Football Falls to Mules

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Western football hit a bump in the road this week, dropping a road game to the rival Mules of #20 Central Missouri.
Coming off of an emotional upset home victory over then fifth-ranked Fort Hays State, Western came into this one looking to keep the momentum rolling and pick up right where they left off. On this day, however, all the momentum was on the side of the home team from whistle to whistle.
The Central Missouri offense came out firing on all cylinders, jumping out to a quick 24-0 lead early into the second quarter of play. A Western defensive unit that last week was able to come up with timely play after timely play was unable to find a rhythm against Central, who constantly seemed to find the hole in the defense and exploit any space they could get.
“After looking at the film as a team, we thought there was much more we could have done to stop those guys,” redshirt freshman defensive lineman Arnold Crayton said. “Hats off to them, but we are looking forward now and not turning back. Coach Williamson stated that we have done everything we could have done as far as playing hard, but we have to execute when it comes time to.”
Western did respond back, however, with the offense finding their stride by punching the ball in the end zone on two scoring drives. Senior quarterback Dom Marino broke off a 33-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, then followed it up by hitting senior running back Derek Gray Jr. from five yards out to bring the game to 27-14.
Unfortunately for Western, that was as close as the game would be.
Central went on to rattle off 24 more unanswered points to end up with convincing 51-14 victory over Western.
“After last week, we are looking to build on playing together as a team on all sides of the ball and getting back to the fundamentals,” redshirt senior linebacker James Huskey said. “UCM is a great team, but I do not think we played to our full potential on both sides of the ball. Time to get back to practice and get back to the grind.”
Western will go back to the drawing board and begin preparations to get things rolling again on Saturday when they take on the River Hawks of Northeastern State here at Spratt Stadium.
“Playing at the Spratt really means a lot for us,” Marino said. “We know how close we are to being a consistently explosive team, so hopefully Saturday will be the day it clicks for us. Once it clicks, momentum can start rolling for us.”
Western (1-2) will return home to Spratt Stadium this Saturday night as they play host to Northeastern State (0-3) on Military Appreciation Night. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 P.M.