Nobody likes losing on Homecoming day, and that’s exactly what Western will try to prevent from happening on Saturday, Oct. 12.
The Griffons are coming off a big win over Central Oklahoma, and look to follow it up with another victory.
The Northeastern RiverHawks are looking to spoil the Griffons day, as they try to battle for their first win of the season.
Last Saturday, Northeastern dropped to no. 3 ranked Northwest Missouri State, in a game that was not much of contest to start with.
Quaterback Cory Meaders was under pressure all night and it resulted in the team giving up three sacks total.
Meaders and his offensive line will have their hands full Saturday, as they try to slow down a defense that is led by lineman Austin Baska.
Baska had an interception in last week’s contest and holds 23 tackles so far. He has three tackles for loss, including a sack.
Western was also able to get back defensive end John Oglesby last week. Oglesby will be looked at to bring some pressure to Meaders in the backfield and add to his sack total. He already has 2.5 on the season.
The Griffons have been putting up high numbers in their first five games and are doing it in a variety of ways.
Western has been able to score on not only offense, but on special teams, as well.
They have already put up 19 rushing touchdowns as a team, with Spencer and Partridge each collecting six a piece.
Partridge has been able to be a force through the air with a total of 10 touchdowns. He has 16 total touchdowns on the season, which leads the team.
Wide out Stephon Weaver has become one of Partridge’s favorite targets on the season, and has managed to haul in 17 receptions, including four touchdowns.
Linebacker Langston Jones has been the hammer for the RiverHawks. Jones leads the team with 67 tackles and has a forced fumble.
He had 14 tackles last week, and looks to up his total against a high powered offense ran by Partridge.
Partridge said that this game will be different because of Homecoming, but the goal stays the same: win.
“We have to control what we can control, and we have to do our own individual jobs,” Partridge said. “Collectively, we will continue to get better.”
Running back Raphael Spencer will be looked at to add balance to the offense and he says he is ready for the challenge.
“Starting my first homecoming game will be crazy,” Spencer said. “I know a lot of people will be there to watch the Griffs play our best. I just want to give our fans a show, while we still continue to defend our championship.”