Griffons shutout Lopers

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The Griffons’ offense has struggled to find rhythm this year, but against Nebraska-Kearney, Western offense was playing with confidence.
Their 55 points was the most points they put up all season and defense finished the game off with their second shutout of the year.
Running back Raphael Spencer felt the offense came ready to play for the seniors, who were playing their last home game as a Griffon.
“Beating Kearney was a fun win,” Spencer said. “We were clicking on all cylinders and its good to see us perform like I know we can.”
They totaled 550 yards in the game. Five different offensive players scored a touchdown last Saturday, with tight end Daylon Harper and wideout Dee Toliver both achieving two.
Harper made his debut as the programs fullback, gaining 24 yards on seven carries and two rushing touchdowns.
Both of Tolivers’ catches went for touchdowns, with his second catch going for 98 yards, the longest of his career.
Brandynn Clark led all receivers with seven receptions, totaling only 55 yards.
Running back Dominic Thomas played his last home game at Spratt Stadium and he finished it with a 32-yard touchdown run.
After seven carries, he finished with 56 total yards.
Kicker John Schmiemeier ended his final game at Spratt Stadium on a good note as well.
He received his second MIAA special teams player of the week award this season, after going 2-2 with his longest kick being 51 yards.
Schmiemeier’s longest field goal of his career was converted from 54 yards out.
The defense continued to play solid and made it rough for the Lopers to move the ball.
Nebraska-Kearney only gained 92 yards on the ground and 137 yards through the air, totaling just 229 yards of offense.
Lopers quarterback Bronson Marsh was harassed the entire game and barely had time in the pocket.
He was sacked seven times and also threw an interception after the ball was tipped in the air.
Linebacker Cody Lindsey was responsible for 2.5 of the sacks Western recorded.
Stephen Juergens, the team’s leader in tackles, continued to play well in his last game in Spratt Stadium.
He finished with a team high of eight tackles and also got to the quarterback for a sack.
The defense continued their trend of playing physical football and getting to the quarterback.
Lineman Arbanas Elliot noted that the team got back to the basics.
“Our defense got back to playing how we should play,” Elliot said. “I think Cody had like three sacks and Juergens got one too. Juergens is a very good player. He’s been playing good all season.”
The Griffons match up against the Lions Missouri Southern on Saturday.

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