The Emporia State football team was on cloud nine after beating the University of Nebraska Kearney Lopers, 34-21, last Thursday night. Even though the Hornets gave up three touchdowns in the second half while being held to a field goal, they held onto the 31-7 lead that they acquired at the half.
The team was lead by Brent Wilson, first-year starting quarterback and sophomore business management major. Wilson was out to prove that his success in last week’s game was no fluke, going 23-34 with 297 yards passing and 4 touchdowns.
Kearney also had a lot of trouble stopping the Wilson to Willis connection. Wilson threw to receiver Austin Willis six times for 136 yards and two touchdowns.
But Wilson gave most of the credit to his team.
“Austin is a great receiver. He made some great plays. We had some great play-calling and it was a great team win,” Wilson said. “My teammates make me look good Austin made some great plays, Ray Ray also had some good catches and we ran the ball well.”
Putting constant pressure on the quarterback, the Hornet defensive line made short work the Lopers offense, helping the defensive backs make big plays. One of the more impressive pieces of defense was Chris Poston, senior strong safety and international business major, who finished with eight tackles and one interception. Poston was happy about the interception, but said he was a little disappointed he did not get the “pick six.”
“I was actually joking with the team before the game, saying that if I got an interception I was going to score, so I was disappointed that I didn’t,” Poston said. “Everyone played well – we made big plays and did our job.”
As for Garrin Higgins, head coach, he said he was happy, but not as pleased as his team was about the win.
“We played well tonight, but we’ve certainly got some things to work on,” Higgins said.
Whatever way you slice it, the Hornets are 2-0, and it looks like 2012 may not be the only year of the Hornet.
Tonight, they travel to Edmond Oklahoma, where they take on the Broncos of the University of Central Oklahoma. The last time on the field against Central Oklahoma, the Hornets smashed the Broncos, 42-14, at Welch Stadium.