When: Saturday, September 14, 3:05 PM Central Time
Where: McArthur Field, Monmouth, Oregon
Weather: 74 Degrees at Kickoff, Wind @ 5 MPH
Radio: Lion Sports Network via 88.9 KETR (Commerce) or stream http://www.ketr.org Charlie Chitwood (Play By Play), Brock Calloway (Color/Analysis), BJ Laudermilk (Studio and Score Updates)
Live Stats: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/wou/
Quarterback Miklo Smalls-The New Lion signal caller will get his first true test after literally playing a perfect game going 4 for 4 for 103 yards and 2 Touchdowns before being pulled. This is his first real test in how he commands the offense.
Tight End Tyler Guise-Like Smalls, he takes over a starting spot and will get his first true test this Saturday. He had a solid first game, but how well he plays will tell us how effective he should be the rest of the year. This is one guy with a lot of untapped potential. He can start showing it Saturday.
Running Back Spencer Long-The True Freshman had a fantastic first game. If he helps with the work load in the backfield, expect big things from him.
Defensive Back Kader Kohou-He took a punt return to the house and delivered some devastating hits on defense. If he continues this play, expect big things.
Placekicker Jake Viquez-After a less than impressive first PAT Miss, Viquez was money and really put a boot into the rest of his kicks. He has some serious air time under his kickoffs that allows his coverage to get to their spots. Another good game will be great for his confidence as we all know kicking is every bit as mental as it is physical.
Storylines: The Lions travel to the Pacific Northwest for an In-Region game against a team that lost to Angelo State by 25. This is a game where a statement can be made and a big win against Western Oregon on the road would serve as a measuring stick to see where we truly are at this point before LSC play begins in less than two weeks. There has been a more careful and measured approach and that might not be a bad thing. It seemed at times the previous years we were looking at the big opponents and overlooking the smaller ones and rushing to big time matchups. I really like this staff and set of players who seem to be taking it one day at a time, one practice at a time, and one game at a time.
And so far, the biggest game of the year to this point is the Western Oregon Wolves.