November 28, 2022

Dawson County Journal

Dawson County, Nebraska

Home Opener Set For Lopers

Kearney, Neb. – The 11th/12th-ranked Nebraska-Kearney football team faces 29th-ranked Pittsburg State in a key NCAA Division II game Thursday night at Ron & Carol Cope Stadium at Foster Field. This is first of six home games for the Lopers (1-0) who went 5-0 last year at Foster, the first unbeaten home slate since 2009. UNK is looking for its first win over Pitt (1-0) at home since 1982. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. with fireworks set for after the game. Fans not in attendance can follow along on the The River 93.1/106.9 KRVN FM and live stats. KRVN’s Jayson Jorgensen spoke this week with head coach Josh Lynn about last week’s win and the matchup tongiht.

UNK knocked off the mighty and storied Gorillas in each of the last two years in Kansas, 31-26 and 28-17. Amazingly, the Lopers are 7-6 all-time at Pitt but 3-8 at home. Both of those games went down to the wire with quarterback TJ Davis (Colorado Springs) throwing a 44-yard touchdown pass to super senior back Montrez Jackson (Trenton, Fla.) with 11 minutes left in the fourth to put the Lopers ahead for good. A three-yard run by Davis with three minutes left secured the win. Pitt finished up 8-3 with the other setbacks coming by one and two points, respectively.

Each team has plenty of graduate students, super seniors, redshirt seniors and redshirt juniors dotting the two-deep. Last Thursday, UNK used a big fourth quarter to win at Missouri Southern State, 24-7, with Pitt using the big play to down Central Missouri, 21-10, at home. The Gorillas, led by third-year head coach Brian Wright (15-5 career record), have plenty of returning All-MIAA selections including linebacker Morgan Selemaea. He missed most of last fall due to injury, an ailment that happened against UNK. The will is a rare three-time All-MIAA pick. He’s part of a defense that gave up just 19 points and 341 yards per game last year. The Gorillas also forced 17 turnovers and allowed just 3.5 yards per rush. Other notables on this unit include safety Brandon Mlkeus, linemen Zeke Wall and linebacker P.J. Sarwinski.

Source: Regional Sports