Baker running back Mark Green activated two stealth weapons on Saturday.
One was Green's passing ability, revealed for the first time on Saturday.
Green threw a 22-yard touchdown strike to Gary Greenwood in Baker's 56-29 victory over William Jewell in Liberty, Mo.
Although it was Green's first pass of the season, he said he had been working on his throwing all week.
"Gary and I just stayed after practice every day and we didn't tell anyone and we came out here and felt pretty good about it," said Green. "I got the ball and broke one tackle and I saw Gary's guy come up on me. Once I saw his guy come up I just launched it and just hoped that I didn't throw it too far."
GREENWOOD CAUGHT the ball in the back of the end zone and the reception gave Baker a 14-0 first-quarter lead.
Running the football is what earned Green the Heart of America Conference offensive player of the year award, however, and he showcased that ability on Saturday, too.
Green rushed for 176 yards and two touchdowns and was named the offensive player of the game.
"It's funny, when we came into the hotel on Friday we found a newspaper that said how (Jewell QB) Shane Davolt deserved the offensive player of the year and that the only reason he didn't get it was because he's a sophomore," Green said.
Davolt completed 20 of 41 passes for 354 yards Saturday, but he threw three first-half interceptions. Two of those misguided passes were returned for touchdowns.
"I think we came out to make a statement and that's just what we did. We showed them that we are the best team in the conference."
WHILE GREEN'S throwing ability was a secret weapon, he and backfield partner Alex McAfee have off-the-field weapon as well.
"Before our last game at Bethany we bought these little footballs at Wal-Mart and wrote some things on them about how we had worked so hard and all that, and it worked for Alex versus Bethany," Green said.
McAfee rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns and was named the offensive player of the Bethany game.
"So this game we did the same thing the night before the game and it worked for me this time so we'll have to try it again next week," Green added.
Next stop for Baker (10-1) on the playoff trial is an NAIA Div. II semifinal against Peru, Neb., State on Saturday in Omaha. Kickoff is 1 p.m. at Caniglia Field on the Nebraska-Omaha campus.