Summer is quickly coming to an end, which means its officially football season! The Sycamores are getting ready to face the Kansas Jayhawks Saturday, Aug. 31.
These two teams have gone against each other a total of three times counting this Saturday’s contest. The Jayhawks lead their series against the Sycamores 2-0 with a commanding lead on Missouri Valley Conference teams at 11-2. In both games the Sycamores have been beat by two touchdowns or more.
There is no need to fret because there’s always a chance for the trees to set the tone for the season in an upset win. The Sycamores are ranked 16 spot in the Missouri Valley Conference to start the year.
Prior to 2017, the Sycamores were “iffy” in terms of consistency. If the Sycamores are able to pull off this upset, this would be the first time in 32 attempts that they beat a BCS team. Especially with the momentum the Sycamores have coming off of their 7-4 finish last year, it would be a huge confidence booster for the entire team. This team has the chance to make something special happen in this school’s football program. That will not only translate to more team spirit; also, more school spirit.
Leading the helm will be the Redshirt senior Jonas Griffith. Last year he had a break out year earning All-American honors from three different publications. As of now, Griffith has earned 276 tackles, 21.5 tackles-for-loss, 10 sacks, two interceptions, and three forced fumbles.
On the offensive end, redshirt senior Ryan Boyle threw for 1,672 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. He helped the Sycamores end the last five games of the season on a win streak, as they won five games in a row.
Overall, it is plausible for the Sycamores to come out on top in this game. They have all the potential and momentum behind them with various key players still here on the team.
It will be hard for opponents to forget about special teams juggernaut Jerry Nunez. Nunez came off an impressive season in 2018 going 40-of-41 on point after tries and 15-of-19 on field goal tries. He accounted for the most points on the team with 85 points and a season long 48 yards against Missouri State. Either way there are a ton of positives going into the 2019 football season. Sunday will tell the tale so all the Sycamore fans should be prepared for a great season opener.