Pitt State preps for fall finale

The Gorillas will play their fourth and final game of the season Saturday.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – What was once an improbable season is already coming to an end for the Pittsburg State Gorillas.

“Once that first game hit, we were just rolling,” says defensive lineman Zeke Wall, “It just flew by. It’s crazy to think we’re already on our last game. ”

“We worked all off-season not knowing if we were going to get to play a game at all,” adds running back Tyler Adkins, “I think just having four games is exciting for us, to be able to play and not waste the whole off-season doing workouts for nothing.”

Pitt State will play its fourth and final game of the fall on Saturday against West Texas A&M.

Although it’s been an abbreviated schedule, it’s been worth it for first-year head coach Brian Wright and the Gorillas.

“Any opportunity to play this season has helped us and helped our football team come together, get better and grow,” Wright says, “Plus, we have something in the off-season to evaluate and work from.”

There have been ups and downs on both sides of the ball in the team’s first three games of the fall.

“We’re making progress week-to-week,” Wright adds, “We’re nowhere near where we need to be offensively. I’m disappointed that we haven’t been able to put more points on the board right now. We’ve ran the ball well at times. We’ve passed the ball well at times. We just haven’t been able to put it all together.”

As for the defense,

“We’ve got to still eliminate the big plays and the big conversions on third and fourth-and-long,” Wright says, “But you can overcome a few things if you’ve playing aggressively, playing fast and running to the football. I’m really pleased with how our defense is doing that.”

“I think we’ve been rolling on the defensive side,” Wall says, “We’ve been playing fast and hard. We want to be the most physical team out there.”

Pitt State is 1-2 heading into this weekend.

Win or lose, they say they’ve already done what they came do do this fall.

“I think we’ve proven a lot,” Wall says, “That we’re the real deal and we’re coming after that national championship.”

After Saturday, it’s full speed ahead on getting ready for fall 2021.

“We have high school playoff games that we can get out and see,” Wright says of his plans after the season, “Then we’ll get into a contact period here in December where we can get out and see some guys. Then it will be about getting recruits on campus after that.”

Pitt State’s game against West Texas A&M will begin at noon on Saturday.