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Baker sports roundup

October 7, 2004


The Baker University Wildcats quadrupled Avila's output during a 28-7 Homecoming victory Saturday in Liston Stadium.

The Wildcats finished with 365 total yards to the Eagles' 89 with a swarming defense. Avila gained just 44 yards on 33 attempts and completed only three of 22 passes.

Baker found inventive ways to jump out to a 14-0 lead. Freshman DJ Carter of Houston scored first on a 42-yard punt return with 2:01 left in the first quarter. Senior running back John Reeves of Palestine, Texas, threw an 11-yard completion to senior fullback Gerrad Speer of Scott City for Baker's second touchdown early in the second quarter.

Midway through the second quarter, Avila's Steve Miller blocked a punt and gave his offense the ball at the Baker 16. Six plays later, Furderer scored on a two-yard run.

Wildcat junior quarterback Brian Sheppard of Destrehan, La., answered with less than a minute remaining in the half when he snuck four yards into the end zone for a 21-7 lead.

The final score of the game came late in the fourth quarter. Avila punter Massimo Scaccia was backed up to his own 1-yard line and his punt only reached the Avila 27. The Wildcats scored on the very next play with Sheppard finding junior wide receiver Ryan Pitts of Carson, Calif., in the end zone.

Reeves led the Wildcat offense with 143 yards rushing. Pitts had 80 yards receiving and senior wide receiver Keenan Ganz of Ozark, Mo., added 67 yards. Sheppard threw for 154 yards, and senior punter Karl Halamicek of Lucerne Valley, Calif., had a 33-yard completion to Ganz on 4th-and-6.

Baker had 11 tackles for loss during the game, led by senior defensive back Blake Pearson of Valley Center with 2.5.

The win improved Baker's record to 3-2, and the Wildcats remain undefeated at home. Avila is 1-3 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.


It was a great day to be a Baker Wildcat on Saturday as both the football team and men's soccer team dominated Avila University to celebrate Homecoming while the volleyball and women's golf team took care of business on the road.

The men's soccer team continued to roll over opponents with an 8-0 victory over the Eagles to begin Saturday, and the football team followed with a great defensive effort to beat Avila 28-7. Football player Chance Nichols, a senior from Palestine, Texas, and cross country runner Kerry Fitzgerald, a senior from Olathe, were crowned king and queen at halftime.

In Wichita, the volleyball team smothered both Friends University and Southwestern College with 3-0 victories at the Newman Invitational. In Liberty, Mo., senior Libby Lewis of Syracuse, concluded the William Jewell Tournament with another meet victory. Sophomore Laura Baker of Overland Park finished fifth.

Several teams will stay active over fall break.

The volleyball team travels to Fayette, Mo., to take on Missouri Valley College at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

On Saturday, the cross country teams will challenge some of the top NAIA teams on the West Coast at the Vanguard Invitational in Costa Mesa, Calif. The men's soccer team will face Friends University at 1 p.m. in Wichita and the women's soccer team will play Benedictine College at 2 p.m. in Atchison. The men's soccer team will stay in Wichita to face Newman University at 1 p.m. Sunday.

The fall seasons for golf and tennis have concluded. Football has a bye week.

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