Baker to face defending national champion in 2nd round of NAIA playoffs
Baker University sophomore quarterback Logan Brettell and sophomore wide receiver Clarence Clark had historic days Saturday as the No. 2 ranked Wildcats defeated No. 17 Point (Ga.), 68-21, in the first round of the NAIA Football Championship series.
Baker will now play defending NAIA national champion Southern Oregon in the quarterfinals of the NAIA FCS on Saturday inside Liston Stadium. Southern Oregon defeated Kansas Wesleyan, 52-8, in its first-round game Saturday.
Brettell tied the school record with six touchdowns passes, joining Jake Morse, Nick Marra and Mike Baggs atop the Baker all-time mark for touchdown passes in a game.
He also went 28-of-36 in the air for 419 yards and was just 14 yards short of Mack Brown’s 433 yards, which is the most by a BU quarterback in a game, back in 2008.
Clark had seven catches for 200 yards and four touchdown receptions. He finished just 21 yards behind Gary Greenwood’s 221 Baker record in a game, in which he accomplished that in 1993.
The Wildcats are now 11-1 on the year and tied for the school record in wins in a season with the 2013 football team, who went 11-2 and advanced to the NAIA FCS quarterfinals. Point ends its season at 8-3 overall.
Baker jumped out to a 26-0 lead with three touchdowns by Clarence Clark of 34, 36 and 69-yards. Cornell Brown also scored on a 26-yard score.
After a 26-7 halftime lead, Clark again scored on a 17-yard pass from Brettell and Alex Stebbins scored from 1-yard out on back-to-back possessions.
Then the Baker defense got in on the scoring fray, with a fumble recovery for a TD by Birdsong Warren and Adam Novak took a fumble recovery 52-yards for a score.
Dalton Buehler put a bow on the game with a 41-yard touchdown scamper with 1:30 to go in the game, to give Baker a 68-21.
Baker accumulated 605 yards of total offense and allowed just 294. Point had 88 rushing yards on 41 attempts for an average of 2.1 yards per carry and threw for 206 yards.
Adam Novak was named the NAIA FCS Defensive Player of the Game, while Brettell earned the NAIA FCS Offensive Player of the Game award.
Darrian Winston had the other takeaway for Baker with an interception in the second half and Tucker Pauley led the ‘Cats with 10 tackles and had two tackles for loss.
Novak finished with five tackles, including 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss.