Baker dumps CMU, 28-14
A throng of Baker University Wildcat fans got to see both sides of the squad's offense for a change during the team's 28-14 homecoming victory Saturday against Central Methodist at Liston Stadium.
BU senior running back Terence Spencer rushed 29 times for 152 yards and a touchdown in the Wildcats' victory to help re-establish the running game. Senior quarterback Levi Schuck threw for another 202 yards on a 15 of 25 performance to keep the passing attack going. His favorite target was senior wide receiver Mackie Valentin, who snared 11 passes for 180 yards and both passing touchdowns.
The combination gave BHS a 371-213 advantage in total offense. But, it was the running game that was the key. Spencer sat out the past two games with an elbow injury. His rushing total surpassed what the entire Baker team gained in last Saturday's 24-21 loss to Graceland University.
"That's what he's here for," Baker coach John Frangoulis said of his running back's offensive output. "You can do all the teamwork you want during the week, but it's different when you get into the game and you've got guys running 100 miles an hour and crashing into you."
Spencer's touchdown came six minutes into the first quarter on Baker's second drive. The Wildcats (2-1) took possession after a fumbled handoff by Eagle quarterback Cameron Dowd and scored six plays later on Spencer's run.
"You always try to capitalize after a mistake and that got some momentum going for the first half," Frangoulis said.
Earlier in the first quarter, BU struck on its second offensive play. Schuck connected with Valentin for a 70-yard touchdown. Valentin slid behind CMU cornerback Leo Barge and Schuck hit him with a perfect pass.
"We thought we could execute against their coverage because they play man coverage and guys tight on the line of scrimmage," Frangoulis said.
Schuck used his legs in the second quarter on a 1-yard dive into the end zone to put the Wildcats up 21-0 after Brant Brittingham's third straight conversion kick. That score resulted from a nine-play, 45-yard drive which chewed up 4:13 off the clock.
BU put itself into a little trouble to open the second half. Trying some trickery with a kickoff return handoff back-fired and the Wildcats lost possession on a fumble. Central Methodist took advantage with a two-play, 9-yard drive to pull within 21-7.
It was back to the airways for Baker, as Schuck hooked up with Valentin for a second score on an eight-yard pass in the third quarter. It capped a 10-play, 73-yard drive that took 4:05.
"He's always been a good receiver," Frangoulis said of Valentin. "The past couple of years he's been injured, but this year he's had a great year."
Baker's long drives, aided by the strong running attack, had the head coach pleased.
"That's really the first time on the ground we've done that this year and that's promising," Frangoulis said.
Brock Bult led the Wildcat defense with eight tackles, seven of which were solo stops and one was for a 14-yard loss. Tim Woodcock and Carlos Grace were right behind with six tackles apiece, while Joe Zubeck had five, all of which were solos. Zubeck also had a fumble recovery, as did Mickey Ramsey, and Mark Emry had an interception to go along with five tackles.
Baker will travel to Liberty, Mo., on Saturday to face arch-rival William Jewell. Kickoff is 1:30 p.m.