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Pittsburg State Football Now Three Wins Away from Back-To-Back Undefeated Regular Seasons

Derek Livingston
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Pittsburg State University

The Gorillas welcome a new opponent into the Jungle this weekend when they host the (3-5) University of Sioux Fall Cougars.

Pittsburg State football remains unbeaten.

The Gorillas are now three wins away from back-to-back regular undefeated seasons.

KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.

The number two ranked Pittsburg State Gorillas were on the road this past Saturday, taking on their MIAA rival, Northwest Missouri Bearcats.

The Gorillas were shutting out the Bearcats until the 4th quarter when they scored their only points of the game. The game was close statistically, PSU had 297 total yards, while Northwest had 290.

The Gorillas edged the Cats by one first down, 17 to 16. Scoring wise, the Gorilla never trailed, defeating NWSU 28 to 7. Pitt State Head Football coach Brian Wright spoke about the win last night on ESPN Radio 100.7 FM.

“Certainly proud of our guys, and the focus that our team had leading up to this ballgame, we had a great week of practice. We got there and you could just tell that our guys were locked in all the way and we had Ron Freeman come talk to the guys Friday night in the hotel and he had them all fired up.”

Freeman is a Blackwater, Missouri native, an All-American, and Pitt State alum who played for the Gorillas from 1978 until 1981.
The first NCAA Division 2 Regional rankings were released Monday night and the Gorillas are one of three MIAA teams ranked, though for the first week, all the teams are unranked.

Pittsburg State football hosts the University of Sioux Falls this Saturday at Carnie Smith Stadium.

Kick off at 2 pm.

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Since 2017 Fred Fletcher-Fierro has driven up Highway 171 through thunderstorms, downpours, snow, and ice storms to host KRPS’s Morning Edition. He’s also a daily reporter for the station, covering city government, elections, public safety, arts, entertainment, culture, sports and more. Fred has also spearheaded and overseen a sea change in programming for KRPS from a legacy classical station to one that airs a balance of classical, news, jazz, and cultural programming that better reflects the diverse audience of the Four States. For over two months in the fall of 2022 he worked remotely with NPR staff to relaunch krps.org to an NPR style news and information website.