Griffon Football hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2007, which resulted in a loss to Truman. This time, Missouri Western stands a good chance, but for other reasons not related to football.
On-campus organizations are in full support of Griffon Football. Earlier this week, the Student Government Association bought 300 tickets for students to claim for free. This generous gesture will draw more people to the game against Northwest Missouri State. Because of community support from organizations like SGA, Northwest will most likely face another defeat.
Residential Life is also doing their part in supporting Griffon football. Normally, residents are required to move out on the Friday before Thanksgiving. This year Residential Life has been gracious enough to let resident stays an extra day to support the Griffons in their battle against their rival, the Northwest Bearcats.
Even with a win against Northwest under their belt from two weeks ago, the Griffons still need their fan base to come out and support them. Considering Western has never hosted a playoff game, this gives students an opportunity to see something phenomenal.
With that said, Western has also never won a playoff game. With three chances in the past, last year Western lost to rival Northwest. It won’t take a miracle for the Griffons to beat the Bearcats; they’ve already done it this year. What it will take, though, is community support from students, Western Alum and citizens of St. Joseph.