Archive for Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Baker beats Culver-Stockton 28-19

October 22, 2003

By Jeff Myrick

Baldwin City Signal Editor

With two weeks to prepare, the Baker University Wildcats had good plans all around and worked them to perfection in a 28-19 win over Culver-Stockton Saturday night in Liston Stadium.

The offense, defense and special teams all had a big hand in the win. The defense and special teams chipped in with turnovers that the offense converted. But the special teams also came up big by holding back Culver-Stockton's vaunted return game.

"We played well, but we had to -- Culver had some good people," said Baker coach John Frangoulis. "We had two weeks to prepare for them. The idea on specialty teams was not to let them get out of the gate like they had been.

"We eliminated any possible scores on kick off and punt returns and that was big," said Frangoulis. "We had good game plans on both sides of the ball. Jon Reeves had a big game and we completed some big passes to Calvin Alford."

The first turnover came when Baker forced a fumble on a punt return. That set-up the Wildcat's first score, a one-yard plunge by Gerrad Speer. Culver answered that score, but Baker countered with a Blake Pearson to Alford scoring pass that covered 45 yards.

Culver took the lead back just into the third quarter after recovering a fumble and converting it into a touchdown. But it only took BU two plays to answer when Reeves broke free for a 65-yard touchdown scamper that gave the Wildcats the lead for good.

The defense also contributed sacks and turnovers to help keep Culver-Stockton in check. Reeves wound up with 179 yards on the ground to lead the Wildcat attack.

"It was a good effort. Our kids played well and deserved to win," he said. "We've gotten better as a group all year. We've won our last two games. We've got four left and we've got to keep doing that.

"We're happy with the direction we're headed," said Frangoulis. "We had some close losses, but we've come around. It's that way every week in this league. Every game is close. You've just got to prepare for it. We need to keep after it. We've got a tough road game this week at St. Louis against Lindenwood."

Baker takes an even-offed 3-3 record into the game.

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