Archive for Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Bad start costs Baker on road

September 24, 2003

Baker University dug a quick hole Saturday on the road against Central Methodist University and suffered a 28-7 defeat as a result.

"When you give up 14 points in a minute and 40 seconds it's tough," said BU coach John Frangoulis. "They score, we fumble the kickoff and they score again. That's demoralizing for a football team.

"You can't expect to fall behind on the road and comeback against a good football team," Frangoulis said. "You can't shoot yourself in the foot like that."

From there, the Wildcats did get back in the game, but it was too late.

Running back Jon Reeves, junior from Palestine, Texas, had another big game for the Wildcats with 158 yards in the loss in Marshall, Mo.

Reeves averaged 5.9 yards per rush and also had a six-yard pass reception. He had 128 yards and a touchdown in the season opener against Evangel University and had 158 yards in the victory over Central Methodist College. He is averaging 5.2 yards per carry.

Fullback Gerrad Speer, junior from Scott City, also had a big night carrying the football. He gained 31 yards on just two carries and is averaging 7.9 yards per carry this season.

Defensive back Ron Givan, junior from West Covina, Calif., again led the Wildcats in tackles. He had eight solo tackles against Missouri Valley and has had 26 tackles in three games.

"The positives were the rushing game and holding them scoreless in the second half," said Frangoulis. "It's just hard to play catch-up against a good football team."

It doesn't get any easier for the Wildcats this week. They play host to MidAmerica Nazarene at 2 p.m. at Liston Stadium. It's homecoming for Baker.

"We're trying to get all the ranked teams out of the way," he said. "They're better, obviously, because they're unbeaten."

Baker will carry a 1-2 record into the game, while MidAmerica is 3-0.

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