Baker rallies for win over Graceland
Special to the Signal
Graceland University had no answer for Jon Reeves as Baker University's star running back gained 280 yards in a 35-21 comeback victory to ruin Graceland's Senior Day Saturday in Lamoni, Iowa.
The Yellowjackets built a quick 21-0 lead just 10 minutes into the game by taking advantage of Baker turnovers on kick returns. The Wildcat running game responded quickly to Graceland's third touchdown, however, with a two-rush, 60-yard drive. Junior quarterback Blake Pearson of Valley Center gained 12 yards on the first play, and Reeves, a junior from Palestine, Texas, gained 48 for a touchdown on the next.
The Wildcats scored again with a minute left in the first quarter when Pearson completed a 30-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receive r Ryan Pitts of Carson, Calif. A 41-yard interception return by senior cornerback Julian Parks of Kansas City set up Baker's next touchdown, a nine-play, 36-yard drive capped by Pearson completing a 15-yard pass to junior Justin Cobb of Shawnee.
A fumble recovery by senior linebacker Karl Barron of Kansas City, Mo., set up Reeves' game-winning touchdown. Pearson carried the ball three times for 28 yards and Reeves finished the drive with a five-yard touchdown.
The game's final touchdown came midway thro ugh the third quarter. Reeves gained three yards on the first play of the drive, then busted free for a 73-yard touchdown run on the second play.
Baker nearly doubled Graceland's offensive yards, 444 to 234, in the Wildcats' highest offensive output of t he year. Reeves gained 274 yards on 37 carries for a 7.3 average, and had a six-yard reception. Pearson gained 41 yards rushing and completed seven of 12 passes for 87 yards. His favorite target of the night was Pitts, with five catches for 66 yards. Fres hman placekicker Paul Foltz of Perry made all five point-after touchdown kicks.
Junior defensive end Luke Thompson of Olathe had seven tackles and a sack to lead a strong Wildcat defense.
Baker is 4-5 heading into the season finale with 2-7 William Jewe ll College Saturday at home. Game time is 1:30 p.m. at Liston Stadium.tp