Bass breaks sack record, gains NFL interest

Bass Breaks school record
Sporting the No. 91 jersey, NFL prospect defensive end David Bass broke the Missouri Western career sack record when he recorded No. 31 in the Griffons blowout win over William Jewell on Saturday. “He's a great player, great person, and a great leader,” coach Jerry Partridge said. “If he stays healthy he will have many, many more. He's meant a lot to us, and I'm happy for him.” Bass' ability to sack the quarterback has caught the eye of NFL teams, whose scouts have been visiting Western to get a look at the 6-5, 275-pound athletic pass rusher. “Twelve of the 32 NFL teams have been through so far,” Partridge said. “He looks the part. His measurements are good, he just needs to put some numbers up and he's already done that throughout his career.” According to Bass, breaking the record isn't what scouts will be focused on when evaluating him.  It's about his entire body of work -- especially during his senior season. “It will just show I've been producing throughout my years,” Bass said. “I don't think they will look at the record, they will look at how many sacks I have this season. It's a lot of motivation for the program, myself and my family, and I'm thankful to have that.” The Griffons have played two games this season, and Bass has recorded one sack in each game. Despite breaking the record, Bass has higher goals for his sack total. “I want to get to 20 this season,” Bass said. “My goal coming into the season was two sacks per game, right now I only have 2, so I'm not reaching my goals right now.” The only way for an opposing team to stop Bass from getting to their quarterback is to block him with two players, which frees up other Griffon defensive linemen to get sacks of their own. “If I don't  reach my goal, I know it's going to be successful for us as a defensive line -- if they slide my way it will free the other guys up,” said Bass. “As long as we win and as long as everyone is eating, I'm not going to be selfish as long as we reach our team goal.” Despite the success he's had at Western, Bass did not was not at the top of the list of many recruiters after coming out of University City High School in St. Louis. “He should have been recruited heavy, but he wasn't,” Partridge said. “There's some teams that dabbled in him, but I don't think there was anyone that was incredibly serious.” Bass took a redshirt during his true freshman season. "We attempt to redshirt all of our freshmen because it grows them into fifth year seniors that we are seeing right now -- men,” Partridge said. “A lot of them are not quite ready to go strength and size-wise, and it gives them a year to put on something.” Bass only weighed 200 pounds during his redshirt season and has transformed into a 275-pound-force four years later. His sack total has improved every season as he took down the quarterback 6.5 times as a freshman, 8 times as a sophomore  and led the conference with 14.5 as a junior which earned him first-team All-American honors. Bass needs 15 more sacks this season to tie Colorado School of Mines' Marc Schiechl's all-time Division II record for sacks with 46, set in 2010.

Western shuts out William Jewell 56-0

Missouri Western improved to 2-0 after a dominant 56-0 performance against William Jewell at Spratt Stadium in its only non-conference game of the season. “As far as the record I was happy to get it, but I was more concerned with us just winning,” Bass said. "I'm fortunate enough to have a good enough defense where they could help me out to get the record." Running back Michael Hill started off the scoring for the Griffons by breaking a 52-yard run for a touchdown less than a minute into the game. Hill later scored on a 26-yard reception and finished off his day by running past everyone for a 92-yard touchdown. He finished with 210 yards on just 14 carries for an average of 15 yards per-carry.  Hill has five touchdowns in the first two games of the season. "Michael Hill had a nice day," coach Partridge said. "He's got electric ability. He's pretty good." “It was pretty easy actually,” Hill said. “If I get an opportunity I'm going to take advantage of it. I just try to do my best.” Western showed its depth at the running back position behind Hill as explosive redshirt freshman Raphael Spencer ran for 81 yards and a touchdown on seven carries, while Dominic Thomas took fives carries for 50 yards and a touchdown. Tight end Reggie Jordan scored his third touchdown of the season on an outstanding 11-yard reception midway through the first quarter. It was the first of two touchdown passes by quarterback Travis Partridge, who threw for 129 yards and two touchdowns. Western's total offense was 539 yards with the rushing attack responsible for 398 yards.  The Griffons were up 35-0 at halftime and never looked back. “We've been pretty accurate so far with a high percentage,” Jerry Partridge said. “I think we do a good job of managing football games here. It's good to get a l ot of guys playing time and any time you pitch a shutout." “[William Jewell] competed pretty good from the mid-first quarter to the early second quarter. I think we're good, but every week I'll take a victory however we can get it.” Yomi Alli led the Griffons with 10 tackles including two tackles for a loss of a yards. Jeremy Weston and Kirk Resseguie both made interceptions with William Jewell deep in Griffon territory threatening to score. Backup quarterback Zach Hibbits came in during the fourth quarter with the game out of reach, and scored a touchdown on a 3-yard run and connected with Andrew Molloy on a 12-yard touchdown. “We expect to take care of business every week,” left tackle Colt Schulte said. “We're definitely excited to move on to MIAA play next week. I think we have a pretty good team and we want to keep it rolling.” The Griffons return to MIAA action against conference opponent Nebraska-Kearney at 6 p.m. Saturday at Spratt Stadium.

