After the Hornets rolled into an easy 42-14 victory over the weekend against Central Oklahoma, they moved to 3-0 and are set to travel to Northeastern State to take on the 0-3 Riverhawks at 6 p.m. this Saturday. The Hornets are hoping to move to 4-0 for the first time since 1991.
Emporia State has scored at least 40 points in all three victories with their strong offense, and defensively, they haven’t allowed a single point in the first quarter all season.
“Our guys get off to good starts, give us a lot of confidence and momentum, and we are able to sustain the momentum,” said Garin Higgins, head coach.
But the 0-3 Northeastern State Riverhawks lead the series matchup over the Hornets all time, 5-1. The last meeting between the two was in 1990, and the Riverhawks prevailed with a 34-22 victory.
The Riverhawks are 0-3 overall with losses to top tier teams in the MIAA including Pittsburgh State, Missouri Southern and Washburn. The Hornets picked up three early victories with decisive wins over Fort Hays State, Nebraska Kearney and Central Oklahoma.
“We’ve still got to work on limiting our penalties, be more disciplined and not let our emotions get the best of us,” said defensive linebacker and business administration major, Ben Carlson.
Kickoff is at 6 p.m. at Northeastern State in Tahlequah, Okla.