Griffons beat Washburn University

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By: Avery Booth

Missouri Western got their seventh-straight road win in a 46-21 victory over Washburn University, which sets the Griffons up nicely for homecoming weekend.

Missouri Western got out to an early lead behind a Wyatt Steigerwald touchdown pass and two costly turnovers from Washburn in the first quarter. 

The Griffons running back group rushed for 285 yards and three touchdowns, and even senior offensive lineman Shawn Rouse scoring a touchdown on a screen pass that was scored as a run.  

Missouri Western put up 506 offensive yards, its third-consecutive 500-yard game. It is the first time that has been done in program history.

Steigerwald was 16-25 passing with 198 yards and two touchdowns on the day. 

Running back Markel Smith took the lead in the MIAA for touchdowns with seven for the season. 

Shamar Griffth became the third Griffon back to rush for over 100 yards – 113 – in the last two weeks. 

Rouse’s touchdown made him the 15th different offensive player to score for the Griffons this season.

It wasn’t just the offense that were making big plays on Saturday, as Sam Webb picked off Washburn University’s quarterback Chad Capps two times and forced a fumble. 

Webb was nominated for MIAA Defensive Player of the week for the performance he and his teammates put up against Washburn. 

With this win against Washburn, Missouri Western football’s overall record against the Ichabods is at 28 wins and 18 losses. Missouri Western is also on a five-game winning streak against Washburn.

Missouri Western takes on Missouri Southern for their its game at Spratt Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 4 p.m.

Last year Missouri Western handled Missouri Southern 33-10 and is looking to do this again Saturday night. 

Missouri Southern is coming off a  72-42 loss to Central Missouri. Southern is looking to turn their season around after three-straight losses and a rough start.