LIBERTY, MO. Baker siezed bragging rights and a 26-14 victory at arch-rival William Jewell Saturday afternoon.
The Wildcats amassed 449 total yards against the Cardinals, led by a 205-yard passing performance from quarterback Tim Sheldon. Sixth-ranked Baker remains atop the Heart of America Conference with an untarnished 5-0 record.
Baker's defense virtually stopped the 19th-ranked Cardinals' two primary threats in quarterback Shane Davolt and wide receiver Darin Hall. Davolt was limited to a seven-for-17 outing for 85 yards and four interceptions, while Hall finished with 45 yards.
"Our kids concentrated on containing Davolt and Hall," said Baker head coach Charlie Richard. "Our kids went out and played exceptionally hard and smart."
DEFENSIVE BACK Scott Catlin provided excellent coverage against Hall, intercepting Davolt twice to halt threatening Cardinal drives.
"Another thing that helped us was we were all up in front," Richard said, "but Scottie was on him like a glove. Catlin played a great game, because Hall's a great receiver and he's the primary target. Scott's assignment was Hall and we're proud of the job he did."
The Wildcats marched with ease against Jewell in the first half, but produced little results. After opening the game with three successive drives inside the Cardinals' 20-yard line, Baker could only muster a Clint Thezan 42-yard field goal.
"We moved and controlled the ball exceptionally well," Richard said. "One of the things we wanted to do was use the short passing game and the running game, but when we'd get around that 15-yard line, we'd get a holding call or make a mistake."
BAKER FINALLY tallied a touchdown after Graham Wiley picked off Davolt at the Cardinal 23, setting up a one-yard Sheldon touchdown run.
The Cardinals didn't hesitate to retaliate, scoring a touchdown on the ensuing drive featuring a 43-yard Davolt run.
"He hurt us on the option some," stated Richard. "That was one thing we worked on stopping the second half and we did a better job of doing that."
The Wildcats owned the second half, dominating Jewell with 207 second-half yards compared to the Cardinals' 92.
"We struggled in the first half," said running back Melvin Rasberry. "But we came out and proved we're a team that doesn't mess around. Everybody just stuck together and worked as a team."
Baker will host Culver-Stockton next Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Liston Stadium.
"We've got to line up every week in this conference," Richard said. "Culver-Stockton played Benedictine closer than anyone we've played and they're next."
B FG Clint Thezan 42
B Tim Sheldon 1 run (Clint Thezan kick)
WJ Damon Fishback 7 pass from Shane Davolt (Steve Goodman kick)
B Jimmie Rose 5 pass from Sheldon (Thezan kick)
B Erik Dickkut 39 pass from Sheldon (kick failed)
B FG Thezan 32
WJ Jase Bradford 17 run (Goodman kick)