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Football blanks Graceland at Homecoming

Story by Chad Mullens, Writer

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The Baker University football team had a victorious Homecoming, winning on the ceremonial week for the eighth consecutive time by defeating the Graceland University Yellowjackets 41-0.

Senior Camren Torneden took the opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown to take the lead 14 seconds into the game.

“As soon as it happened I looked at coach Young, our kickoff return coach, and he was ecstatic that we were able to run one back,” sophomore Nick Becker said.

Sophomore quarterback Nick Marra had his best game of the season, throwing the first of his three touchdown passes on the day to senior Dylan Perry to cap off a 98-yard drive later in the first quarter.

“Nick (Marra) has been playing phenomenal,” junior Sheldon Jacks said. “Every week he has been getting better and more comfortable, and we’re just trying to get enough time to pick the defense apart.

Ending the first quarter with a 14-point lead and the ball, the Wildcats scored 50 seconds later, another touchdown connection from Marra to Perry to take a 21-0 lead.

Baker ended the game with 507 yards of total offense, its highest output of the season.

“I think Nick did a good job hitting guys and spreading the ball around, and when we do that and have success with the running game, we’ll be tough to beat,” head coach Mike Grosser said.

Freshman Ledai Shawn Boose had another productive game, catching a 10-yard out from Marra for a touchdown and taking in a 34-yard jet sweep in the third quarter.

“I think it’s effective going full speed, getting that handoff and hitting the edge,” Boose said of his 34-yard scoring play.

Boose has been forced to contribute immediately after Clarence Clark, last season’s leading receiver, went down with a knee injury. Starting alongside Perry, he has now scored three touchdowns in his last two games.

“I think it’s the coaching and the people around me helping me out, being from California, welcoming me with open arms,” Boose said.

The Wildcats had just as good of a game defensively. The Yellowjackets started in Baker territory twice after a kickoff and fumble recovery, but never had an offensive drive move past the 50 yard-line.

“That is a good football team we just played,” Grossner said. “I am proud of how our guys held them up, and we still have some room to improve.”

Graceland was held to just 41 rushing yards on 24 carries, and gave quarterback Miles King trouble, holding him to less than 50 percent completion in 32 pass attempts.

Jacks took pride in showing strong for the alumni that came to the Homecoming game.

“You get a chance to see guys who played before you and guys you used play with, and I think it’s really special,” he said.

The No. 2 ranked undefeated Wildcats will play Peru State College at 2 p.m on Saturday in Peru, Nebraska. The Bobcats will come off of a narrow, 24-21 loss at the hands of Evangel University. Baker defeated Evangel 24-14 earlier in the season.

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