Gorillas set for Saturday’s season opener

Pitt State will play Nebraska-Kearney Saturday afternoon.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Pitt State head coach Brian Wright is about to get his first taste of Gorilla gameday.

“Through all that we’ve been through, just to have this opportunity to lead our football team out there onto the field, doing what we all love to do, it’s pretty exciting,” Wright says.

“It’s been a long time coming,” adds offensive lineman Zech Thomas, “We finally get to show you all all the hard work we’ve been doing.”

The Gorillas will host Nebraska-Kearney on Saturday in front of a limited crowd.

“Even though it’s not the full gameday atmosphere and we’re not going to have as much fans at the stadium, our mindset is still that it’s game day,” says senior linebacker Morgan Selemaea, “We’re going to show them what the Gorillas are all about.”

Saturday’s game is one of five on the schedule for Pitt State this fall.

While the goal is to win, the Gorillas also want to find out what they have in some younger players.

“We have a good group of young people,” Wright says of his roster, “We’ve got some depth at some of the positions that we’d like to see some other guys. I think a lot of that is just going to naturally happen, because at certain positions we just have young guys that we need to see anyway, and they’re going to have to spell some of those starters.”

At quarterback, Wright isn’t naming a starter.

However he does say we’ll see Mak Sexton, Matt Harman and Chad Dodson each on the field on Saturday.

“We’ll throw the guy that’s going to start out there early and give him those first couple series,” Wright says of his QB plan, “Then we’ll let the next QB in. We’ll play it by ear from that point and see the flow of the game.”

Saturday’s game will begin shortly after noon.