Wildcats defeat Graceland

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Wildcats defeat Graceland

Story by Makenzie Musgrove, Sports Editor

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After a tough loss to Grandview last week, the Wildcats got back on track with a big win over the Graceland University Yellow Jackets.

The Wildcats went ahead on the first drive after a 77-yard run for a touchdown by running back JD Woods. On Graceland’s first offense drive Mikeice Adams picked off a pass from the Graceland quarterback and returned it all the way for the touchdown.

Freshman kicker, Ethan Barnard nailed the extra point to quickly take the score to 14-0. Once again on the next drive Baker scored after an 85-yard drive by a one yard run to push the score to 21-0 heading into the second quarter.

Aguinaga said, “to score so quickly was a real confidence boost that me and the team needed after last week and we used that confidence and never looked back.”

The Wildcats went on to add four more touchdowns in the second quarter. Two of those touchdowns came off of passes from Baker quarterback Marco Aguinaga to wide receiver, Sam Huckabee. The wildcats held a 49-0 lead heading into halftime.

Baker would go on to add three more touchdowns in the second half to make the score 70-0 before conceding on a touchdown by Graceland after the Yellow Jackets scored after a 75-yard offensive drive. However, the Yellow Jackets couldn’t convert on the extra point making the score 70-6, which would remain the final score.

This offensive explosion was what Baker needed after being held without a touchdown by Grandview University at Liston Stadium in the home opener. Marco Aguinaga had a very impressive stat line with only three incompletions going 18-21 for 215 yards through the air.

Aguinaga said, “It really was a team win. Look at how many guys scored tonight. And don’t forget about the defense either.

They held Graceland to just one touchdown and they didn’t even get it until the fourth quarter.” JD Woods also posted an impressive stat line running for 173 yards on only 12 carries to average 14.4 yards per carry while adding two touchdowns. Aguinaga is looking forward to playing back at Liston Stadium in front of the home crowd.

The Wildcats will look to ride this momentum into next Saturdays game against William Penn at Liston Stadium at 1 p.m., which also happens to be Baker University’s Family Weekend.