Confident Griffons prepare for Ichabods

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Coming off of what is arguably their best offensive game of the season, the Griffons hope to maintain that balanced attack against the Ichabods of Washburn Saturday at 1pm.
Last week against Fort Hays, Western delivered three offensive touchdowns, all coming from the run game.
Quarterback Skyler Windmiller converted his first rushing touchdown of his career, while running back Raphael Spencer added two more touchdowns to his career stat line.
Windmiller was solid through the air, going 15-26 and passing for over 150 yards with no interception.
Both players will have the chance to duplicate their performances when they match up against a Washburn team that has struggled for the majority of the season.
Coach Jerry Partridge is aware of Washburn’s misfortune lately, but he knows they are not a team to take lightly.
“We have to go on the road and Washburn is struggling a bit,” Partridge said. “But they are still the Washburn Ichabods. They still got good looking players. Vershon Moore is there and was once an all conference player.”
Moore has been a member of the Ichabods since 2008 and is one of their seasoned veterans.
He is the fourth leading rusher in the MIAA and is second in the conference in all-purpose yards, with 676 total.
Partridge said that Moore and other offensive threats would make an impact on the game for Washburn.
“He (Moore) returns punts, they throw it to him and he runs the ball well,” Partridge said. “They got some receivers that have been real good players in the past. I know that Coach Schurig will have those guys ready to play.”
The Griffons defense will have to keep Moore contained if they hope to stop Washburn from scoring easily.
Led by linebacker Stephen Juergens, the Griffons are third in total defense in the MIAA.
Juergens once led the conference in tackles and is now sixth on the list with 46 in total.
Right behind him at number seven, is Western cornerback Meshack Kennedy, who has 43 tackles.
Kennedy credits some of his tackles to being in the right place, at the right time.
“There are a couple of coverages where I am somewhere I should not be at times,” Kennedy said. “It ends up impacting the game.”
Kennedy said he was focusing on his future opponents, not his stats.
“I’m not really looking at myself,” Kennedy said. “I think I’m looking more at the defense to see what we can improve on for the future.”
Spencer said that he is glad that the offense is starting to move the ball better, but hopes they stay consistent.
“I think that we are starting to get a groove, but I don’t want to speak too early on it,” Spencer said. “I plan to just relax and play ball against Washburn. A lot of times you can get caught up in schemes, reading keys and figuring out defensive tendencies, that you can psych your self out.”
The game will be held in Topeka, Kan, at Washburn’s stadium.

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