Emporia State fell to Missouri Western during the Homecoming game Saturday, after the Griffins scored 22 points in the fourth quarter. The Hornets were in the lead the first three quarters and the game was their first loss with a fourth quarter lead since Sept. 30, 2017. The final score was 42-28.
“It is just disappointing because to come (from) two big wins that we have had the past two weeks and even take the lead like we did,” said Garin Higgins, head coach. “We had the momentum and defensively I thought we were playing well...at that time, but we let them flip the field, and we could never overcome that.”
In the first quarter, the Hornets scored a 14-yard touchdown pass from Braxton Marstall, senior quarterback, to Tyler Harris, senior wide receiver, bringing the score to 7-0. The Griffins quickly scored a one-yard touchdown in response with three minutes left, making the score 7-7 heading into the second quarter.
During the second quarter, Missouri West scored two touchdowns to take the lead, 7-20. However, with five seconds left on the clock before half time, the Hornets made a last minute scoring drive.
Justin Brown, senior wide receiver, successfully caught a pass from Marstall and ran it for a touchdown, bringing the score to 14-20. “We were great the first half, but the second half we just didn’t execute like we should have,” Harris said.
In the third quarter, Landon Nault, senior running back, rushed 16-yards to put the Hornets in scoring position. Marstall followed with a 64-yard pass to Harris, who ran the pass in for a touchdown and put the Hornets in the lead, 21-20.
To finish off the third quarter, Marstall ran a seven-yard touchdown, bringing the score to 28-20. Missouri West started off the fourth quarter with an eight-yard run that resulted in a touchdown and tied the game 28-28. Then the Griffens made another touchdown and pulled ahead, 28-35.
Although the Hornets battled defensively for the rest of the quarter, they could not hold off the Griffens. With 1:56 left in the game, Missouri West scored another touchdown off a four-yard run. The Griffen’s touchdown was the final scoring effort of the game, which finished with a final score of 28-42.
“We have to play more aggressive, fit up stronger and do all that next time,” said Jace Mcdown, sophomore linebacker. The Hornets will be back in action 1 p.m. Saturday in Topeka, Kansas where they will take on the Washburn University Ichabods at Yaeger Stadium.