Griffons delivers a blow out on family weekend
By Albert Shelby
September 15, 2013
The Griffons improve to 2-0 Saturday night after a 63-3 routing of the Missouri S&T Miners.
The Miners made it a competitive game in the beginning of the first quarter, but it became apparent that the undersized Miners would fall short.
Western’s defense played a dominant game and the defensive line followed up with a dominant performance in the trenches.
Safety Marc Harrison came up with a big interception in the first quarter and set the Griffons up for an 11-yard touchdown run by quarterback Travis Partridge.
Running back Raphael Spencer made his impact in the game early. Spencer ran for 30-yard touchdown run in the closing minutes of the first and was also able to break a 41-yard touchdown run in the beginning of the second quarter.
“It came down to execution,” Spencer said. “We preached it all week and me and TP (Travis Partridge), we’ve got a good thing going over here.”
Up 21-0 in the second quarter, the Griffons would not let up and proved it on a block punt.
Defensive lineman reserve Mackenzie Wischmann blocked a punt that was recovered by linebacker Darrian Bass for a six-yard punt return for a touchdown.
The Miners were able to go into half down 3-35, but the game would only become more difficult for S&T to compete.
Right out of the gate, Partridge was able to connect with wide out Dee Tolliver on a 34-yard touchdown pass. Griffons up, 42-3.
Head coach Jerry Partridge felt the team played well from start to finish. He was happy to see that they were able to move the ball on the ground so well.
“I think that we were just physically better,” Coach Partridge said. “We probably would have thrown the ball more if it was a closer ball game. We kind of took the air out of them.”
Quarterback Partridge felt that the Miners gave them a fight and they would not go down easily, especially on the defensive side.
“We knew we had better players,” Partridge said. “We knew that we had better athletes and we just had to take care of business. That defense gave us some problems because they kept bringing people but we played well.”
His father agreed with him.
“They did good bringing some blitzes,” Coach Partridge said. “They brought some people off the corners and we did not do a good a job picking up blitz.”
The Griffons finished the game with two 100-yard rushers. Raphael Spencer had 113 yards with two touchdowns, while back-up Tra Brown had a career day with 111 yards and two touchdowns of his own. Lineman Brody Berrie was the defensive leader with nine tackles, including a sack for the loss of seven yards.