaurin had an interception to end the game and had 11 tackles. Baker returns home to face (RV) Peru State next Saturday, Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. inside Liston Stadium.

 

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No. 2 Baker at No. 14 Benedictine Tabbed NAIA Game of the Week

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas Thanks to the fans of Baker and Benedictine Nation, this week’s battle between No. 2 Baker University and No. 14 Benedictine College has been selected the NAIA Game of the Week.

 

The NAIA placed four games in consideration for the NAIA Football Game of the Week and put the four contests up for a competition on Facebook. 

 

Each game was represented by a photo, the photo with the most ‘Likes’ earned the NAIA Game of the Week distinction. Baker and BC fans voted 366 times to win the contest! 

 

The 4-0 Wildcats and 4-0 Ravens meet for the 35th time on Saturday, as Baker leads the all-time series 19-14-1. The Wildcats have won nine of the last 11 meetings between the two, including a 60-7 win last year. 

 

Seven of the last 10 games between these two teams have been decided by 10 points or less, with five of them being decided by a touchdown or less. 

 

This is the 4th-straight time Baker has come into their game against BC ranked inside the top-5.

 

They are 1-2 in the previous three games. Baker is also riding a 21-game winning streak against opponents from the Heart. The last loss came at Larry Wilcox Stadium in Atchison on September 26, 2015 in a 35-31 win for the Ravens.

 

BU’s JD Woods leads the NAIA in scoring with 60 points. He has nine rushing TDs & one receiving TD. He has scored multiple TDs in three of four games.

 

The Ravens are Top 10 in the NAIA in rush offense and defense. They average 303 yds/gm (4th) and give up only 67.3 yds/gm (8th).

 

Both teams come into today’s game outscoring their opposition by more than 30 points per game. BC at +36.2 and BU at + 31.7.

 

Marquis Stewart’s 236 rushing yards vs. MNU are the most by a Raven running back since Cameron Fore rushed for 236 yards against Avila on 10/12/2013.

 

JD Woods & Ejay Johnson of BC are No. 2 and No. 3 in the NAIA in total rushing. They are also the only two Heart RBs averaging 100+ yds/gm.

 

Baker’s Clarence Clark broke the all-time NAIA career scoring record against William Penn and has amassed 577 points in his career breaking the old record of 526. 

 

The Baker defense is No. 2 in the NAIA in total sacks with 16. Indie Allen, Josh Kock and Jack Taylor are all tied for the team lead in sacks with three. 

 

The Wildcat defense is No. 11 in rushing defense per game at 97 yards and is No. 19 in the NAIA in scoring defense per game at 22.3 per game. 

 

2016 NAIA National Player of the Year Logan Brettell is now Baker’s all-time leader in total offensive yards with 8,360 and is now just 569 yards away from breaking Mack Brown’s all-time passing yards record for BU. That record is 8,278 passing yards which was set in 2009. 

 

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Football Holds onto No. 2 Ranking

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas After a perfect 4-0 start to the season, the Baker University football team held onto its No. 2 ranking in this week’s NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 poll, announced on Monday.

 

The Wildcats will next take on No. 14 ranked Benedictine in a showdown of the final two undefeated teams in the Heart of America Athletic Conference this Saturday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. in Atchison, Kansas.

 

Baker enters the contest with a 21-game winning streak against the Heart, the last time BU fell to a Heart team was to Benedictine in Atchison, Kansas on Sept. 26, 2015, by a score of 35-31.

 

Also ranked in the Top 25 this week from the Heart includes No. 8 Grand View and No. 22 MNU.

 

The Baker defense enters Saturday ranked No. 2 in the NAIA in sacks with 16 and the offense is No. 2 in the country in total points scored with 212.

 

They also feature the No. 1 ranked scoring kicker in the nation in Clarence Clark with 35 points, he is also the NAIA’s all-time leading scorer with 577 career points.

 

Freshman JD Woods leads the country in offensive scoring with 60 points and is the nations leading rusher with 536 yards. Baker has rushed for 1,039 total yards, ranking No. 5 in the NAIA.

