Baker improves to 2-0
PERU, Neb. – With a strong running game and an efficient day from quarterback Sam Vossen, the No. 18 ranked Baker University football team improved to 2-0 on the year and 1-0 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference with a 34-13 win over Peru State.
The Wildcats won its second road game of the young season after defeating No. 11 Ottawa last weekend 27-20.
Saturday’s contest began with a slow start with neither team scoring in the first quarter but the Wildcats got on the board first with a three-yard rushing touchdown by freshman running back Jermaine Broomfield with 12:10 left in the second quarter.
Then University of Southern California transfer Dillon Baxter scored his first touchdown of the season with 5:21 left in the first half on a six yard run.
After halftime, reigning HAAC Offensive Player of the Week Ryan Ludlow brought the Bobcats within eight points with a one-yard touchdown of his own, but the extra point was no good and the score stood at 14-6 in favor Wildcats.
The biggest play of the contest came with 2:09 left in the third quarter when Vossen tossed the ball up in the Nebraska air and senior receiver Reggie Harris reached up to grab his first touchdown of the season on a 50-yard pass play, giving Baker the 21-6 lead. Vossen then followed that up with a 28-yard touchdown pass to tight end Joel Murphy.
Ludlow then ran in his second touchdown of the game with 10:56 left in the game but that was the final points of the game for the Bobcats.
Broomfield ran in his second touchdown of the game with 4:42 to go to give the Wildcats the 34-13 lead for good.
Broomfield led the Wildcats in rushing with 96 yards and Baxter finished with 79, while Vossen threw for 187 yards on 12-of-17 passing.
Defensively, the Cats’ held Ludlow to just 60 yards rushing and quarterback Bo Shepard to just 37 yards after each went for over 200 and 100 yards respectively the week before.
Gunnar McKenna recovered a fumble for Baker and seniorAdam Steele led the way in tackles with eight and two tackles for loss.
Baker will return to Baldwin City next week for its home opener next Saturday, Sept. 8 as they take on HAAC opponent Evangel University at 6 p.m. at Liston Stadium.