The Western football men celebrated their ninth win beneath the victory tree just outside of Spratt Stadium.
The Griffs defeated Fort Hays State 24-10 last Saturday afternoon. The Griffons now cart a record of 9-1 overall, and 7-1 in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. Fort Hays falls to 1-9 overall, and 1-7 in the MIAA.
Head Coach Jerry Partridge feels that even though the offensive line is a little bruised due to the fact that several key players have gone down with injuries, they are learning how to patch the line and win games.
â€œThe weaponry we have on offense [we] could play with anyone in America,â€ Partridge said. â€œThe problem at this moment, weâ€™re letting everyone in America play with us.â€
Westernâ€™s offense proved its power by marching down the field to score two touchdowns within the early stages of the first quarter. Senior Jamison Burns picked up 65 rushing yards on nine carries, and the first two touchdowns for the Griffs, while Senior Jeremiah White picked up 105 yards on 17 carries.
All-American White surpassed the 1,000 yard rushing mark for the second time.
FHSU was limited to one field goal at the end of the half, which left the score at 14-3.
Fort Hays and Western came back with into the game with victory aspirations. It was Western who was able to succeed with those dreams. Senior Jarrett Brooks brought in a touchdown in the fourth quarter, but not before freshman Dustin Strickler kicked a 31-yard field goal in the latter part of the third quarter.
With only 18 seconds left in the game Fort Hays was unable to leave the score 24-3. In one final attempt, FHSU penetrated the defense and brought the score to its final.
Burns feels that it is an exciting feeling to have nine wins, which is something that Western has not b done before in a regular season.
â€œItâ€™s an exciting thing to see that weâ€™re all coming together and weâ€™re winning,â€ Burns said. â€œThatâ€™s crazy to me. Iâ€™m just still taking it all in.â€
While Burns and the team are still accepting the fact they have nine wins, it is time to focus on small obstacles.
The Griffs will take to the road this Saturday, and travel to Topeka, Kan. for a Washburn face-off scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Western will fight for its winning record, and a chance to bring the playoffs to Westernâ€™s turf.