 

Benedictine comes into the game as the nations leading rushing team with 1,212 yards and has scored 206 total points, ranking third nationally. Ejay Johnson is the Ravens leading rusher with 492 yards, ranking second only to Woods.

 

The BC defense is just one sack shy of Baker with 15, ranking No. 3 in the NAIA.

 

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999)
• Saint Francis downed then-No. 23 St. Ambrose (Iowa), 49-21, last weekend to improve to 3-0 on the year. Quarterback Nick Ferrer threw for 508 yards and six touchdowns, while tailback Justin Green tallied a season-high 162 yards rushing and one score. 
• The slate of ranked opponents continues for the Cougars on Saturday, as they host No. 11 Saint Xavier (Ill.) in a Mid-States Football Association crossover game. 
• Three new teams joined the Top 25 this week – No. 21 Cumberland (Tenn.), No. 25 (tied) Concordia (Mich.) and No. 25 (tied) Hastings (Neb.). Hastings snaps the longest drought among the trio, as the Top 25 mention is the first for the Broncos since checking in at No. 25 on Oct. 29, 2012. The Phoenix were last ranked during the 2014 season, while Concordia was recognized once last season.
• Carroll (Mont.) owns the most No. 1 rankings with 58, followed by former NAIA member Sioux Falls (S.D.) (55), No. 16 Georgetown (Ky.) (25), No. 4 Morningside (Iowa) (20) and No. 11 Saint Xavier (Ill.) (14).
• Morningside holds the longest active streak with 128-straight Top 25 mentions.

 

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No. 2 Baker Earns Homecoming Win over Graceland, 66-14

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas The No. 2 ranked Baker University football team earned a 66-14 Homecoming victory on Saturday over Graceland in a game that featured a lightning delay that lasted over an hour.

 

This marks the Wildcats’ 21st-straight win over a Heart of America Athletic Conference opponent and 10th-straight win over Graceland.

 

The Wildcats are now 4-0 on the season, while Graceland falls to 0-4. Logan Brettell had another stellar game, as he went 13-of-18 passing for 241 yards and three touchdowns.

 

Brettell is Baker’s all-time leader in total offensive yards with 8,360 yards, he broke Mack Brown’s previous record of 8,273.

 

JD Woods had a huge first half with 12 carries for 112 yards and three touchdowns, he also had 2 catches for 19 yards and a TD.

 

Graceland’s wide receiver Caleb Thomas broke a NAIA record with 27 receptions. He had 197 yards receiving and two touchdowns as well.

 

Quarterback Preston Compton was 49-of-86 for 370 yards and two touchdowns and three interceptions.

 

Kegan Schumann, Clay Drouillard and Nate McLaurin each had an interception and Ryan Workman led the ‘Cats in total tackles with 10.

 

The Wildcats also had nine sacks in the contest with two from Indie Allen, Josh Kock and Jack Taylor.

 

Kock now has 25 sacks on his career and he recovered a fumble and took it for a TD in the second quarter.

 

BU racked up 634 total yards and allowed just 47 rushing yards. Abram Garcia nailed a 45-yard field goal in the first quarter.

 

Clarence Clark scored his 37th career TD reception in the 2nd quarter and Nick Snider took a 33-yard pass from Brettell for the final offensive score of the first half.

 

Brandon Mueller came in and started the second half at QB, he ran for 75 yards in the game including a 50-yard TD scamper in the third quarter and Justin Howard scored the final tally for the ‘Cats with a 2-yard run with 7:04 to go in the game.

 

Baker will next take on rival No. 16 Benedictine on Saturday, September 23 at 1 p.m. in Atchison, Kansas.

 

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No. 2 Baker Hosts Graceland on Homecoming

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas The No. 2 ranked Baker University football team hosts Graceland this Saturday, for Baker’s annual Homecoming game inside Liston Stadium at 1 p.m.

 

The weekend begins on Friday, Sept. 15, as BU hosts its annual Hall of Fame Induction and Student-Athlete recognition Banquet.

