ESU Football Vs Ft. Hays State
HAVE WE BEEN HERE BEFORE
The #20 Hornets make their third straight trip to Maryville, Mo. to take on #4 Northwest Missouri. This will be the first time Emporia State has traveled to Northwest Missouri in a position to make the playoffs since 1998.
LAST TIME OUT
The #15 Emporia State Hornets outscored #12 Missouri Western in the second half but it was not enough in a 57-28 loss to #12 Missouri Western on Thursday on Jones Field at Welch Stadium. Tyler Eckenrode finished the game 24 of 48 for 290 yards and two touchdowns to go with two interceptions. He was 16 of 30 for 245 yards in the second half. Shjuan Richardson finished with 11 catches for 138 yards and a touchdown while Ray Ray Davis had five catches for 61 yards and a score. Derwin Hall was the leading rusher for Emporia State with 33 yards on seven carries with two touchdowns. Ben Carlson had a game high 13 tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception on a PAT does not officially count in the stats. Kadeem Satchell, playing for All-American Derek Lohmann who was injured on the first series of the game, had ten tackles.
Garin Higgins has compiled a career record of 78-46 as he begins his 11th season as a head coach. He has led the Hornets to within just one game of a post season berth each of the last two seasons. He is 27-37 in his sixth season at his alma mater and is 18-12 over the last three seasons. He had a 51-9 career record as the head coach at Northwestern Oklahoma, including two trips to the national championship game. Higgins was a quarterback for Emporia State from 1987-90 and was on the 1989 national runners-up team. He is 0-5 against NWMSU.
Adam Dorrel is 19-4 in his second year at Northwest Missouri. He is 1-0 against ESU.
SCOUTING THE HORNETS
The Hornets lead the MIAA and are ranked fifth in the nation in pass defense efficiency. ESU leads the MIAA and is ranked tenth in the nation in passing offense. Tyler Eckenrode leads the MIAA and is eighth in the nation in total offense. Shjuan Richardson leads the MIAA in receiving yards and receptions. He is ranked third in the nation in receiving yards and 11th in receptions.
SCOUTING THE BEARCATS
Northwest Missouri is 8-1, 7-1 in the MIAA and are ranked #4 in the nation. They rank second in the nation in pass efficiency defense and turnover margin, and are third in scoring defense. They are sixth in the nation in scoring offense. They have won seven straight games since falling to Central Missouri 31-21 in week two.
LAST TIME AGAINST NWMSU
Tyler Eckenrode was 26 of 42 for 282 yards and a touchdown but it wasn’t enough as Emporia State fell 62-21 at #11 Northwest Missouri State. ESU gave up a season high 349 yards rushing and allowed both an interception return and punt return for touchdowns. The Hornets ended the game with 386 yards of total offense but gave up 603 yards to the Bearcats. Ray Ray Davis was Eckenrode’s favorite target with seven catches for 99 yards.
This is the 27th meeting in a series that began in 1930. NWMSU leads the series 24-2 and has won 17 straight. The last ESU win was 41-26 in Maryville in 1994.
Emporia State ends the regular season with the Turnpike Tussle against Washburn. Kick-off of the most played active Division II rivalry is set for 1:00 p.m. in Topeka, Kan.