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Griffons bury the Ichabods

After a breakout game last week against the Tigers of Fort Hays, the Griffons’ offense continued to find ways to put points on the board.
Western walked away with a 40-14 victory over the Washburn Ichabods, with the offense gaining over 300 total yards.
Running back Raphael Spencer got the scoring going when he rushed for a four-yard touchdown with nine minutes left in the first quarter. It was his sixth touchdown of the season.
Spencer finished the game with 20 carries and 58 yards, with his longest run going for eight yards.
The Ichabods did not have the ball for long after Spencer’s score. Cornerback Michael Jordan picked off the quarterback and ran the ball back for a 39 yard touchdown.
Jordan currently leads the team with four interceptions and is tied for most interceptions in the conference.
Washburn struggled to score the entire game, not registering their first points until the fourth quarter.
Kicker John Schmiemeier kept points on the board for Western when they could not reach the end zone. Schmiemeier was 4-5, with his longest being a 48 yarder.
With the first quarter winding down, quarterback Skyler Windmiller completed the longest pass play in his career when he connected with wideout Brandynn Clark for a 71-yard touchdown pass.
Windmiller improved from last week, going 18-24 for more than 264 yards with one interception. Clark tied with wideout Stephon Weaver for most receptions in the game, with four. He was the only receiver to achieve 100 receiving yards for the day.
By the end of the first half, the score was 34-0. The Ichabods were not able to score until the majority of the Griffons’ starters were pulled from the game.
Coach Jerry Partridge credited the outcome of the game to how they started out on fire on both sides of the ball.
“The first quarter was a terrific first quarter,” Partridge said. “We talked about starting fast and finishing strong, and I think that was the definition of starting fast in the first quarter.”
Cornerback Sam Brown led the team in tackles with six, while linebacker Stephen Juergens registered 3 tackles and also recovered a fumble for a 15-yard touchdown.
Coach Partridge noted that his players were anxious to play from the beginning. Which surprisingly worried him.
“We were really loose and relax,” Partridge said. “I want them to be loose, but every time they are too loose, I get nervous. But they played great.”
Defensive lineman Arbanas Elliot said that the offense has stepped their game up and it makes his job easier.
“They are getting better each week,” Elliot said. “Plus they really improved last week. Skyler is starting to feel more comfortable and Ralph is just being Ralph.”

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