 

Four former Wildcats will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday including Juan Price ’94 (Baseball), Leroy Brown III ’94 (Football), Kelly Wolverton ’03 (Men’s Soccer) and Tanner Purdum ’07 (Football). For more information regarding the event, please click here.

 

The Wildcats enter the contest 3-0 and have started off the season 3-0 in four-straight seasons. Baker has also won 20-straight games against opponents from the Heart of America Athletic Conference and has a nine-game winning streak against Graceland.

 

BU ranks No. 3 in the NAIA in total passing yards with 1,109 and has scored the third most points in the country through three games with 146, averaging 48.6 points per game.

 

The Wildcats rushing attack is also one of the top in the country, as JD Woods leads the nation in rushing with 424 yards.

 

His 97-yard TD run against Grand View in week two was also a Baker record for longest touchdown run.

 

The Yellowjackets feature some weapons of their own on offense, as Caleb Thomas leads the NAIA in total receptions with 48, averaging 16 catches per game.

 

Quarterback Preston Compton is No. 5 in the NAIA in passing yards with 970. Graceland comes into Liston Stadium, 0-3, with three losses to Heart South teams including a 48-25 loss to MNU, 44-19 loss to Avila and 45-13 loss at Missouri Valley.

 

Baker’s quarterback Logan Brettell continues to shine for Baker, as the returning NAIA National Player of the Year is 57-of-93 for 924 yards and eight touchdown passes this season.

 

Indie Allen leads the ‘Cats in tackles with 31 and is tied for the team lead in tackles for loss with four with teammate Landon Decker.

 

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Logan Brettell Named Heart Offensive Player of the Week

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas 2016 NAIA National Player of the Year Logan Brettell earned his first Heart of America Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week honor of 2017, announced on Monday.

 

Brettell had an extremely efficient day on Saturday against Culver-Stockton with his 245 yards passing completing 10-of-13 attempts and three touchdowns.

 

He threw TD passes of 27 and 81 yards to Clarence Clark and Nick Snider for 12 yards.

 

The Wildcats had 781 total yards of offense in the win over CS-C, that is one yard shy of the school record for total yards in a game. As the 1980 team had 782 yards in a win over Central Methodist.

 

Baker is now 3-0 on the year for the 4th-straight season and has won 20-straight games against the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

 

The ‘Cats next take on Graceland on Homecoming at 1 p.m. inside Liston Stadium. Baker has won nine-straight against the Yellowjackets.

 

 

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Football Stays at No. 2 in Coaches’ Top 25 Poll

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas After starting the season 3-0 for the fourth-straight time, the Baker University football team holds onto the No. 2 spot in this week’s NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 poll, announced on Monday.

 

The Wildcats have defeated then-No. 23 William Penn, 31-27, then No. 9 Grand View 48-41 and Culver-Stockton, 67-7 to open up the year.

 

Three other Heart schools are ranked including No. 9 Grand View, No. 16 Benedictine and No. 19 MNU. Missouri Valley is receiving votes.

 

Baker next takes on Graceland this Saturday, Sept. 16 on Homecoming inside Liston Stadium at 1 p.m. The Wildcats have defeated the Yellowjackets nine-straight times.

 

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999)
• The defending national champions are off to a 2-0 start this season, including a 68-23 victory against St. Francis (Ill.) in a Mid-States Football Association crossover contest. Senior quarterback Nick Ferrer threw for 301 yards and five touchdowns in the contest despite playing only in the first half. 
• Saint Francis (2-0), which has been ranked among the top 10 in 22-straight polls, puts its 11-game winning streak on the line Saturday at No. 24 St. Ambrose (Iowa) (2-0).
• Four new teams joined the Top 25 this week – No. 16 Benedictine (Kan.), No. 19 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.), No. 23 Northwestern (Iowa) and No. 24 St. Ambrose. Northwestern is making its first appearance in the poll since ranking No. 22 on Nov. 2, 2015. The three other squads were all ranked at some point during the 2016 season. 
• Carroll (Mont.) owns the most No. 1 rankings with 58, followed by former NAIA member Sioux Falls (S.D.) (55), Georgetown (Ky.) (25), Morningside (Iowa) (20) and Saint Xavier (Ill.) (14).
• No. 4 Morningside holds the longest active streak with 127-straight Top 25 mentions.

