Baldwin City — John Babb’s 94-yard touchdown run capped a 24-point second-half run that sparked Baker University to a 41-16, season-opening football victory over No. 10 Ottawa on Saturday.
Baker had two big-play touchdowns in the first half — an 82-yard kickoff return by Tyler Hatcher and a 62-yard punt return by Reggie Harris and took a 17-16 lead into halftime.
“Our special teams was huge for us heading into halftime,” said head coach Mike Grossner. “The way we came out after halftime really showed just how special this group is.”
The second half was all Baker.
Baker rolled up 468 yards of total offense on the day and surrendered just 257.
Defensively, Baker junior Adam Steele had with two interceptions and 16 tackles. Junior linebacker Ryder Werts also recorded an interception.
Babb finished with 102 yards on the ground and one touchdown. Sophomore Scott Meyer finished with 21 carries for 131 yards with two touchdowns.
“We tired them out in the second half,” Babb said. “We knew all summer that our whole team was in pretty good shape. It was a great start to our season.”
Sophomore quarterback Jake Morse finished with 127 yards on 11-for-27 passing with one interception.