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Baker-William Jewell matchup a classic

October 7, 2000

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Those papers flying out the window of Baker University football coach John Frangoulis' office this week were William Jewell's statistics.

Even though Jewell's record is 1-3 and Baker's is 3-1, stats usually mean little when these two long-time Heart of America Conference rivals clash.

"This is a big rivalry," Frangoulis said. "It'll be emotional regardless of the records."

Kickoff will be at 1:30 p.m. today at WJC's Greene Stadium.

Jewell's record is deceptive because two of the Cardinals' defeats were inflicted by MidAmerica Nazarene and Benedictine, two nationally ranked teams with a combined 9-0 record.

The Cards knocked off Missouri Valley, 37-34, in Marshall, Mo., last Saturday for their first victory.

Baker's lone defeat occurred two weeks ago at Graceland. BU fell, 24-21, with both of its running backs on the shelf.

Howard Verdell, who started at tailback in place of the injured Terence Spencer against Graceland, tore up a knee in the second quarter and has been lost for the season. Verdell is scheduled for a knee operation next week.

However, Spencer returned last Saturday and rushed for 152 yards in 31 carries as the Wildcats dropped Central Methodist, 28-14.

Spencer, a junior who transferred to Baker from a California junior college, isn't the Wildcats' only weapon, though.

Mackie Valentin, a senior wide receiver from Overland Park, caught 11 passes from quarterback Levi Shuck for 180 yards and two touchdowns last Saturday. Valentin has 23 catches to rank second in the league. He's averaging 109.2 receiving yards per game to lead conference receivers.

Baker will be back home next Saturday for a 1:30 p.m. contest with Culver-Stockton.

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