MVC pins first loss on Baker
In a battle of two NAIA Top 10 football teams, the No. 5 Missouri Valley Vikings came into Baldwin City and defeated No. 9 Baker University, 31-17, on Saturday afternoon in Baker’s "Black Out" game.
The Wildcats quickly fell behind, 14-0, when MVC scored on a Jacoby Bellard touchdown reception and a LaNorris Dukes 3-yard touchdown run before the end of the first quarter.
The Wildcats got on the board when Steven Stewart added a 30-yard field goal, cutting the lead to, 14-3. Backup quarterback Taylor Beasley then threw another touchdown to Bellard, giving MVC the 21-3 lead at the half.
MVC added 10 more points in the third quarter with a field goal by Fabian Miramontes and a Del’Von Frankilin 1-yard touchdown.
In the fourth quarter, the Wildcats dominated time of possession and Dillon Baxter carried the load with 11 carries, including a 1-yard touchdown run with 11:47 to go in the game.
Sam Vossen then came in at quarterback for Baker and threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to senior Kyle Bolton for the final score to 31-17.
Baker turned the ball over four times with two interceptions and two fumbles and were held to just 80 yards of offense in the first half.
Emmerson Clarke picked off a Beasley pass and Austin Hamm forced a fumble for Baker’s two turnovers on defense.
Adrian Pearson led the Wildcats in tackles with nine and safety Preston Schenck added eight.
Baxter led the team in rushing with 76 yards and a score on 19 attempts. Zavier Steward led the way for Missouri Valley with 87 yards rushing.
Vossen was 4-of-7 for 58 yards and a touchdown and Jake Morse was 11-of-20 for 120 yards.
Baker’s leading receiver on the night was Bolton with his 70 yards, and fellow senior Jake Green had three catches for 38 yards.
With the loss Baker falls to 4-1, 3-1 in the HAAC, while MVC improves to 4-0 and 3-0 in the conference. Baker will next take on MidAmerica Nazarene at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. in Olathe.