Baker Beaten by the Schwartz
- Monday, November 03, 2003
On Saturday, Nov. 1, Benedictine (7-2) faced off against one of their oldest rivals - Baker University (3-5). The match up didn’t disappoint as the game was even after three periods until BC finally pulled out the 17-7 victory.
The first half went scoreless thanks to a combination of anemic offensives and big plays by both defensive squads. Both teams had opportunities to put points on the board but failed to cash in on key situations.
Things changed in the third quarter. After receiving the kickoff to open the half BC promptly drove 70 yards on seven plays and scored on a 9-yard pass from Fran Johnson to Richard Harris. Johnson connected on 11-of-23 for 115 yards and the touchdown while rushing for 47 yards on nine attempts. Harris followed up a solid performance against Avila with three receptions for 31 yards against Baker.
Baker bounced right back with a 13-play, 79-yard drive on the ensuing series knotting the score at 7-7.
In the fourth quarter Baker finally yielded to BC thanks to two key turnovers.
Adam Hutzell recovered a Baker fumble inside the Baker 40-yards line. The fumble set up an 18-yard field goal for kicker Billy Schafer putting BC up 10-7.
Then with just under seven minutes left in the game Brock Schwartz punted a ball deep into Baker territory that was downed on the 1-yard line by Byron Mitchell-Hughey. Baker, despite the horrible field position, relentlessly orchestrated another drive and broke into Benedictine territory with just over three minutes left on the clock.
Crunch Time – and in crunch time great plays are made by great players. Once again ladies and gentlemen - Brock Schwartz.
Just as Baker was threatening for the go ahead touchdown Schwartz steps in front of a pass - for his second interception of the day - on the Benedictine 5-yard line. With an escort of BC comrades Schwartz ran about 140 yards before he ran out of gas and was pulled down on the Baker 7-yard line for an official 88-yard return.
On the very next play John Willits punched the ball into the end zone sealing another BC win over Baker University.
This week the Ravens square off against the high-powered offense of Culver-Stockton College. CSC has the second best scoring offense in the conference and will look to make the scoreboard ding as their Sega-football offense matches up against a defense that has become the foundation of BC’s success.