The Baker Orange

Football obliterates Culver-Stockton 58-0

Story by Chad Mullens, Writer

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The No. 15 Baker football team improved to 2-0 on the season after avenging last year’s loss to Culver-Stockton College, beating the other Wildcats of the Heart of America Athletic Conference 58-0 on Saturday.

Junior quarterback Nick Marra was efficient throwing the ball, with six of his 13 completions going for touchdowns. After his sixth, a 25-yard pass to sophomore Cornell Brown with 0:27 left in the first half, Marra was given one drive in the second half to try and break former BU quarterback Jake Morse’s record for touchdowns in a game. Marra led the Wildcats into the red zone but the team settled for a field goal. Marra’s six touchdown passes remained tied for a single-game record.

Marra also finished the game with a career-high 318 yards passing. The reigns were handed to sophomore Logan Brettell, who only attempted two passes, but ran seven times for 69 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown to put the Wildcats up 58-0 late in the third quarter.

“If we get both of those guys rolling, we have two different styles of offense to use, and Logan is ready to play at any moment,” head coach Mike Grossner said. “He brings his feet to the game with the zone read and the quarterback draw, and he can throw the football. He’s not like your typical runner.”

Brettell was not the only backup to come into the game, as most of the second and third teams saw some playing time in the second half, much to the delight of Grossner.

“We’re glad we were able to get our starters off the field because the heat was unreal today,” Grossner said.

Sophomore Ladai Shawn Boose once again led the team in receiving with 77 yards on three catches, and sophomore Clarence Clark scored his first touchdown since coming back from an injury that cost him almost all of the 2014 season. Another sophomore, Cornell Brown, had his best game as a Wildcat, catching two passes for 59 yards, both for scores.

”All week we had to come out with focus,” Grossner said. “We knew after beating Grand View we still had a lot to prove.”

Baker’s offense showed focus with 562 total yards of offense, its highest total since 2008. Junior running back Adonis Powell, the Wildcats’ leading returning rusher, scored his first touchdown of the year on a 21-yard scamper. He had another 25-yard touchdown wiped out by a penalty.

On the other side of the ball, BU showed just as much focus, forcing six turnovers and recording its first shutout since a 41-0 win over Graceland University Sept. 27, 2014. The defense maintained the shutout for Baker with mostly the second and third string playing the second half.

Senior linebacker Tucker Pauley, who had two of the Wildcats’ six picks on the day, knew that the defense got into the psyche of quarterback Chris Swingle.

“When you can pick off three balls right from the start, they know you’re there, and the quarterback becomes conscious throwing the ball,” Pauley said.

Swingle was taken out of the game after four interceptions, being replaced by Matt Gunterman. CSC collectively went 19-46 for 216 yards. The other Wildcats drove into the red zone in their final three drives but turned the ball over on downs twice and threw an interception.

The BU Wildcats will make their home opener at 6 p.m. this Saturday, taking on new conference foe William Penn University. The Statesmen are 2-0 on the year, most recently defeating MidAmerica Nazarene University in triple overtime, 51-48.