KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Playing under the bright lights of Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday night as part of the 2014 NAIA Gridiron Challenge at Arrowhead, the No. 19-ranked Raven football team went toe-to-toe with No. 2 Baker University.
In the end, the upset bid by Benedictine (3-3, 2-2 Heart) fell short as Baker (6-0, 4-0 Heart) held off a last-minute push by the Ravens to earn a 27-21 win.
Benedictine rushed for 203 yards off 51 carries on Saturday, the most yards allowed on the ground this season by Baker's No. 18-ranked rushing defense.
Running back Tyler Henness finished with 152 yards off 31 carries with a touchdown to also wrack up the most individual rushing yards surrendered by the Baker defense this season.
After the Wildcats struck first, Benedictine scored two straight touchdowns to take a 14-7 lead over Baker.
The Ravens took the lead for the first time early in the second quarter when Henness scored on a two-yard rush.
Baker finished with a 10-point second quarter scoring effort to take a 17-14 lead into halftime.
The Wildcats used another 10-point effort in the third quarter to pull ahead of the Ravens before Benedictine capped off the scoring with the games lone fourth-quarter touchdown.
Harmyk hit Christian Haack on a 34-yard pass with seven minutes and 26 seconds remaining in the game to pull Benedictine within six but that would be all the Ravens would get as the Wildcats held off two late fourth-quarter drives by Benedictine to earn the win.
Harmyk finished with 161 yards of 10 completions while Haack added 94 yards off five receptions.
Defensively, Benedictine held Baker 78 yards under their season average as they limited the Wildcats to 103 yards on the ground and 207 yards through the air.
Linebacker Josh Montgomery anchored the Raven defensive effort with a career-high 17 tackles, which included 10 solo tackles. His effort established a new single-game conference high through six games. Jordan Colonius added eight tackles, which included one for a loss of 11 yards.
Benedictine returns home Saturday for a 1 p.m. game against Peru State College.