FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 26, 2017
Contact: Tyler Price, Assistant Director of Athletics | Communications
No. 2 Baker Survives over No. 23 William Penn, Clark Becomes NAIA’s All-Time Leading Scorer
BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – The No. 2 ranked Baker University football team survived its season opener against No. 23 William Penn on Saturday, as they took down the Statesmen, 31-27, inside Liston Stadium.
Logan Brettell connected with Cornell Brown on a 61-yard touchdown reception with 1:33 to go in the game to give Baker the final blow to beat William Penn.
Clarence Clark nailed a 29-yard field goal with 1:28 left in the second quarter and those three points gave him 526 for his career passing David Ruter of Sioux Falls becoming the NAIA’s all-time leader in scoring. Clark now has 36 touchdowns, 190 PAT’s and 40 field goals.
Mike Grossner now has 99 wins in his 14-year career, now just one shy of 100. He would become the second football coach in Baker history to eclipse 100 wins, as Hall of Fame head coach Charlie Richard leads all Baker coaches with 123 victories.
The Wildcats have now won 18-straight against the Heart of America Athletic Conference and 10-straight games at home.
Baker had 387 total yards on the day and allowed just 181 yards, as WPU ran for 128 and threw for 53 yards.
2016 NAIA National Player of the Year Logan Brettell, threw for 264 yards and three toucdowns on 18-of-35 passing and threw one pick.
Eric Cooper was 2-of-9 passing for 23 yards and one touchdown. Landon Decker forced a fumble and recovered the fumble for Baker’s only forced turnover.
JD Woods led Baker in rushing in his first game as a Wildcat with 91 yards on 25 attempts and scored a touchdown.
Nate Pauly played in his first game as a Wildcat and scored with 12:24 to go in the first quarter on a 4-yard pass from Brettell. Brown’s other TD came on a 10-yard touchdown reception with 12:10 to go in the 4th quarter.
Keegan Schumann and Grant Elston each led Baker in tackles with 10 and Indie Allen, Aderio Ammons and Decker all had two tackles for loss.
The Wildcats will next take on No. 9 ranked Grand View on Saturday, Sept. 2 at 11 a.m. in Des Moines, Iowa.
That contest will be broadcast worldwide on the Watch ESPN App, ESPN 3 and locally on KSMO-TV.