Baker Football falls to William Penn University

The Wildcats football team hosted William Penn University Statesmen at Liston Stadium during Baker University’s Family Weekend.

The Wildcats started off strong, scoring midway through the first quarter with a 50-yard touchdown pass from Marco Aguinaga to Sam Huckabee. However, that would be the only touchdown for the Wildcats until late in the fourth quarter.

William Penn evened the score at 7-7 late in the first quarter after a 70-yard punt return by the Statesmen special teams after a Wildcats punt.

Late in the second quarter, Ethan Barnard nailed a 28-yard field goal to give the Wildcats a 10-7 lead going into halftime.

During halftime, it was announced that lightning struck nearby, and all the fans needed to evacuate the stadium. The lightning delay caused an extended halftime for the teams.

Coming out of the half, the Wildcats offense struggled to get any momentum going. The Wildcat defense held strong against the Statesman offense and caused a turnover as the Statesmen were threatening to score after a strong drive on the 25-yard line.

The Wildcat offense took over, but ended up fumbling the ball to give the possession right back to the Statesmen. After three quarters the score remained 10-7.

With five minutes left in the game, the Statesmen connected on a 19-yard touchdown pass to take the lead 14-10. Aguinaga’s pass was intercepted on the Wildcat’s next drive with approximately four minutes left on the clock.

The defense held and forced the Statesmen to punt, but failed to get a first down on the following offensive drive. The statesmen then extended their lead 21-10 after a three-yard touchdown run.

The Wildcats mounted a comeback in the last minute of the game with a touchdown pass coming from Aguinaga to Huckabee, for their second touchdown of the game, and converted a successful two-point conversion to make the score 21-18. However, the late touchdown would not be enough as the Statesmen picked up their first win of the season.

The Wildcats travel to Peru State College next weekend looking to pick up another win as their record fell to 2-2 after falling to the Statesmen.