Western shuts out William Jewell 56-0

Defensive Line David Bass attempts to sack the opposing William Jewell quarterback.
[caption id="attachment_11279" align="alignleft" width="259"] Defensive Line David Bass attempts to sack the opposing William Jewell quarterback.[/caption] Missouri Western improved to 2-0 after a dominant 56-0 performance against William Jewell at Spratt Stadium in its only non-conference game of the season. Defensive end David Bass broke the Western all-time record for career sacks with 31 when he brought down Sean Shelton in the second quarter. It was Bass' second sack of the season. “As far as the record I was happy to get it, but I was more concerned with us just winning,” Bass said. "I'm fortunate enough to have a good enough defense where they could help me out to get the record." Running back Michael Hill started off the scoring for the Griffons by breaking a 52-yard run for a touchdown less than a minute into the game. Hill later scored on a 26-yard reception and finished off his day by running past everyone for a 92-yard touchdown. He finished with 210 yards on 14 carries for an average of 15 yards per-carry. Hill has scored five touchdowns in two games this season. "Michael Hill had a nice day," coach Partridge said. "He's got electric ability. He's pretty good." “It was pretty easy actually,” Hill said. “If I get an opportunity I'm going to take advantage of it. I just try to do my best.” Western showed its depth at the running back position behind Hill as explosive redshirt freshman Raphael Spencer ran for 81 yards and a touchdown on seven carries, while Dominic Thomas took five carries for 50 yards and a touchdown. Tight end Reggie Jordan scored his third touchdown of the season on an outstanding 11-yard reception midway through the first quarter. It was the first touchdown pass by quarterback Travis Partridge, who threw for 129 yards and two touchdowns. Western's total offense was 539 yards with the rushing attack responsible for 398 yards. The Griffons were up 35-0 at halftime and never looked back. “We've been pretty accurate so far with a high percentage,” Jerry Partridge said. “I think we do a good job of managing football games here. “[William Jewell] competed pretty good from the mid-first quarter to the early second quarter. I think we're good, but every week I'll take a victory however we can get it.” Yomi Alli led the Griffons with 10 tackles including two tackles for a loss of a yards. Jeremy Weston and Kirk Resseguie both made interceptions with William Jewell deep in Griffon territory threatening to score. Backup quarterback Zach Hibbits came in during the fourth quarter with the game out of reach, and scored a touchdown on a 3-yard run and connected with Andrew Molloy on a 12-yard touchdown. “We expect to take care of business every week,” left tackle Colt Schulte said. “We're definitely excited to move on to MIAA play next week. I think we have a pretty good team and we want to keep it rolling.” The Griffons return to MIAA action against conference opponent Nebraska-Kearney at 6 p.m. Saturday at Spratt Stadium.

