Column: Playing for pride

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Following Saturday’s 21-7 homecoming loss to Washburn, all Missouri Western has left to play for is pride.
After a game where the offense could only muster 245 yards of total offense including just 74 yards through the air, the Griffons now sit at three losses.
A group that returned so much talent on each side of the ball for last years’ 7-4 team now looks like they may be hard-pressed to equal their record from a year ago.
The past two years, Super Region Three of Division-II has not allowed a team with even two losses to make the playoffs, so the odds of a 3-loss team making it even with wins against Emporia State and Northwest Missouri State the next two weeks are virtually nonexistent .
However, the next two weeks will show a lot about this football team.
Western has the talent to play with both these teams.
The Griffon defense is led by seniors Yomi Alli, Mike Jordan, Arbanas Elliot, Sam Brown and Richard Obi. The offense has Dee Tolliver and Raphael Spencer, who have been through the MIAA and are looked to as leaders.
It is those seniors’ time to lead now.
These next two weeks can go two very different directions.
Northwest and Emporia State are each capable of making it a very long day for their opponents if Western plays like they did against Washburn.
However, if the Griffons can put together their first complete game of the season, they are fully capable of winning both games.
These seniors have all had outstanding careers at Western, but in many ways they will be remembered by how they play these next two games and if they can get this very talented Griffon squad to follow their lead.

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