Western avoided a repeat from last year and were able to run away with 54-10 victory over the Riverhawks.
It did not take long for the Griffons’ or the Riverhawks’ offenses to get on the board.
On the first play of the game, Western running back Raphael Spencer took off for a 53 yard run into Northeastern territory.
After a couple of incompletions on the next two plays, quarterback Travis Partridge was able to cap the drive off with a 22-yard rushing touchdown.
Northeastern moved the ball well on their first possession and was able to march down the field.
Using a balanced attack with rushing and passing, the Riverhawks were able to get into the redzone.
Running back Terrance Dixon broke free for a 25-yard rushing touchdown, tying the game up early in the first quarter.
That would be the only score Northeastern would be able to put up until the second half.
The Griffons went on a scoring spree in the first quarter alone. Partridge orchestrated another drive that ended with him scoring on a two-yard rushing touchdown.
Using a variety of plays, Western continued to drive down the field every time they got the ball.
In the middle of the first quarter, Partridge hooked up with back-up tight end Alek Ferbet for a 10-yard touchdown pass, making the score 24-7.
Before the quarter ended, Spencer rushed for 23-yard touchdown and Western was able to end the first quarter up 31-7.
Spencer had 8 rushes for 118 yards with two touchdowns.
Western’s defense proved to be dominating the rest of day, by not allowing another touchdown to be scored by the opposition.
In the last minute of the third quarter, Northeastern was able to knock in a 29-yard field goal in hopes of keeping the score as close as possible.
Linebacker Nick Williams was very active on the day for the Griffons. Williams said that after the first Northeastern score, the defense was able to buckle down and make some stops.
“They had that long draw run on the first drive,” Williams said. “We were just moving a little slow on that first drive. Other than that, we played well on defense, I think.”
Partridge finished with three total touchdowns and the offense put up 547 of total yards on that side of the ball.
Wideout Derek Libby was a contributor on offense and he felt the team made a statement in this game.
Libby has had to pick up extra snaps since the injury of Tyron Crockom. Libby noted that the task has not been easy.
“He was a huge part of the offense obviously,” Libby said. “You can’t make up for Tyron, he’s just unreal. So what we have to try and do is adjust and play our game, instead of trying to make up for him.”