No. 22 Wildcats Take Down Peru State on Saturday, 41-14
Football – Sat, Sep. 28, 2019 at 9:25 PM
Peru State College
PERU, Neb. – On a rain filled afternoon, the No. 22 Baker football team was able to defeat Peru State College on Saturday by score of 41-14.
“I thought we played great defense today and were physical up front on offense,” head coach Jason Thoren stated. “I was proud of how we came out of the locker room after a two-hour delay. We had great energy and enthusiasm. That was the story of the game.”
Nigil Graves-Houston led the Wildcats’ running game on Saturday, picking up 150 yards on 21 carries, while reaching the endzone twice. Marco Aguinaga completed 11 passes in the game for 156 yards and one touchdown, connecting with Sam Huckabee seven times for 135 yards and a touchdown.
Mikeice Adams collected a game-high 11 tackles on the afternoon, while recovering a fumble and returning it for a touchdown. Mosi Tongafoa also recovered a fumble on the day, while Bryson Briggs came away with the team’s only interception. As a team, Baker had 10 tackles for loss on the day with Joshua Moore leading the way with 2.5.
After both teams punted on their first drives of the game, Brody Flaming forced a fumble and Tongafoa recovered it at the Peru State 34-yard line. On the fourth play of the drive, Graves-Houston found the endzone from 10 yards out to give Baker a 7-0 lead with 7:31 left in the first quarter.
After multiple drives by both teams, the Bobcats fumbled again and this time, Adams picked it up and ran it 49 yards to the house to extend Baker’s lead to 14-0.
With 9:23 left in the half, Baker took over and put together a strong 12-play drive capped off by a four-yard run by Angelo Plakio with 4:28 left in the half, pushing the Wildcat lead to 21-0. Late in the first half, the game went in to a lightning delay sending both teams to the locker room.
After being delayed for over two hours, the weather cleared and both teams took the field and after running two plays hit halftime with Baker leading, 21-0. Baker got the ball to start the second half and picked up right where they left off as Graves-Houston broke off a 57-yard touchdown run to quickly push the lead to 28-0 in the second half.
The Wildcat defense then forced another punt from the Bobcats and Baker was able to strike quickly again as Aguinaga found Huckabee for an 82-yard TD reception, giving Baker their largest lead of the game, 35-0.
With 23 seconds left in the third quarter, the Bobcats lined up for a field goal, which was blocked by Grant Elston. With the ball still on the ground, the Bobcats picked it up and ran it into the endzone for a touchdown, giving Peru State their first points of the game, cutting the lead to 35-7.
Peru State was able to find the endzone again with 3:52 left in the game, but Baker responded with a two-yard touchdown run from Cameron Young to push the lead back to 41-14.
Baker went on to win the game, 41-14 and moves to 3-2 overall on the season. They will be in action again on Saturday, Oct. 5, on Homecoming Weekend when they host Clarke University inside Liston Stadium at 1 p.m.
Published at Sun, 29 Sep 2019 02:25:00 +0000