Baldwin If there is an ideal record-setter for the Baker football record books, none could be better than Tim Sheldon.
Sheldon, a 6-0, 190-pound senior quarterback, has set the Wildcats' records for career total yards and passing yards in the past two weeks.
"It didn't hit me until this week," Sheldon said. "I knew I was within reach of the records by the end of last season, but I didn't realize I'd reach them this early in the season. I didn't know I had the passing record until I was standing on the sidelines and heard it over the intercom.
"But I tell you what, I'd rather not have the records I have and trade them for wins against the two teams we've lost against this year."
Sheldon has been quarterback the past two years. The Baldwin native started his collegiate career at Fort Scott Community College, but returned home where he led the Bulldogs to the Kansas 4A state championship game his senior year.
"It's exciting to have the records set in my home town," Sheldon said. "It's great to have personal goals, but team victories come first. But with both the personal and team achievements coming here in Baldwin has made it more special."
Sheldon currently has 4,197 passing yards, eclipsing Mike Baggs' mark of 3,954 two weeks ago in a 51-13 victory over Evangel. He also broke Ed Lierz's career total offensive yardage record of 4,727 yards last Saturday.
"The option has given me a chance to run and throw the ball," Sheldon said. "That has helped keep defenses off balance and helped our offense be more effective."
Sheldon has 4,793 yards and is closing in on a third BU record. He has 38 career touchdown passes, four shy of Baggs' career record.
"The records are a great tribute to the receivers and the offensive linemen who have played here," Sheldon said. "If it wasn't for them, none of that stuff would have happened."
Sheldon has been a beneficiary of Baker's conversion from a running to a passing team. Two career reception records also have been set by Gary Greenwood and Jimmie Rose.
"I never thought in my life in Baldwin that Baker would ever go to a passing game," Sheldon said. "The other teams in the league didn't believe we were going to pass and that was to our advantage last year. Fortunately, its worked out for the best for everyone."
Sheldon has led the 16th-ranked Wildcats to a 6-2 record this year and in contention for their second consecutive Heart-Of-America conference title.
"All of the records and stats are nice, but my goal is to win the national championship."
Baker will play Mid-America Nazarene at 2 p.m. Saturday at Liston Stadium.