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Baker balanced in 28-19 win over Culver-Stockton

October 19, 2003

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— Baker University football coach John Frangoulis knew it would take all-around efficiency for his Wildcats to beat Culver-Stockton, and that's exactly what happened Saturday night at Liston Stadium.

Running back Jon Reeves rushed for 179 yards.

Quarterback Blake Pearson hooked up with Calvin Alford for a long touchdown pass.

Baker's special teams forced two fumbles in the first half.

The defense added three sacks and a touchdown.

It all added up to a 28-19 Baker victory.

"We knew we had to play very well in all areas to beat this football team because they've got a good one," Frangoulis said. "This gives us back-to-back wins, and we feel great about it."

Baker (3-3) received an early boost from its special teams. After going three-and-out on its first possession, Culver-Stockton's punt returners collided, causing a fumble. Tyler Hibler recovered for Baker, setting up Gerrad Speer's one-yard scoring dive.

Culver-Stockton (3-4) needed a three-play, 64-yard drive to answer one minute later, but Baker kept a 7-6 lead when Julian Parks blocked the extra point.

Baker running back Jon Reeves, right, tries to break loose from a
Culver-Stockton defender. Reeves gained 179 yards on 36 carries as
the Wildcats won, 28-19, Saturday night in Baldwin.

Baker running back Jon Reeves, right, tries to break loose from a Culver-Stockton defender. Reeves gained 179 yards on 36 carries as the Wildcats won, 28-19, Saturday night in Baldwin.

The Wildcats took a 14-6 lead late in the first quarter when Pearson connected with Alford on a 45-yard touchdown bomb. Jason Martinez' sack and another forced fumble by the special teams pinned Culver-Stockton deep in its own territory and prevented any scoring the rest of the first half.

A Baker fumble at its own three-yard line four minutes into the third quarter led to a quick Culver-Stockton touchdown. The Wildcats answered even quicker, as Reeves broke a 65-yard touchdown run on the second play from scrimmage.

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