 

 

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No. 2 Baker Moves to 3-0, Brettell Becomes BU’s All-Time Yards Leader

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas The Baker University football team continued its winning ways against the Heart of America Athletic Conference on Saturday, as it won its 20-striaght game in the Heart in a 67-7 win over Culver-Stockton in a game that was broadcast worldwide on the Watch ESPN App and locally on KSMO-TV.

 

Baker moves to 3-0 on the year, while the CS-C Wildcats fall to 0-3. This marks the fourth-straight year Baker has started a season, 4-0.

 

Baker had 781 yards of total offense on 74 plays, good for 10.6 yards per play. That is just one yard shy from tying Baker’s all-time record for total yards in a game, the ‘Cats had 782 yards against Central Methodist in 1980.

 

In the victory, Logan Brettell became Baker’s all-time leader in total offensive yards, the senior from Overland Park, Kansas broke Mack Brown’s previous record, as Brettell now has 8,116 yards with 7,469 passing and 647 rushing.

 

Baker led 23-0 at the end of the first quarter and 51-7 at halftime. In that first quarter reigning Heart Offensive Player of the Week JD Woods took the first snap from scrimmage 36-yards for a TD.

 

Then Josh Kock sacked quarterback Jalen Jones in the end zone for a safety, to give Baker the 9-0 lead in the first minute of the game.

 

Then just 12 seconds later NAIA’s all-time leading scorer Clarence Clark scored on an 81-yard TD pass from Brettell. On the ‘Cats next possession, Clark scored again on a 27-yard TD pass from Brettell.

 

Juan King scored CSC’s only touchdown with 14:26 to go in the third quarter on a 18-yard TD reception from Jones.

 

Then Baker scored 34 unanswered points, as Nate Pauly scored on back-to-back TD runs of 8-yards and 24-yards.

 

Woods scored again from 54 yards out, then Nick Snider scored his first TD as a Wildcat on a 12-yard pass from Brettell. Brettell went 10-of-13 for 245 yards and three TD’s.

 

In the second half, Clark nailed a 39-yard field goal, to put Baker up 54-7. Then Lee Andrews received a pass from Brandon Mueller and scored from 21-yards out and Ronald Allen finished off the game with a 63-yard TD run to make the final score 67-7.

 

Allen ran 19 times for 139 yards, while Woods went 133 on eight carries.

 

Defensively, Indie Allen led the team in tackles with 11 and Kock and Brennen Kellogg each had a sack. Clay Drouillard also had an interception for Baker in the second half.

 

The BU defense held CS-C to just 142 rushing yards and 147 passing yards, good for 289 total yards. Jones was 10-of-28 for 106 yards for Culver-Stockton.

 

The Wildcats return home next Saturday for Homecoming, as they host Graceland at Liston Stadium at 1 p.m.

 

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No. 16 Baker & No. 10 Lindsey Wilson End in 0-0 Tie

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas The No. 16 ranked Baker University women’s soccer team traveled to Columbia, Kentucky on Tuesday evening to take on the No. 10 ranked Lindsey Wilson College Blue Raiders and came home with a 0-0 tie after two overtimes.

 

The Wildcats have ended in a tie in two-straight matches and are now 0-1-2 on the year, while Lindsey Wilson moves to 1-1-2, this is the second-straight match the Blue Raiders neglected to score a goal.

 

Baker attempted five shots on the night with three coming from sophomore Erica Esch. The Blue Raiders took 12 shots on the night and BU’s Rachel Hunt recorded the shut out with five saves.

 

Shelby Austin led Lindsey Wilson with four shots against the Wildcats and LWC didn’t allow a shot on goal for Baker.

 

The latest NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 poll came out on Tuesday and the Wildcats fell 10 spots from No. 6 to No. 16.

 

Baker is joined by fellow Heart squad Benedictine in the Top 25, as the Ravens are No. 3 in the latest poll.

 

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