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Griffons try to bounce back

The possibility of not making it to the playoffs has increased for both the Griffons and the Tigers of Fort Hays.
If Western does not make it, it will be for the second year in a row.
They dropped to the Gorillas of Pittsburg State, 13-23 last Saturday at Spratt stadium.
Offensive woes continue to take a toll on the Griffons, including quarterback Skyler Windmiller.
Windmiller was sacked four times by the Gorillas but managed to throw one touchdown in the second quarter.
The offensive line struggled picking up the blitz and in return, Windmiller did not have time in the pocket for majority of the game.
The defense has made the biggest impact for Western so far this year, but was not able to cause a single turnover against Pitt State.
Coach Partridge noted that turnovers were the most important statistic of the game.
“I think the first thing I noticed, and the reason why we probably lost the game, was because we lost the turnover war two to nothing,” Partridge said. “That is the first order of business.”
The Tigers are also coming off a tight game against Washburn that saw the Ichabods walk away with a 27-24 victory over the Tigers in overtime.
Quarterback Treveon Albert played well, throwing for over 200 yards and throwing two touchdown passes.
Albert also picked up yards on the ground, gaining 93 yards rushing while averaging 5.2 yards a carry.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Tigers have one of the best rush defenses in the conference.
Led by linebacker Brock Long, Fort Hays only gives up 116.8 yards a game. Long leads the team with 41 total tackles and has also recorded one sack.
He averages 8.2 tackles a game.
Running back Raphael Spencer is aware that Fort Hays is a good team, despite what their record might suggest.
“Fort Hays has talent on both offense and defense,” Spencer said. “They are coached well. Should be a good game. I am anxious to play against their defense.”
This game could make or break both teams’ playoff chances. Spencer, however, is not focused on the playoffs at this time.
“Right now I really don’t know about the playoffs,” Spencer said. “I really can not say much about it. When you lose twice in this conference, it’s pretty hard to get in.”
If the Griffons hope to make it to the post season, the offense has to become more fluid on possessions.
Wideout Brandynn Clark has had a breakout season so far and believes that the offense’s struggles are based off of timing.
Clark believes that once everyone is on the same page, the offense will be able to move the ball better.
“We have to improve on not making mistakes in the game,” Clark said. “We are doing good in the first half, once the offense gets going, it will give a ripple effect on the whole team.”
Both teams will try and get back on track when they face off in Hays, Kan.,, at 7 pm Saturday.

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