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  • Courtesy photo Saint Francis Na'Shawn Lewis celebrates a play during Saturday's NAIA championship game against Baker (Kansas) at Daytona Beach, Florida.

  • Courtesy photo Saint Francis coach Kevin Donley won his second NAIA title, his firt with the Cougars, with a 38-17 win over Baker (Kansas) on Saturday at Daytona Beach, Florida.

  • Courtesy photo Saint Francis receiver Zach Gegner leaps for the ball during Saturday's NAIA championship game against Baker (Kansas) at Daytona Beach, Florida.

  • Courtesy photo Saint Francis running back Justin Green tries to turn the corner against the Baker defense during Saturday's NAIA championship game at Daytona Beach, Florida.

  • Courtesy photo The Saint Francis offense gets ready to run a play against Baker (Kansas) during Saturday's NAIA championship game at Daytona Beach, Florida.

  • Courtesy photo Saint Francis defender Piercen Harnish makes a tackle during Saturday's NAIA championship game against Baker (Kansas) at Daytona Beach, Florida.

  • Courtesy photo Saint Francis running back Justin Green takes off on a long run during Saturday's NAIA championship game against Baker (Kansas) at Daytona Beach, Florida.

Saturday, December 17, 2016 7:54 pm

Scenes from Cougars' championship

Greg Jones | The Journal Gazette

DAYTONA BEACH – Saint Francis won the NAIA football championship, beating Baker (Kansas) 38-17 on Saturday at Municipal Stadium.

The No. 4 Cougars (13-1) won their first NAIA title in the school’s fourth all-time appearance in the title game.

Saint Francis finished as runner-up in 2004-06.

The No. 2 Wildcats (14-1) was playing in the school’s second all-time appearance in the title game, finishing second in 1986.

The only other time the two teams had previously met was in the opener of the NAIA playoffs in 2012 when Saint Francis beat Baker 22-17.

With the title game win, Saint Francis coach Kevin Donley improved to 302-129-1 all-time in 38 years of coaching, including 188-44 in 19 years with the Cougars.

Donley previously won the NAIA title in 1991 with Georgetown, Kentucky.