Football tries to turn things around in the back half of the season
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Football tries to turn things around in the back half of the season

Published 10/5/17

Dustin Teenor

TNE Writer

Nearly half of this year’s football season is over. Although the RiverHawks do not have a win to prove their hard work, the spirit of the team is not quite broken.

“Going into the second half of the season has been built around us having nothing to lose,” said Ra’Keim Abdul, senior running back from Overland Park, Kan. “It’s going out for every game and playing it like it’s your last. For seniors like myself that statement holds true because these last few games might be the last football games of our careers, so not holding back is what we have been harping on for the second half of the season.”

The RiverHawks have a record of 0-5 this season, with three of the those losses coming at home and two on the road. Despite this record, Abdul has showed he wants to play hard for his team no matter the circumstance.

 “I try to improve my game week by week,” said Abdul. “I understand if I play well that’ll increase our chances of winning, starting with our big boys up front and finishing with me. A personal goal for myself this week is breaking 100 plus yards with at least two touchdowns.”

Abdul rushed for 72 yards, averaging almost ten yards a carry, in the last match up against Missouri Western State. His performance was a season high for rushing by an individual this season.

The RiverHawks had a disappointing loss in their homecoming match up on Sept. 30, losing to the Griffons 17-64. The Griffons put up 34 unanswered points before the RiverHawks made a  31-yard field goal to put their first points on the board in the third quarter.

“After losing the last game like that, the attitude is really just go do your assignment have fun and just play ball,” said Jaylen Hall, senior defensive back from Chico, Calif. “We don’t have anything to lose. Nothing is on the line so we have to just play.

NSU will be playing the Hornets at 2 p.m., Oct. 7 in Emporia, Kan. The Hornets have lost their last two games to the University of Central Missouri and the University of Central Oklahoma. Emporia is 2-3 with their other loss coming from No. 1 in Division II, Northwestern Missouri State. The RiverHawks will play Northwest Missouri State next week, so a win against the Hornets will be a big confidence boost going into a game against No. 1 in Division II.

 “We've been emphasizing our unity and swag on and off the field,” said La’Vonte White, sophomore defensive back from Lufkin, Texas. “We’re staying positive through our ups and downs. A win is always lovely in sports just to break a losing streak and turn the season around. It would propel our confidence to come out on top. The team and I are keeping the losses we've took in mind going into the upcoming weeks. It serves as a chip on our shoulder to know we can't go anywhere but up despite our losing record. This week against Emporia State the secondary and I are going to be tested all game and we have to make the offense pay every time the ball is in the air.”

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