Gorillas prep for important final month of regular season

Pitt State is 5-2 with four games left in the regular season.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – The Pittsburg State Gorillas know where they stand through seven weeks of the MIAA season.

“We’re in a position where we’re still playing meaningful games here down the stretch of the season,” says head coach Brian Wright, “That’s a good place to be. We certainly could be two games better. You could always look back on those things and dwell on that, but we have to continue to move forward and get better.”

“We go out and we prepare every week to win every game. That hasn’t changed,” says senior running back Tucker Horak, “We’ve ran into a lot of adversity, which isn’t unlike what we deal with every year. I think we’ve done a great job of handling that.”

Pitt State is 5-2 heading into the weekend.

They sit in third place in the MIAA with just four games left – each as important as the next.

“It will be a grind here, one that we’ll take one week at a time,” Wright says.

“Coach Wright does a great job of making sure we take it one week at a time and take it game by game and only focus on who we’re playing that week,” says PSU defensive lineman Keiondre Hall.

“For us to pass the test that we’re looking to pass, we’ve got to make it through this and be playing our best football,” Wright adds.

The Gorillas go to Missouri Western this weekend, before coming back home to host Central Oklahoma and Washburn. They’ll finish up the regular season after that with a road game at Fort Hays State.

The team knows their path to the playoffs is a narrow one. They’ll need some help and they’ll have to at least win each of their final four games.

That starts with Missouri Western on Saturday.

“They are an exceptional football team,” Wright says of Missouri Western, “I’ve continued to watch the film all week long and see all the good things they do in all three phases.”

“They got guys who play really hard and you can tell their schemes are really well put together,” Horak adds of the Griffons.

“They’re very athletic,” Wright finishes, “I’ve been really impressed with coach Williamson and his staff and how they’ve recruited over the last few years, and the caliber of player that they bring in there.”

Pitt State’s game against Missouri Western will kick off at 4 PM Saturday in St. Joseph, Missouri.