Sneak Peak

Scrimmage foreshadows promising season | Brett Collier reporter | With two weeks to go until the 2014 season kicks off, the Pittsburg State football team held its second scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 23, at Carnie Smith Stadium. The scrimmage featured the offense working through several game-like scenarios against the first-and second-team defense. While no official score was kept, the scrimmage provided the players with a chance to play at game speed and the coaches to evaluate where the team stands before the season begins. Head football coach Tim Beck says that while expectations were met for this scrimmage, it took some time to get there. “Early on, we didn’t meet expectations,” Beck said. “We came…

Gearing Up

PSU looks to return to playoffs | Michael Bauer sports editor | It didn’t seem fair to the Gorillas. A 35-21 loss to the Missouri Southern Lions on the final day of the regular season kicked PSU out of contention for the NCAA Division II playoffs for a second consecutive year despite a 9-2 regular season record and finishing the season ranked 19th in the AFCA coaches poll. Emporia State, a team that PSU didn’t get to play, took advantage of the Gorilla loss and jumped ahead in the regional rankings to snatch a spot in the playoffs after going 9-1 in the regular season while PSU had to settle for the Mineral Water Bowl….

White team wins

| Michael Bauer, Sports Editor | For the second year in a row, the White team earned bragging rights in the 2014 PSU football spring game. On Saturday, April 26, the White team defeated the Red team, 7-6 in a defensive heavy game at Carnie Smith Stadium. “Everybody wants to know how it went,” said Tim Beck, head coach. “I’ve always told them it depends on whether you’re an offensive or defensive coach.” In the end, it was the defensive coaches who were smiling as the game was held scoreless until what turned out to be the final play of the first half when White quarterback freshman Thomas LePage hooked up with freshman receiver Austin…

Brown wows NFL

Star wide receiver performs well at Combine | Val Vita reporter | Four years ago, John Brown felt he had lost everything. Now, he’s got a serious shot at pro-football fame. On the night when Brown’s older brother, James, was shot three times outside a Miami nightclub, in July 2010, Brown’s cell phone was dead. “And I left it dead,” said Brown, 23, who played as a wide receiver for the Pittsburg State Gorillas until 2013. “When I turned it on, there were a lot of voice mails and text messages. I called my mom and cried, but I didn’t believe. I just believed when I saw him.” Brown went back to Homestead, Fla., right…

Strikingly similar

PSU to face Mustangs in Mineral Water Bowl Michael Bauer | sports editor The last time senior linebacker Nate Dreiling and his PSU teammates were in the Mineral Water Bowl, he was only a freshman and the Gorillas were coming off a disappointing 2010 regular season. Dreiling can recall the weather from that day’s 13-9 victory over Concordia-St. Paul University. “All I remember was that it was really cold that day,” he said. Fast forward three years and one national championship later, Dreiling and the rest of the Pitt State seniors will get a chance to end their careers the same way it began. With temperatures expected to be as low as 19 degrees this…

Untamable

Lions shock Gorillas for historic win Michael Bauer | sports editor As the final seconds ticked away, all the Pitt State football players could do was watch. With Missouri Southern fans shouting, “We beat Pitt!” what seemed to be a result unheard of became a painful reality with the Gorillas’ 35-21 upset loss on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Carnie Smith Stadium. Not only did PSU lose to MSSU for the first time since 1993, but the team’s playoff hopes went down the drain as well. Instead, PSU will settle for an invitation to the Mineral Water Bowl in Excelsior Springs, Mo., on Saturday, Dec. 7. Before kickoff, the Gorillas honored 20 senior players, including three-time…

Untamable Lions shock Gorillas for historic win

| Michael Bauer sports editor | After 20 years of watching the Gorillas celebrate win after win over them, the Missouri Southern State Lions ended the losing skid by shocking PSU, 35-21, in the regular season final. This is their first Miner’s Bowl victory since 1993. In obtaining it, the Lions possibly put a nail in PSU’s hopes to qualify for the NCAA Division II playoffs. Playing on a windy afternoon at Carnie Smith Stadium, the Gorillas honored 20 senior players prior to kick-off. Afterwards, many of the players were left heartbroken as the Gorillas spent the entire day playing catch-up, but could not get a break. “It’s tough, but you have to give Missouri…

Dreiling breaks PSU tackle record in 41-6 rout

Michael Bauer | sports editor The Pitt State football team avenged last year’s loss to Lindenwood, beating them 41-6, on Saturday, Nov. 9. Junior quarterback Anthony Abenoja threw for 194 yards off of nine completions, while sophomore running back Jeff Seybold Jr. ran for two scores and 135 yards. “Anytime you play someone at their place on the senior day, they will play very well,” said Tim Beck, head coach. “We knew they would be excited and our team did a nice job of scoring early in the second half, which was very important.” With the win the Gorillas improved their record to 9-1 overall and 7-1 in conference play. Lindenwood fell to 3-6 overall…

PSU records first shutout in 6 years

Michael Bauer | sports editor The Gorillas felt confident after their first offensive play during their fourth home game on Saturday, Nov. 2, against the Rangers of Northwestern Oklahoma State University. After their second offensive play, they knew they were going to win … by a lot. PSU demolished NOSU 70-0 in its first defensive shutout since 2007. “It’s extremely hard to get shutouts, especially in this day in football,” said Tim Beck, head coach. “We played a lot of people in the second half and for us to maintain that was a big deal.” Junior quarterback Anthony Abenoja needed one play to get PSU on the board and it came with a 40-yard touchdown…

7-1 PSU fends off Griffons, prepares for Northwest Oklhaoma State

Michael Bauer | sports editor After battling through a month of fixtures that included two ranked opponents and three consecutive games on the road, the 7-1 Gorillas will return to the confines of Carnie Smith Stadium to take on non-conference foe the Northwestern Oklahoma State Rangers this Saturday. It’ll be the first meeting between the two schools. This game will mark the start of PSU’s final stretch (one that’ll feature softer opponents than in October) in the regular season and for some players, it couldn’t come soon enough as the Gorillas saw their undefeated start come to an end with a loss in the Fall Classic before grinding out a 34-14 win over previously unbeaten…