Emporia State eyes ninth straight win this weekend

Courtesy: Emporia State Athletics

EMPORIA, Kan. – #9 Emporia State Hornets (8-1, 8-1 MIAA) at Missouri Western Griffons (4-5, 4-5 MIAA)

Saturday, Nov. 5 • 1:00 p.m. • Craig Field at Spratt Stadium (7,200) • St. Joseph, Mo.

Series Record: MWSU leads 24-14 Current Streak: ESU 3 wins

The #9 Hornets play their final two regular season games on the road beginning at Missouri Western.

Tenth ranked Emporia State held Ft. Hays State to under 100 yards rushing in a 24-16 win on Saturday afternoon at Welch Stadium.

Emporia State went three and out to start the game, but got the ball back on the Tigers first play from scrimmage on a JP Lohrentz interception. The Hornets then went 43 yards on eight plays as Braxton Marstall hit Louis Dailey for a ten yard touchdown. Ft. Hays State answered with a 37 yard field goal to end the first half scoring.

Marstall found Mitchell Foote over the middle for a 65 yard touchdown to give Emporia State a 14-3 lead with 6:32 left in the third.
Ft. Hays State started the scoring in the fourth quarter on a ten yard touchdown run by Shaquille Cooper. The Hornets answered with a 38 yard touchdown pass from Marstall to Mo Williams for a 21-9 lead with 11:27 left. Austin Morton hit a 42 yard field goal with 5:13 left to give the Hornets a 24-9 lead. The Tigers scored with 17 seconds left on a 36 yard touchdown pass from Jacob Mezera to Layne Bieberle for the final score.
DeAndre Glover had a career high three sacks and four tackles for loss among his six total tackles. Braxton Marstall was 16 of 26 for 202 yards with three touchdowns and an interception and added 49 rushing yards on 13 carries. Morris Williams II had five catches for 50 yards and a touchdown while Mitchell Foote had three receptions for 83 yards and a score.

Garin Higgins has a career record of 112-60 in his 15th season as a head coach. He is 61-51 in his tenth season at his alma mater and is 51-27 since the start of the 2010 season. He led the Hornets to the Kanza Bowl in 2012, the NCAA playoffs in 2013 & the national quarterfinals in 2015. He had a 51-9 career record as the head coach at Northwestern Oklahoma, including two trips to the national championship game. Higgins was a quarterback for Emporia State from 1987-90 and was on the 1989 national runners-up team. He is 3-6 against Missouri Western.
Jerry Partridge is 149-81 in his 20th year at Missouri Western. He is 11-9 against Emporia State.

Emporia State is 8-1 on the season and ranked #9 in the nation. The Hornets have allowed just one field goal on their opponents opening drive this season. They are ranked third in the MIAA in scoring defense at 25.3 points per game and are fifth at 35.1 points per game on offense. The Hornets are +15 in turnover margin on the season to rank fourth in the nation. Kole Schankie leads the MIAA and is ranked seventh in the nation with five interceptions. DeAndre Glover is second in the league in tackles for loss. Braxton Marstall is leading the MIAA in completions, is second in completion percentage and fourth in total offense.

Missouri Western is 4-5 on the season and have lost three straight games. They are ranked fourth in the MIAA in scoring offense at 35.4 points and fifth in defense at 28.1 points per game. Josh Caldwell is leading the MIAA and ranked fifth in the nation in rushing at 136.1 yards per game.

This is the 39th meeting between the schools with Missouri Western holding a 24-14 advantage. The Hornets have won three straight including the last two played in St. Joseph.

The #19 Emporia State Hornets overcame four turnovers and ten penalties to post a 17-3 win over Missouri Western. The Hornets held the Griffons to just 255 yards of total offense. The only score of the game for Missouri Western came on a 19 yard field goal with 28 seconds left in the game. Kole Schankie led the Hornets with 14 tackles, a forced fumble and recovery to go with half a sack. Josh Monteagudo also had 14 tackles while J.P. Lohrentz added seven tackles and an interception for Emporia State. Brent Wilson was 22 of 38 for 274 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Kavaski Ervin caught eight passes for 99 yards while Mitchell Foote had six receptions for 69 yards and two touchdowns. Denzel Strong led all rushers with 88 yards on 15 carries.

Emporia State ends the regular season with the Turnpike Tussle against Washburn on Nov. 12 in Topeka. Kickoff is set for 2:00 p.m.

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