The Griffons head back to Spratt stadium Saturday in hopes of improving to 4-0 on the season against the Fort Hays State Tigers.
Fort Hays walks into this game looking for it’s first win of the season after starting 0-3.
The Tigers are coming off a 14-49 lost to Northwest State University and look to end it’s losing streak by beating the 6th ranked Griffons.
It has been a struggle early for quarterback Treveon Albert so far. Albert has already thrown six interceptions with only three passing touchdowns.
He will be going up against a stingy Western defense that had three interceptions in last week’s match up. Two of the picks where credited to cornerback Marcus Thompson.
On the defensive side for the Tigers, linebackers Justin McPhail and Shane Smith each lead the tigers with 26 tackles each, including two sacks coming from the hands of Mcphail.
Both players will look to hold a Griffons team that racked-up over 400 yards of total offense last Saturday against the Lopers.
Western has won its first 3 games on the season but have only beat one team in dominate fashion.
Running back, Raphael Spencer, said that his team is already at the point of the season where every game is critical, and every team will give them their best.
Spencer rushed for 171 yards last week against the Lopers.
“My mindset going into the next game is to keep the streak alive,” Spencer said. “I want to help make offense get better as a whole.”
Spencer noted that in order to accomplish what they did last year, his team couldn’t take games off, especially in the MIAA conference.
Quarterback Travis Partridge is coming off a solid game last week that saw him throw for 277 and two touchdowns.
Partridge will be without one of his key receivers, Tyron Crockom, for not only this game but also possibly the season.
Last week, Crockom suffered a broken arm after being tackled out of bounds on a receiving play.
Crockom was in his senior season here at Western and was one of the veteran receivers on the team. He was one of Partridge’s favorite targets in critical stages of games.
Tight end Reggie Jordan, another highly targeted receiver, noted that he has to be on top of his game for the rest of the season as well.
Jordan said that being back home would make its impact once Saturday’s game comes around.
“We can’t take Fort Hays for granted,” Jordan said. “They are looking for a win and would love to come to Spratt and put on a show if we are not prepared.”
“It’s always a good feeling to play at home around these great fans we have.”