Griffons try to bounce back against Emporia
By Albert Shelby
October 29, 2013
After suffering their first loss of the season to Pitt State last week, the Griffons will try to bounce back against another conference foe.
Emporia State University will visit Spratt Stadium in hopes of continuing the winning streak they are currently on.
The No.14 Hornets are a perfect 7-0, and have been one of the surprise teams in the MIAA this season.
Quarterback Brent Wilson has not disappointed for the Hornets in their first seven games. Wilson has already thrown for over 2,000 yards, and is well over 20 touchdowns for the season.
Wilson has also protected the ball well this season, and has only thrown an interception twice so far.
Wideout Ray Ray Davis has been Wilson’s favorite target, especially when the team needs a score. Davis leads the team with 57 receptions on the season, and also has 12 scores to go along with a total of 759 yards up to this point.
His production has made him a valuable piece to the Hornet’s offense.
Western will have to bounce back after falling to their opponent in last week’s matchup.
Western seemed to never get on track against Pittsburg State, and it resulted in their first loss of the season. This week’s challenge will be against a team that has a lot of momentum and is playing with confidence.
Although the Griffons are coming off their first loss, tight end Reggie Jordan feels that the game was a wake-up call for his team.
Jordan noted that the loss hurt, but it also motivated him for the next week.
“I think we should bounce back pretty well,” Jordan said. “We knew the things that we needed to correct after film. So we’re going to correct them this week and keep moving forward.”
Jordan said that sometimes losing is good for you, because it gives you that extra motivation to fight.
“This previous game was a wake-up call that we needed,” Jordan said. “It will make us hungrier for the rest of the season.”
Quarterback Travis Partridge was sacked four times last week; and other than the two touchdowns, he struggled to find time in the pocket.
A heavy dose of running back Raphael Spencer could be what the Griffons need to get back on track.
Spencer is three yards away from reaching a 1,000 yard season. He has been the work horse for Western on the ground, and for good reason.
Spencer noted that the season was not lost, and his team has to remember that if they want to move on.
“We just have to stay together and play with a chip on our shoulders for the rest of the year,” Spencer said. “There is not a whole lot I can say, we just have to do it.”
Western will face the Hornets on Saturday, Nov. 2. Game time is set for 1:30 p.m.