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November 8, 2017
Contact: Tyler Price, Assistant Director of Athletics | Communications
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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