BATTLE OF THE HEAVYWEIGHTS

BATTLE OF THE HEAVYWEIGHTS

BATTLE OF THE HEAVYWEIGHTS

Kyle Hanrahan & Jesse Cordova

For at least one day we can all be Pittsburg State fans as the Gorillas face the undefeated Northwest Missouri State University Bearcats at Arrowhead Stadium.

A win by Pitt State would definitely make for an interesting scenario as we approach the half way point of the season.

Northwest returns most of their starters from last year’s second place division two team. Already this year Northwest has outscored opponents 204 to 64.

Senior running back Xavier Omon will be the biggest key to the Bearcat’s success, as he has rushed for 495 yards and a conference leading 12 touchdowns so far.

PSU will also feature a running back who seems to step up at the right times in junior Caleb Farabi who already has 9 touchdowns for the Gorillas. Both teams are coming off victories over conference opponents. Don’t expect Northwest to repeat another 86-point performance this week but Pitt’s defense has a big chore ahead of them trying to stop the most explosive offense in Division Two football.

Defensively, the Gorillas are led by junior outside linebacker Jeremy Jackson and senior safety Nick Dellasega. Between the two of them, Dellasega and Jackson have combined for 87 tackles and two sacks.

The Gorillas boast a very talented and very deep group of linebackers. Aside from Jackson, there are fellow juniors Austin Cartwright and Giorgio Majors, and senior Jason Northern.

Northern is third on the team with 30 tackles to go along with two sacks.

Defensively the Bearcats are led by sophomore defensive end Sean Paddock who has provided a lot of pressure on opposing quarterbacks so far this year. The team defense of this Northwest squad is very impressive.

In four games they have only allowed an average of only 56.8 yards rushing per game and 284.8 total yards per game. All this and no one on the team has more than 24 tackles (senior linebacker Jared Erspamer).

Take Northwest in this game by double digits. PSU is playing one of their backup quarterbacks and probably won’t be able to score with this Bearcat offense, despite fielding more stars on the defensive side of the ball.