Griffons run away from Lopers

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That’s more of the offense we expect.
The struggling Western offense busted out in a big way against Nebraska-Kearney and dominated the winless Loper squad to the tune of a 34-17 beatdown.
“We had lost our mojo offensively,” Western coach Jerry Partridge said. “We weren’t as confident as we needed to be and it was nice to get that back.”
The Griffons’ top two running backs combined to rush for 404 yards in the game.
“We ran the ball incredible in the second half,” Partridge said.
Meanwhile, as a team, Nebraska-Kearney ran for 25 yards total.
Raphael Spencer carried the ball 31 times for 251 yards and scored two touchdowns.
“I wanted to just come into this week loose, playing with nothing to lose and just have fun and just remember why I fell in love with this sport,” Spencer said.
Josh Caldwell added two more scores and ran for 153 yards on 19 carries.
“(Spencer’s) been telling me, ‘We both going to get 100 (yards) this week,’ so that was the goal,” Caldwell said.
The Griffons ran the ball 52 times with running backs, while Skyler Windmiller threw the ball just 15 times. This was the ‘Griffon Way’ we’ve been waiting for all season and they delivered it.
“It starts with the coaches,” Caldwell said. “We had a great game plan.”
In a season that will be largely looked at as a disappointment, last Saturday provided a glimpse of what could have been and where the expectations were.
Spencer showed his all-conference level talent. Yomi Alli led the team in tackles again. Mike Jordan added another interception to his count.
This is the team we expected and it was the seniors that led the way.
“Mike’s interception was a turning point,” Partridge said. “Yomi showed up again, as usual.”
The 5-5 Griffons will get one more chance to show what they are capable of this Saturday in Spratt Stadium against Missouri Southern.
Saturday also represents Senior Day, the last game as a Griffon for the seniors including Spencer, Alli and Jordan.