One could say that Griffon Football is 0-3 in 2020.
The COVID-19 train came through Missouri Western, and as a result, last Saturday’s matchup with West Texas A&M was canceled, and will not be rescheduled.
After last week’s home loss at the hands of Pittsburg State, the Griffons looked to right the ship and get in the win column this year. Now, head coach Matt Williamson has tested positive for the virus on Wednesday, leaving the rest of the coaching staff under COVID-19 protocol. This also leaves the status of the Nov. 21 fall season finale at Nebraska-Kearney in doubt, although they intend to play the game.
Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Josh Looney continued to commend the student-athletes’ cooperation with the ongoing changes and cancellations.
"We remain incredibly impressed with the commitment our student-athletes and staff have displayed in fighting the spread of COVID-19 within the athletic department," Looney told GoGriffons.com. “Unfortunately, recent positive cases have targeted a very specific portion of our football program that prevented us from moving forward with competition this weekend."
The only good bit of news coming out of this announcement was that no players who suited up last week tested positive. This bodes well for the possibility of getting the season finale played without as much concern.
The cancellation of this game further proves the difference that COVID-19 has played when comparing this year to last. A year ago this past weekend, Missouri Western went down to Jefferson City, Missouri, and stomped Lincoln to the tune of a 71-8 rout to close out the regular season. Coincidentally, that game was the first career start for quarterback Anthony Vespo, as Wyatt Steigerwald was out with injury.
This time last year, the Griffons were 9-3, awaiting an appearance in the Agent Barry Live United Bowl. This year, they sit just 0-2, and the players and coaches that have put so much into this uncertain season can only hope they get a third game in.