Archive for Sunday, September 19, 1999

BAKER

September 19, 1999

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St. Charles, Mo. -- Sometimes it is better to be fortunate than

good. Baker University's football team was a little bit of both Saturday night as it came from behind to defeat No. 11-ranked Lindenwood University 14-13 at Hunter Stadium.

Down 13-0 at halftime, Baker converted two Lindenwood miscues into

touchdowns in the second half to claim the victory.

Despite totaling only 210 yards total offense, Baker's offensive unit scored on two short touchdown drives that added up to 54 yards.

"This is a tremendous win for our football team," Baker coach John Frangoulis said. "I don't think we could have stunk the place up more in the first half. If we had continued to play that way, this could have been a real butt kicking. However, our kids came out in the second half and played their hearts out. They did a heck of a job against an excellent football team."

Much of the credit for the win could go to the Wildcat defensive and specialty units. Baker held the Lions, who had 420 yards offense in last week's game against Culver-Stockton, to 158 yards of total offense and forced a pair of interceptions.

In addition, Baker's special teams also came through, forcing a blocked punt and a fumble on a kickoff.

"Our defense came through with another outstanding effort tonight," Frangoulis said. "Lindenwood is a good offensive football team, and our guys kept making play after play on defense. We also concentrate on our special teams, and it showed tonight."

Things looked fairly bleak for Baker, down 13-0, when BU quarterback David

Ewers was picked off by Lindenwood free safety Bobby Bass for the second

time on the day with just over five minutes remaining in the third quarter.

Starting at their own 26-yard line, Lindenwood looked poised to take

advantage of the turnover when running back Marceo Haywood ran for gains of

five and nine yards. On the next two plays, however, Baker~{!/~}s defense

put the clamps on Haywood, who compiled 125 yards on 25 carries, to force a

third-and-13 from the Lindenwood 37. Following an incompletion by Lion

quarterback Trent Despain, Lindenwood was forced to punt. A high snap,

however, doomed the Lion punter, whose attempt was snuffed out by a Wildcat

punt rush at the 18-yard line.

~{!0~}We had a block on and we were sending 10 guys after that punt,~{!1~}

Frangoulis said. ~{!0~}The snap was high, and that helped us get to

it.~{!1~}

From there, junior quarterback Levi Shuck, who split time with Ewers during

the game, took the reins and hit wideout Mackie Valentin for a nine-yard

completion. Fullback Kalon Sales then registered the first ~{!/~}Cat

touchdown of the evening as he rambled in from nine yards out with 2:43 left

in the first quarter.

Following a made extra-point attempt, Baker kick Brant Brittingham squib

kicked then ensuing kickoff, which was fumbled and recovered by BU~{!/~}s

Thomas Jefferson at the Lindenwood 30. After a defensive offsides call and

an eight-yard by Sales, Baker turned the ball back over to the Lions when

Sales fumbled the ball at the Lindenwood 15.

The Wildcats recovered quickly, however, as BU cornerback Mark Emry tipped

Despain~{!/~}s overthrown pass attempt to Jefferson on second down. That put

the Wildcat offense in scoring position at the Lion 36-yard line with 42

ticks left in the third.

A third down defensive interference call on a pass attempt from Ewers to

wide receiver Eric Sherpe then moved Baker to 15. Ewers hit Valentin for a

10-yard completion to force first-and-goal from the five with 14:48 left.

Sixteen seconds later, Sales scored on a five-yard touchdown run.

Brittingham then added the extra-point to make the score 14-13.

Baker~{!/~}s defense then held the Lions to one first down for the rest of

the fourth quarter, and preserved the victory by forcing an interception and

four consecutive incompletion on Lindenwood~{!/~}s last two offensive

series.

Baker, 1-1, will host Graceland next Saturday in its homecoming at

Liston Stadium. Kickoff is 2 p.m.

Baker 14, Lindenwood 13

Baker 0 0 7 7 ~{!*~} 14

Lindenwood 10 3 0 0 ~{!*~} 13

LU ~{!*~} Dante Buscaglia 44 field goal.

LU ~{!*~} Marceo Haywood 13 run (Buscaglia kick).

LU ~{!*~} Buscaglia 36 field goal.

BU ~{!*~} Kalon Sales 9 run (Brant Brittingham kick).

BU ~{!*~} Sales 5 run (Brittingham kick).

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