By Russ Green-Sports Editor
Although he wasn’t the head coach of the Orrick Bearcats last year, Nick Chapman has reminded his team about last year’s Homecoming game at Sweet Springs. The Bearcats were this close to finding the win column and snapping a long I-70 Conference skid when Nathan Vogelsmeier returned an Orrick punt 90 yards for a touchdown with under one minute remaining to give the Greyhounds a 34-30 victory.
This year its Homecoming at Orrick and their guests Friday night are those same Greyhounds. The Bearcats would like nothing better than to burst into the win column for the first time this season with Sweet Springs as the victim.
“That’s one thing we’ve talked to the kids about this week,” Chapman said. “We’ve even shown them the play on video as a reminder. It’s a team we feel like we can go out and compete with and get a win, but we have to finish the game. We can’t think we’ve got it won and give up something like that and lose a game we’ve led most of the way in.”
The Greyhounds enter Friday night’s 7 p.m. kickoff at Simmons Field with a 1-3 mark, including an 0-2 showing in conference play.
Once again, the Bearcats will have to keep an eye on Vogelsmeier. The Greyhound senior leads the team in rushing with 198 yards on 5 carries, including 5 of the team’s half dozen rushing touchdowns. He also has a team-high 12 receptions for 419 yards and 4 more touchdowns.
Last week, the Bearcats’ roster was reduced to a precious few due to injuries and some academic issues. Chapman said his roster should be a little deeper this week.