SPRINGFIELD, MO. Off to its worst start in a decade, Baker University's struggling football team will face a rugged challenge today.
The Wildcats (0-3) will tangle with Evangel, the Heart of America Athletic Conference's top offensive team.
Kickoff will be at 6 p.m. at JFK Stadium.
Evangel (2-1) leads the conference in points per game (40), offensive yards (471.7 yards) and passing yards (316.3). The Crusaders are coming off a 41-18 romp against Avila.
Baker (0-3, 0-3) is coming off a 27-6 loss to William Jewell, the Wildcats' seventh consecutive loss.
Baker hasn't won since a 19-15 victory over Culver-Stockton midway through the 2004 season.
The Wildcats average 285.7 yards passing a game to rank second behind Evangel in the HAAC. Senior quarterback Brian Sheppard, averaging 176.3 yards passing, has completed 38 of 76 passes with five touchdowns and five interceptions.
Baldwin High product Micah Mason has 39 carries for 176 yards (4.5 yards a carry) to lead the Wildcats in rushing.
Senior linebacker Jeremiah Gress, a Free State High product, had a team-high 14 tackles against William Jewell.
Philip Weinmaster, a freshman defensive lineman from Free State High, was credited with 1.5 tackles for losses against Jewell.
Baker will entertain Central Methodist on Saturday.
Kickoff for the homecoming contest will be 2 p.m. at Liston Stadium.