Football greets new stadium with Homecoming win
The Kansas Wesleyan University football team opened the Graves Family Sports Complex with a homecoming victory continuing their winning streak. The undefeated Coyotes beat McPherson College 48-7 on Oct. 3 for their fifth victory of the season.
“It’s a veteran group now, that are focused and eyes on the prize. We are locked in and ready to go.”- Head Coach Matt Drinkall
Kansas Wesleyan set the tone of the game scoring a touchdown in the first two minutes of the game, and led the Bulldogs 13-0 at the end of the first quarter. The Yotes scored in 1:42 of the second quarter to extend their lead 21-0. A sack by freshman Joshua Davis and an interception by Tyrone Wright put the Coyotes offense quickly back on the field. McPherson slowed down the pace, pressing for two interceptions and a fumble. The Coyotes defense held their end, forcing a fumble and another interception.
“I think we were pressing so bad, especially on our offense side. I have nothing but great things to say about our defense, but we press too hard. We were trying to make big plays. If we had a turnover we tried to make up for it right away, as opposed of just running the offense, take what they give you and get first downs which advances down the field.”- Head Coach Matt Drinkall
Coming back into the third quarter, Kansas Wesleyan put up another touchdown to leave McPherson trailing behind until a 75-yard interception by the Bulldogs put them on the board 28-7. A quick 49 kickoff return by LonDarius Thomas added to the Coyotes lead.
“We went in the locker room, everybody took a deep breath and calmed down, and moved forward,”- Coach Drinkall.
The Coyotes would score again to walk away with a 48-7 homecoming victory.
“A year ago when we were getting our teeth kicked in by everybody, it was a different set of challenges. Now it’s almost a harder set of challenges because you got to sharpen the axe every single week.You can’t really catch anybody by surprise now at this point. And on top of which the meat of our schedule is coming up with really difficult, high quality opponents that are well coached, big kids, fast kids, physical kids. We are going to learn a lot about ourselves in the next month.”- Head Coach Matt Drinkall
The Coyotes will play home on October 10 against Friends University.