Chiefs Camp at Western runs smoothly in third year

Despite having less practices and not opening up the walkthroughs, the third year of Missouri Western hosting the Kansas City Chiefs training camp was a success. Chiefs camp gives Western the opportunity to make money through $5 parking and charging $5 to attend family fun day and a joint practice between the Chiefs and Arizona Cardinals, who were also on campus for part of their camp. “If you just take the gates, the parking and the two paid days, we made about $22,000 more than we did the previous year on the paid stuff,” Athletic Director Kurt McGuffin said. “That doesn't include sponsorships or anything like that, which is our other source of revenue.” It takes a large amount of people working together to prepare the campus for the type of large crowds that the Chiefs can draw. The main issues that the staff faces is making sure the parking and traffic flow is efficient and that they can take on large crowds of people. “The folks on the campus all work well together, there's a lot of people with a lot of roles,” said Brett Esely, Western assistant director of athletics. “I think the operation went very well. We had 6,500 people at night practice, 7,000 for Family Fun Day and just under 3,000 for Cardinals practice. I think anybody that came, we were ready for them.” The attendance was up for camp this year as opposed to last year. The job Western did in accommodating the Cardinals may have opened its eyes as they are now looking for a new place to hold their training camp in the future other than Arizona. “They expect a sense of quality, and we gave it to them,” McGuffin said. “We provided shade for people because it was hot. Hy-Vee told me it was up in their concessions and that's good.” Chiefs training camp is guaranteed to be on the Western campus for the next two years and in the state of Missouri for five more after that. McGuffin plans to start negotiations to keep the team at Western for the next five years they will spend preparing for the season in Missouri after next summer. With the Chiefs on campus, coach Jerry Partridge's football team has a chance to see how the professionals prepare for a season. “I think anytime you can watch a higher level practice then it's always good to see what it takes and what people are made of,” Partridge said. “There's a lot to be gained in watching the designs of the practices and the work ethic. Although the camp was considered a success this year, McGuffin would like to fine-tune some things in order to keep making each year a special for the fans. “Now we are going to be in year four next year and everything has kind of been the same for the first three years. Now what do we do to get people to continue to come back. Maybe it's fireworks or a concert so we can have something that's an added bonus.”

Western football wins season opener 38-26

[caption id="attachment_11284" align="alignnone" width="300"] Travis Partridge (12) hands the ball off to Michael Hill (22) for an attempt to gain yards.[/caption] Missouri Western football took care of business in its season opener defeating conference opponent Central Missouri 38-26 at Spratt Stadium. “I thought we played really well,” coach Jerry Partridge said. “We looked really impressive for the first quarter and a half. We played good against a good football team.” The Griffons got out to a commanding 28-0 lead in the second quarter displaying their ability to score on the ground and through the air. “We should feel good that we were in that position to throw a knockout punch on a really good football team,” coach Partridge said. Tight end Reggie Jordan made two spectacular catches on the first scoring drive. The first was a 24-yard leaping catch in traffic and the second was an 8-yard diving touchdown reception from quarterback Travis Partridge that gave Western a 7-0 lead. “Great catches. I've been singing his praises, I think he's a real good football player. I think the best is still yet to come with Reggie Jordan," coach Partridge said. The next two Griffon scores came on the ground by running back Michael Hill. He broke off a 21-yard touchdown run to put Western up 14-0 and a 17-yard touchdown run to push the score to 21-0. “Michael Hill was the warrior that he is,” coach Partridge said. “He played great.” Hill finished the game with 169 yards rushing with an average of 6 yards per-carry and never carried the ball for a loss of yards. “All I did was just run straight,” Hill said after his impressive game. “With the offensive line and receivers blocking down field, I didn't have to put in much effort.” Partridge found Alex Ferbet in the endzone from five yards out to give the Griffons a 28-0 lead. Partridge threw for 126 yards and three touchdowns on the day while only being sacked one time and throwing zero interceptions. He added 27 yards on the ground. “I really feel like he played well,” coach Partridge said. “He made some plays that helped put us up.” The Griffon defense forced turnovers and didn't allow much of anything until the second half. Yomi Alli, Shane Simpson, and Marcus Thompson all came away with interceptions. Linebacker Stephen Juergens led the team with 11 tackles and a sack while Alli added 10 tackles to go along with his interception. “We were in the right spots early on forcing pressure and forcing turnovers,” Alli said. “As a defense you never like giving up points at all.” Elliott Arbanas sacked the quarterback two times while Davis Bass got to him once. Bass is now a half a sack away from breaking the Western record for most in a career. Central got their first score late in the second quarter on a 16-yard pass and went into halftime down 28-7. Partridge connected with Tyron Crockom for a 6-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to put the Griffons up 35-7. Partridge was sacked and fumbled at the end of the third quarter and a Central player picked it up and ran it for 52-yards and a touchdown to make the score 35-13. The extra point was blocked by Aaron Jamieson. Kicker Taylor Anderson connected on his only field goal attempt of the day from 20 yards to give Western 38. Central tried to stage a comeback by scoring two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter to get the lead down to 38-26, but it was too little too late as the Griffons were able to run out the clock and get the win.