Oct. 16, 2010

Courtesy of Missouri Western

WARRENSBURG, Mo. - The Missouri Western football team had its seven game winning streak against the 11th ranked Central Missouri Mules snapped on Saturday afternoon in Warrensburg, Mo. falling 43-21. The Griffons struggled offensively gaining just 244 yards on the day. Western falls to 5-2 overall and 3-2 in MIAA action.

The Griffon defense kept the high powered Mule offense out of the end zone in the first quarter of play. Western intercepted Mule quarterback Eric Czerniewski on Central Missouri first three possessions. David Bass, Kendall Davis and Ian Thompson each stopped Mule drives deep in Griffon territory.

The Griffons scored the first touchdown of the game after the Davis interception. Quarterback Drew Newhart took the Griffons 80 yards on eight plays taking 4:14 off the clock. Newhart found TJ Fannin from 30 yards out putting Western up seven.

The Griffons went up 14-0 early in the second when Newhart plunged in from one yard out capping off an eight play 55 yard drive with 13:56 to play in the half. The score came after the Thompson interception.

The rest of the half belonged to the Mules as they scored 16 points in the final thirteen and a half minutes claiming the two point half time lead. Kicker Aaron Jamison got the Mules on the board on a 29 yard field goal with 11:04 to play in the frame.

Central cut the lead to 14-9 when Marlon Douglas returned an interception 32 yards for a score and then took the lead on a one yard touchdown run from Czerniewski.

The Mules continued its dominance in the second half outscoring the Griffons 27-7 taking the 43-21 victory. Running back Anthony Stewart scored two touchdowns while Jamorris Warren caught two touchdowns in the frame.

Westerns lone touchdown came late when Travis Partridge led the Griffons on a nine play 56 yards scoring drive. Partridge capped the drive with a 15 yard strike to Andrew Mead. This marked Partridges second touchdown pass of the season.

The Griffons had 147 yards passing and 97 rushing. Newhart completed 13-of-27 passes for 118 yards and one touchdown. Partridge completed 2-of-6 passes for 29 yards and a TD. Mead had 54 yards receiving on five receptions and a touchdown while Michael Hill had 33 yards rushing on 11 attempts.

The Mules had 520 yards of offense with 266 coming through the air and 254 coming on the ground. Czerniewski completed 21-of-35 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns while Stewart had 224 yards rushing on 27 carries with two touchdowns. Jamorris Warren caught eight passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns.

Shane Simpson led the Griffons with nine tackles and one pass break up. The Mules were led by Paul Stephens as he had six tackles with one pass break up and one tackle for a loss.

Missouri Western will return to MIAA action on Saturday, October 23 when they travel to Joplin, Mo. to take on the Missouri Southern Lions. Kickoff is set for 6:00 pm in Fred G. Hughes Stadium.

Missouri Western State University (located in St. Joseph, Mo.) is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.