CANTON, Mo. -- Tom Sallay made sure to take in the sights and feelings of being back at Ellison Poulton Stadium on a Saturday afternoon.
Sallay, the first-year Culver-Stockton College football coach, is a 2001 graduate of the school. He was back on campus for a home football game for the first time since 2010.
"It was pretty cool looking around and remembering all the memories we had from gameday," said Sallay, who was hired in the offseason. "I learned a long time ago that before each game to take about two minutes to yourself to look around and figure out how important it is to you.
"You've worked too hard not to enjoy it at least for a little bit."
Baker didn't give Sallay the homecoming he wanted.
Baker, ranked No. 2 in the NAIA, scored touchdowns on its first two offensive snaps and scored a safety on C-SC's first offensive series to set the tone in a 67-7 rout in Heart of America Athletic Conference action.
"Things like that happen," Sallay said. "If they can score on two plays, so can we. We need to have that fighter's mentality that when we're in the corner, we have to figure out how to pop back."
The first half was a flurry of scores by Baker (3-0).
After returning the opening kickoff to the C-SC 36-yard line, running back J.D. Woods broke free for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. C-SC (0-3) started its drive at its own 12-yard line but went backwards. Quarterback Jalen Jones fumbled when he was hit in the end zone that resulted in a safety.
One play after the ensuing kickoff, Baker quarterback Logan Brettell hit a wide-open Clarence Clark down the left sideline for an 81-yard score and a 16-0 lead.
Baker led 51-7 at halftime and had the ball for just 7 minutes, 34 seconds.
"We got beat making a bunch of freshmen mistakes," Sallay said. "But I tell the guys we can't use that excuse much longer. We're going into our fourth game, and they aren't freshmen anymore. They're players."
C-SC's lone score came when Juan King hauled in an 18-yard touchdown pass from Jones with 14:26 remaining in the second quarter, which cut Baker's lead to 23-7. C-SC had 132 yards of offense and didn't commit a turnover in the first half.
"Us being able to move the ball early against their No. 1 group, which played in a national championship game last year, and they're pretty good this year ... we take positives like that," Sallay said. "We try to find positives and preach to our kids to look at that."
Baker racked up 781 total offensive yards, while C-SC had 289. Brettell completed 10 of 13 passes for 245 yards and had three touchdown passes. Woods had eight rushes for 133 yards and touchdown runs of 36 and 54 yards.
Jones was 10-for-28 passing with 106 yards and threw a touchdown and an interception.
Baker 67, Culver-Stockton 7
30 First downs 16
44-351 Rushes-yards 52-142
430 Passing yards 147
781 Total yards 289
19-30-1 Comp-Att-Int 14-34-1
0-0 Fumbles-lost 1-0
4-43 Penalties-yards 6-52
Baker 23 28 10 6--67
Culver-Stockton 0 7 0 0--7
B--J.D. Woods 36 run (Clarence Clark kick), 14:40
B--Clark 81 pass from Logan Brettell (Clark kick), 13:36
B--Clark 27 pass from Brettell (Clark kick), 6:07
C--Juan King 18 pass from Jalen Jones (Ben Workman kick), 14:26
B--Nate Pauly 8 run (Clark kick), 13:31
B--Pauly 24 run (Clark kick), 10:30
B--Woods 54 run (Clark kick), 8:49
B--Nick Snider 12 pass from Brettell (Clark kick), 6:28
B--Clark 39 field goal, 11:19
B--Lee Andrews 21 pass from Brandon Mueller (Abram Garcia), 0:31
B--Ronald Allen 63 run (kick failed), 14:26
RUSHING--Baker, Allen 19-139, Woods 8-133, Pauly 7-66, Justin Howard 4-6, Mueller 3-5, Kentav Williams 2-3, Brettell 1-(-1), C-SC, Nathan Barnes 14-65, Jones 19-53, Colson Stovall 9-21, Reggie Foster 4-12, King 1-2, Stephen Murphy 3-(-3), Korbin Marcus 2-(-8).
PASSING--Baker, Mueller 9-17-1-185, Brettell 10-13-0-245, C-SC, Jones 10-28-1-106, Marcum 4-6-0-41.
RECEIVING--Baker, Snider 6-43, Andrews 4-81, Mason McCormick 3-44, Clark 2-108, Tywonn Moss 2-84, Jason Meeker 1-52, Howard 1-8, C-SC, Irving Collier 4-55, King 4-35, Shane Ponder 1-14, Larry Starks 1-11, John Haman 1-11, Jordan Caoagdan 1-9, Barnes 1-7, Murphy 1-5.