With one win under their belt already, the Griffons looks to improve to 2-0 for the third consecutive year, when they match up against the Bronchos of Central Oklahoma on Saturday night.
Last week, Western escaped the Mules of Central Missouri in a game that saw the Griffons pull away with a 10-9 victory.
After a display of inconsistent quarterback play, TJ LaFaver and Skyler Windmiller will likely both get their chance to impress the coach again in their game against the Bronchos.
LaFaver started the game for the Griffons last week, but was replaced after throwing three interceptions, while also being sacked once.
Windmiller finished the UCM game, but the starter for Saturday’s game has not been reported.
The quarterback said that after gaining some experience from the first game, he feels he will be more confident in his second game.
“I will be a little more comfortable than I was last week because I know the flow of college football,” Windmiller said. “I think that everybody is ready and the offense is looking good this week. The defense will be just like they were last week. I think they will be on top of their game.”
Running back Raphael Spencer will be expected to help carry the team, with uncertainties at the quarterback position.
Spencer noted that after last weeks game, he’s anxious to get back on the field and wheel his team to a win.
“I’m excited,” Spencer said. “It’s another night to prove who we are and to put in enough hard work to get the win. I expect the offense to put up more than ten points.”
Spencer recorded the Griffons only touchdown last week and racked up 162 yards on the ground. He averaged 5.2 yards a carry.
Receiver Josh Walker leads the team in receptions early, and seems to be the receiver both quarterbacks have the most trust in.
Walker had four receptions for 62 yards last week and made the biggest play of the game for the receivers, when he caught a pass that went for 40 yards.
The defense hopes to continue where they left off last week. With the exception of a 47-yard touchdown from UCM’s Lavance Walker, the Griffons kept UCM’s big plays to a minimum and held the Mules to only nine points.
They got to the quarterback twice for sacks and even came up with a crucial interception.
Cornerback Mike Jordan noted that last weeks performance showed the defense what they were capable of and how much of a impact they can make on a game.
“We seen what we can do, but the ceiling is so high,” Jordan said. “I think we will come out more intense then we were last week. I expect them (UCO) to take shots because they have playmakers.”
A similar performance will be needed against a Bronchos offense that totaled 489 yards of offense last week against Fort Hays State.
The Bronchos had two players rush for over 100 yards last week, including quarterback Chas Stallard. Stallard, a duel-threat quarterback, carried the ball 17 times for 107 yards, while also rushing for a touchdown.
Running back Jake Gandara had 24 carries and totaled 136 yards in the game.
So far, the Bronchos leading tackler is veteran cornerback Matt Pruitt. He had six tackles last week and even came up with an interception.
Both teams come into this game with a victory, which means one team will walk away from Saturday’s game with 1-1 record. Kickoff is at 6 pm.