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AGGIES LOOK TO REBOUND IN SHOW ME STATE

Posted Thursday, September 03, 2009 by staff
After giving a good accounting of themselves last week, but still coming away with a loss the 2009 OPSU Aggies are looking to rebound this week in Kirksville, MO.  They will take on the Bulldogs of the MIAA, arguably on of the toughest football conferences in NCAA II.

23-13 was the final score last week with the Aggies falling to the Ft. Lewis Skyhawks.  The Aggies won nearly all of the statistical battles accept the one that matters the most, the scoreboard.  Ft. Lewis was 2 of 13 in third down conversions and both of those came during fourth quarter scores that proved to be the difference of the game.

There were some bright spots for the Aggie crew.  The team only were charged with 20 yards in penalties and the Aggie offense managed 175 yards rushing in the outing.  Sophmore running back Jose Mendoza led all rushers with 129 yards and scored both Aggie TDs on runs of 19 and 51 yards. The Aggies led by a 13-7 margin going into the fourth quarter, but could not hold off the Skyhawks comeback with the hosts scoring 13 points in the final stanza to seal the victory.

The Aggie defensive front managed 6 quarterback sacks and held the Skyhawks to 40 yards rushing on the day.  Junior captain Anderew Walker accounted for 3 quarterback sacks and junior defensive end Dyran Wright was named DIIfootball.com Independent's Player of the Week for his efforts.

"We had some bright spots and are close to being a good football team.  We just have to put last week behind us, learn from our mistakes and move forward." stated Aggie head football coach Mike Wyatt.

Truman State is the next opponent for the Aggies and a formidable one, at that.  The Bulldogs play in the rugged MIAA which annually produces such DII powers as Northwest Missouri State and Pittsburgh State.  In their home opener, last week, the Bulldogs fell to, then,  NCAA II's #17 ranked Minnesota State by a margin of 32-13.  The game was characterized as one of missed opportunities for the Bulldogs who were in the redzone seven times and came away without any points.

A near capacity crowd is expected to greet the Aggies at Stokes Stadium in Kirksville, as the game has been tabbed "Take a Kid to the Game" day.  Additionally the NCAA and the American Football Coaches Association will co-sponsor a pre-game handshake by members of both teams as a symbol of sportsmanship calling it "Respect Weekend".

"We are happy to be connected with the "Respect Weekend" concept put forth by the NCAA and the AFCA.  That is what athletics should be all about, good, clean, hard fought battles, within the confines of being good sports.  We always stress those ideals in our program and are happy to symbolize it with the display." stated Wyatt.

The Aggies are considered the underdog in the contest and are looking to postpone the Bulldogs hopes of picking up their first win of the season.

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