MIAA Division 2 players of the week

Frazell earns accolades for football | Michael Bauer Sports Editor | Senior field-goal kicker Connor Frazell was named the MIAA Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday, Oct. 6. Frazell, from Iola, booted three field goals to help the Gorillas to a 23-13 win over the Missouri Western State Griffons on Saturday, Oct. 4, in St. Joseph, Mo. Frazell kicked field goals of 25, 25 and 34 yards in the game. His first kick gave the Gorillas a 17-10 lead in the second quarter. Frazell was the only player to get on to the scoreboard in the second half from either team with his 25-yard kick in the third quarter and a 34-yarder in…

Back in the game

Offense recovers in 23-13 win | Michael Bauer sports editor | Pitt State’s offense scored two first-quarter touchdowns while the defense held the Missouri Western State Griffons scoreless in the second half in a 23-13 win on Saturday, Oct. 4, in St. Joseph, Mo. Pittsburg State’s offense, which last week was limited to only six points against Fort Hays State, took only six minutes to set things straight with senior quarterback Anthony Abenoja connecting with junior running back Jamal Tyler for a 15-yard touchdown early in the game. Four minutes later, Abenoja scored off a 5-yard run and senior kicker Connor Frazell’s leg did the rest of the work for the Gorillas with three field…

Stunned…

Tigers take Gorillas 7-6 | Michael Bauer sports editor | One touchdown. That was all the Tigers needed to upset the Gorillas 7-6 at Carnie Smith Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 27, in the team’s first victory over Pitt State since 1978. As 11,489 fans witnessed, eighth-ranked PSU was held to its lowest home score in 23 years. Fort Hays State quarterback Traveon Albert heaved a 44-yard pass that was ruled intercepted by Pitt State’s senior cornerback De’Vante Bausby at the PSU 3-yard line and then fumbled into the end zone where FHSU receiver Ed Williams recovered the loose ball for a touchdown on the game’s opening drive. PSU was limited to only two field goals…

Defense records second shutout in 42-0 romp

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State defense has fared well in its 2014 campaign, adding its second shutout of the season to the record with a 42-0 win over the Washburn Ichabods on Saturday, Sept. 20, in Topeka. In the second quarter, with the Gorillas leading 21-0, the Ichabods had the ball on the Pitt State 1-yard line with four downs to score. All four plays went to waste as Pitt State stuffed Washburn on a goal-line stand and the Ichabods turned the ball over on downs. “The defensive goal-line stand was absolutely phenomenal,” said Tim Beck, head coach, in his post-game interview with KKOW. The first three plays went up the…

Abenoja breaks passing record

| Michael Bauer sports editor | Senior quarterback Anthony Abenoja became the Gorillas’ all-time leader on passing yardage after throwing 328 yards and three touchdowns in Pittsburg State’s 38-7 win over Lindenwood on Thursday, Sept. 11, in St. Charles, Mo. Pitt State increased its season record to 2-0, leaving Lindenwood sitting at 1-1. “Our coaching staff did another great job with the game plan,” said Tim Beck, head coach, in his post-game interview with KKOW. “That’s team defense when you see a lot of people getting to the ball and being physical when they get there.” Right from kick-off, it did not take long for the Gorillas to get going. Abenoja faked a hand-off to…

37-0 run-out

Jeff Seybold, Jr., junior and running back, scores the second touchdown during the game against the Riverhawks leading to a 37-0 win on Saturday September 6.

| Michael Bauer sports editor | John Brown and Nate Dreilling may be gone, but after the way things went on Saturday, Sept. 6, Pitt State fans had trouble telling the difference. The Gorillas won their first home game of the season against the Northeastern State River Hawks 37-0. Junior wide receiver Marquise Cushon provided a comfortable look into the post-John Brown era by catching four passes for a game-high 96 yards in the first half and adding three rushes for 26 yards in the second. “Marquise is a very explosive competitor,” said Tim Beck, head coach. “He’s a great triple jumper for our track and field team. He likes to compete. I’m glad he’s…

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…