Gorillas prepare to face aggressive Missouri Southern defense

The Lions forced 7 fumbles last week against Fort Hays State.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – The Pittsburg State Gorillas (4-0) host the Missouri Southern Lions (3-1) this weekend in week five of the MIAA schedule.

The Gorillas have been one of the best offenses in the league so far this season, averaging 30 points and 423 yards per game.

Pitt State will have to take care of the ball on Saturday to keep the offense moving, against an aggressive Missouri Southern defense that was able to force seven fumbles last week in their 25-24 road win over Fort Hays State.

“To force 15 fumbles in four games certainly gets your attention,” says PSU head coach Brian Wright on the Missouri Southern defense, “We always stress ball security, but we’ve worked it even a little bit more this week in practice.”

“They look pretty tough. They fly around and they do a great job in the run game of just going after it,” says Pitt State quarterback Chad Dodson, Jr., “I think they forced 7 fumbles last week and recovered 5 of them. They do a great job in the pass game as well. Their defensive backs go up and play through the receivers hands and get pass break-ups that way. They’re just a great defense that flies around and knows how to get the ball back.”

On the other side of the ball, the Pitt State defense will try to cool down a Missouri Southern offense that’s averaging 31 points during their three-game winning streak.

Through four games, the Gorillas are just one of two teams in the MIAA allowing fewer than 300 yards per game.

“Their offensive line moves the line of scrimmage really well,” says Pitt State linebacker Alex Gaskill, “They have a good running back in Nathan Glades and their quarterback is pretty solid. On the outside, they have wide receivers who can run. They have big, physical guys on the outside. It’s going to present a challenge to us to stop the run, and then being disciplined when they set up play action pass on the outside.”

“They’re a really improved team. They’re 3-1 this season against some really good opponents,” Dodson, Jr. finishes, “It’s a dog fight every week in this conference. It doesn’t matter who we’re playing. We have to be our best, show up and control what we can control and go 1-0 this week.”

Saturday’s game kicks off at 2 PM at Carnie Smith Stadium in Pittsburg.