Archive for Thursday, November 4, 2004

Baker rally falls short at Benedictine

November 4, 2004

For the second week in a row, the Baker University football team dug a first-half hole that Wildcats couldn't crawl out of and lost 40-28 to Benedictine College Saturday.

"It was a bigger hole this time," Baker coach Mike Grossner said of the 33-0 halftime deficit the Wildcats faced. "But, boy, did we have a chance to win it. We should have won it."

Baker bounced back with 28-unanswered points in the second half and was driving for the game winner with four minutes remaining when disaster struck.

"We were on the 50-yard line, threw a screen pass to John Reeves, he was open and headed down the field," said Grossner. "They stripped the ball from him and returned it 55 yards for the score. There were two obvious blocks in the back on the play, flags were thrown, but they picked them up. It was disappointing."

Baker's receivers had led the Wildcat comeback. Senior wide receivers Ryan Pitts of Carson, Calif., and Keenan Ganz of Ozark, Mo., had two touchdowns apiece, with Pitts gaining over 100 yards. Junior Brian Sheppard of Destrehan, La., had 18 completions for 227 yards and four touchdowns.

"No, we didn't give up," he said of the 4-4 Wildcats. "It's not in the character of our team to do that. It's two weeks in a row where we've had unbelievable circumstances to get back in the game. But, we've fallen short of our goal to win."

The Wildcats play their last home game at 1:30 p.m. Saturday against Graceland University. The Yellowjackets are 6-2 and lead the Heart of America Athletic Conference in total offense.

"We're going to put those two games behind us," Grossner said of the back-to-back losses. "Graceland is No. 22 in the country. They've got an explosive offense and a fast defense.

"I think it's going to be a shoot-out type of game," he said. "I'd love to see us shoot it out for four quarters for a change. We have the ability to score in bunches."

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