The Griffons made the trip to the Mecca of football in the MIAA conference as they took on Northwest Missouri State University in what would become a shoot out. The Griffons have not tasted victory against northwest since 2003, when they won in overtime at Spratt Stadium. Would Saturday leave the Griffons taste buds for victory still salivating?
Sophomore quarterback, Drew Newhart, came out with guns ablazing as Western jumped out to a two touchdown lead. Westernâ€™s defense held the Bearcats on fourth down on their very first offensive drive, deep into Griffon territory. Newhart and the Western offense sustained a solid drive concluded by a 15 yard scramble into the promise land as Newhart waltzed in for a touchdown, after the Bearcats turned the ball over on downs. Then the Bearcats would score a touchdown with 10 seconds left in the first quarter bringing them within a touchdown of the Griffons.
â€œBearcats, you have a problemâ€, in the form of a 6â€™0 180 lb junior wide receiver by the name of Cedric â€˜the jetâ€™ Houston. The Bearcats would quickly tie the ball game up at the start of the 2nd quarter with a great kickoff return concluded with a one yard touch down plunge. Then, the gun slinger Newhart would connect with an 82 yard strike to the speedy Houston for a touchdown, to pull the Griffons ahead 21-14. With a short field to work with, the Bearcats would take full advantage and punch it in for another touchdown. However, the extra point would not be so easy this time as the Griffons special teams would block the point after attempt, leaving the Griffons with a one point lead entering the halfway point.
â€œWe are not surprised one bit by the play of Cedric Houston. The guy has a very unique and amazing talent,â€ Andrew Mead enthusiastically stated.
Houston is quickly catching the eye of many, especially his quarterback, as they hooked up for two touchdowns and well over 100 yards receiving.
â€œHe is fast and has great hands,â€ Newhart proclaimed.
The second half was not so kind to Coach Jerry Partridge and his Griffons as they would watch their lead slowly dwindle. Late in the fourth quarter, the Bearcats would show why they have been the power house of the MIAA with two key interceptions. The Bearcats would capitalize on the Griffon turnovers to catapult them to a very much needed victory. The final score of 42-35 would see the Bearcats victorious yet another time, bringing the all time record to 18-10 in favor of Northwest.
After a loss of this magnitude, it makes one wonder if the Griffons havenâ€™t backed themselves into a corner early in this young season. The positive outlook to a 1-2 start is that indeed it is still very early in the season. It wonâ€™t get any easier for the Griffonsas they welcome the Pittsburg State Gorillas to Spratt Stadium, Sept. 20, at 6:00 p.m.