Baker improves to 3-0 with win Saturday
In front of a packed house at Liston Stadium in its home opener, the No. 18 ranked Baker University football team rolled past Evangel University, 48-17, to improve to 3-0 on the year.
Baker avenged its loss to the Crusaders a year ago and begins the season 3-0 for the first time in the head coach Mike Grossner era and first time since 2000.
Dating back to last season, Baker has now won seven straight games and improves to 2-0 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference standings. Evangel falls to 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the HAAC.
The scoring began in the first quarter when Jesse Schutlz ran for a one-yard score with 8:30 left in the quarter.
Sam Vossen then connected with tight end Joel Murphy for a beautiful 21-yard touchdown to give Baker the 13-0 lead. Vossen later found Murphy wide open in the end zone for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Baker jumped out to a 20-0 lead with 11:58 to go until halftime as senior wide receiver Kyle Bolton took a hand off 39 yards to the end zone.
Evangel finally got on the board with 6:40 left in the first when kicker Drew O’Cain nailed a 16-yard field goal attempt, cutting the deficit to 17 points, 20-3.
The Crusaders first big play of the game came with 3:19 to go in the second. Quarterback Andrew Brimhall threw a deep ball to Jesse Vaughn and he found his way to the end zone with a 61-yard touchdown reception.
Just before halftime, freshman running back Jermaine Broomfield took a Vossen hand off to the house with a one-yard run to put the Wildcats up 27-10 at the break.
Broomfield finished the night leading Baker in rushing with 90 yards on 17 attempts and two touchdowns.
Baker scored first in the second half with another touchdown pass from Vossen to senior Jake Green for a 15-yard pass and catch.
Broomfield then scored his second touchdown of the night. Evangel scored its final points of the game on the biggest play of the night with a Otis Brown 81-yard touchdown catch from Brimhall.
Murphy added his final touchdown with 7:56 to go in the game, for Vossen’s third touchdown pass of the night, a career high for the senior out of Tecumseh.
Baker’s defense had another solid night with four interceptions from Adam Steele, Mike Stevenson and two from safety Preston Schenck.
Baker allowed 123 yards on the ground but did give up 306 through the air. Baker had three sacks, two coming from Andre Jolly and Jesse Campbell and Ben Seybert added a half sack each.
Ryder Werts led the team with eight tackles, while Steele had seven and Joshua Fairley added five.
Vossen was 18-of-27 for 241 yards and three touchdowns and his leading receiver was Bolton with four catches for 85 yards. Punter Bryan Williams had a superb night as well. On his four punts he averaged 43 yards per attempt, with a long of 54 yards.
Baker will hit the road next weekend to face Central Methodist on at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15.