WU offense hopes to keep rolling vs. Bearcats

Eric Smith

Dane Simoneau and the Washburn Ichabod football team set or tied several records last week in their 55-3 victory against the Pittsburg Gorillas. And the Ichabods are hoping they can keep it rolling for their game against the conference-leading Northwest Bearcats at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Maryville, Mo.

The No. 16 Ichabods (6-2 overall, 4-2 in the MIAA) face the Bearcats (7-1, 6-0), the fourth-ranked team in the nation, for Homecoming.

“Hopefully this momentum carries over to next week,” said Simoneau. “Northwest has got a great team and we’re going to have to come out and play well.”

Northwest Missouri has won the last four against the Bods and has won 37 straight versus MIAA opponents.

While the Bearcats’ only loss came to ninth-ranked Abilene Christian, the Ichabods are looking to make it two as they are coming off what coach Schurig called the best the team has played in a while.

“It was exciting, we were clicking on our cylinders offensively and defensively,” said Simoneau, from Salina. “We came out and played great against a good Pitt team and kind of put it to them.”

Simoneau was 20-of-28 passing for 362 yards and had six touchdown passes which tied both a school and MIAA record for most in a single game. Ichabod Barry Griffiths threw six touchdowns against Emporia State in 1988. For the performance, Simoneau was awarded with his second MIAA Offensive Player of the Week award.

“The credit goes to my offensive line,” said Simoneau. “They’re playing tough and held in there. We got a lot of weapons on offense and some wide receivers that can make big plays and come down with big catches and that makes it easy. I kind of got the easy part because they always seem to get open.

“It’s a great honor, but I’ve got give credit to my teammates because without them, it doesn’t happen. I got great players around me.”