Undefeated Griffons travel to Kearney
By Albert Shelby
September 21, 2013
The undefeated Griffons will be traveling to the University of Nebraska Kearney to square off against the Lopers for their Homecoming game.
The Lopers are coming off a 24-31 loss to the Hornets of Emporia State University and hope to get back on track after a rough start to the season.
Western will be taking another road trip after picking up 63-3 win against the Miners last Saturday.
Running Back Raphael Spencer wants his team to pick up where they left off and bring the same intensity into their next matchup.
Spencer is headed into the game with three rushing touchdowns and looks to add to his total.
“I showed only a blink of how explosive I can get against S&T,” Spencer said. “After watching film and being my hardest critic, I felt like that was the main thing I needed to work on for the next game.”
Spencer said that when his team executes the game plan, they are one of the toughest teams to beat in the country.
Tight end Reggie Jordan noted that this road trip would be new for most of the guys on the team this year. Last year, the Lopers traveled to Spratt Stadium, home of the Griffons.
“We have Kearney on the road, in unfamiliar territory,” Jordan said. “So we definitely have to be tuned in this week.”
Coach Partridge is headed into this week with supreme confidence in his players. Partridge noted that the defensive line had a lot of depth and he is hoping that will factor into this season.
“We are very deep up, on our front,” Partridge said. “We have seven kids on the D-line that we can put in, that we feel good about. Secondary wise, we are getting there. Those kids are getting a lot better, so we have some depth on defense.”
As for Quarterback Travis Partridge, he feels comfortable about where his team is headed and even felt extremely confident in their running game as the season goes on.
Partridge had 89 rushing yards and added a touchdown in last week’s matchup.
“I think that all three of our backs bring a lot of dimensions,” Partridge said. “We can do different things, with different people and I think that makes us dangerous.”
Tyke Kozeal is the leading tackler for the Lopers on defense with 21 tackles, including a sack for a loss of nine yards.
Kozeal will be looked at as the leader to stop an offense that scored 63 points last weekend.