Wildcats score 89 in win over Culver-Stockton


Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

The No. 5 Baker Wildcats put together a record-breaking day in an 89-27 beatdown of Culver-Stockton College on Saturday afternoon at Liston Stadium. Baker improved to 2-0 with the win and broke a 96-year old school record in the process.

“I think we have the best defense in the country, and I believe we have the best offense in the country,” junior quarterback Logan Brettell said.

The 1920 Baker football team put together an incredible win over Bethel College, scoring 115 points and shutting out the Threshers. The 2016 Baker football team broke the record for points scored in a single half by putting up 75 points in the first 30 minutes of Saturday’s victory. Baker scored 10 touchdowns in the first half and the starters played only two drives into the second quarter.

Brettell also had a record-setting day with seven touchdown passes in the first 21 minutes. Brettell finished 18-for-19 passing for 329 yards.

“He was almost perfect — he missed one,” Grossner said, jokingly. “I told his dad down there that we can improve.”

Brettell broke the record that last year’s quarterback Nick Marra tied against Culver-Stockton in Baker’s 58-0 win in week two of 2015. Brettell’s quarterback coach, and former Baker quarterback Jake Morse, also shared a piece of the now-broken six-touchdown game record.

“Seven in one half is unbelievable,” Grossner said.

The Wildcats scored touchdowns in every drive of Brettell’s start and made it look easy with touchdown plays of 51, 15, 54, 77, 21, 9 and 6 yards. Junior Clarence Clark also set a school record on Saturday by catching his 27th career touchdown pass on the game’s second play. The Wildcats led 21-6 three minutes and four seconds into the game.

Clark, junior Cornell Brown, senior Quanzee Johnson and freshman Nazayah Brown all caught touchdown passes from Brettell. Cornell Brown and Johnson each had two, making Brettell’s job easy.

“It’s a great problem to have when I have five guys out there that can score at any time,” Brettell said.

Johnson caught four passes for 57 yards in his short time on the field and picked up his fifth receiving touchdown in a Baker uniform.

“Quanzee is an amazing athlete,” Brettell said. “I love Quanzee because he’s one of those playmakers who can go up and catch and score, but he can also go out and block better than anybody out there. He’s an unselfish player and I love that about him.”

The Baker defense also rolled through Culver-Stockton after giving up a touchdown on a broken play in CSC’s second drive. Senior cornerback Avery Parker intercepted Culver’s quarterback Matt Gunterman just before the end of the first quarter to put Baker up 44-6.

“That’s my favorite type of interception,” Parker said. “As a secondary we’re more athletic this year. We’ve got more speed. I’m excited about our secondary and our team in general.”

Baker played the final 40 minutes of the game with the second and third-string offense and defense. Senior quarterback Adam Lomenick passed for 174 and two touchdowns before the offense slowed down to prevent themselves from running up the score.

“I don’t look at them as backups, I look at them as depth,” Grossner said. “I think they can all play. We’ve got eight guys in the secondary that can play.”

Baker’s offense totaled 665 yards (535 passing, 130 rushing) and put together one of the biggest scoring games in school history. Through two games the Wildcats have scored 125 points. Grossner and Brettell credit the offensive line for the success of the passing game through the first two games.

“The unsung heroes right now are the offensive linemen, and Logan will attest to this,” Grossner said. “I don’t think he’s been sacked.”

“I’ve gone two games in a row without getting a bruise,” Brettell said. “These offensive linemen have been absolutely phenomenal. They don’t get the credit for touchdowns but they should.”

Baker has outscored Culver-Stockton 147-27 in their last two meetings and the Wildcats start the season 2-0 for the sixth consecutive season.

The Wildcats will play their first road game at 11 a.m. next Saturday at William Penn in Oskaloosa, Iowa. The Statesmen are 0-2 on the season after losing to Missouri Valley 8-7 in week one and to MidAmerica Nazarene 22-21 on Saturday. Baker beat William Penn 48-13 last season in Baldwin City and dominated WPU’s triple-option offense.

“Year after year we do great against triple-option teams,” Parker said. “It’s one of the easier offenses we play against because (defensive coordinator Jason Thoren) makes it so simple for us.”

Saturday’s game will be broadcast on ESPN3 as the Heart of America Athletic Conference’s Game of the Week. It can be heard on 89.7 FM in Baldwin City or online at www.knbufm.com/player.