Ichabods, Hornets set for 117th meeting in longstanding rivalry

Rick Peterson


Longstanding football rivals Washburn University and Emporia State will meet for the 117th time on Saturday, with the Hornets hosting the Ichabods in a 1 p.m. MIAA contest at Welch Stadium.

Washburn is 3-1 after a 47-41 home win over Missouri Western while 2-2 Emporia State is coming off a 30-28 road loss at Pittsburg State and its two losses have been by a total of three points.

The Ichabods and Hornets will be meeting for the first time since 2019, when Washburn took a 37-17 win in Emporia. Washburn trails the all-time series to the Hornets, 57-53-6.

"Rivalries are part of the fabric of college football and ours is a perfect rivalry,'' Washburn coach Craig Schurig said. "We're right down the street, the games are close.

"They're good. We feel like we're good and it should be a very intense, heated game. It's going to be a good game. They're talented across the board.''

Craig SchurigWashburn coach Craig Schurig is 11-7 against Emporia State entering Saturday's 117th game between the longstanding rivals. [File photo/TSN]

The Washburn-Emporia State series is the second-most played series in NCAA Division II history as South Dakota Mines and Black Hills State have reclassified to NCAA Division II. Those two schools have met 134 times dating back to 1895.

Washburn senior quarterback Mitch Schurig, the reigning MIAA Offensive Player of the Week, needs one touchdown pass to reach 50 for his career. He currently ranks fourth on the all-time chart, trailing Dane Simoneau (102), Jordan Brill (57) and Tyler Schuerman (53) on the Ichabod chart.

Schurig has passed for 4,971 yards in his career, which is sixth on the Ichabod career chart. He needs 525 yards to move into the top five all-time.

The Washburn quarterback completed 24 of 30 pass attempts in the win over Missouri Western with five touchdown passes.

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Font scores both goals as Seaman soccer wins third straight game

Isaac Deer


Seaman soccer extended its winning streak to three games Thursday night as senior Pablo Font scored both goals in a 2-0 home Centennial League win over Highland Park.

PabloFontPablo Font

The Vikings are hot as of late after a rocky start to the season and it’s obvious that Seaman's spirits are high and the Vikes have momentum.

The Seaman defense has shut out its last three opponents and coach Jacob Kirmer likes the way the Vikings defense has played lately.

“The defense has been more consistent and working together,'' he said.

Seaman’s offense also continues to show improvement, led by the likes of Gavin Wilhelm, Font and others.

“We have started playing together as a team,'' Kirmer said. "We’ve moved the ball well and haven’t faced any issues on the offensive side of the ball.”

Font scored both his goals in the first half, with his first goal off an assist from freshman Kaelin Loy and his second score off a pass from senior Justin Kruse.

The Vikings' successful defensive outing was led by junior goalkeeper Ayden Thompson. 

The second half lasted just about ten minutes before the game entered a rain delay with lightning strikes affecting the area.

After 50 minutes of delays, the game was called due to the storm.

Seaman improved to 4-7 on the season while Highland Park fell to 1-8-1 on the year.


Highland Park (1-8-1) 0 0 -- 0 

Seaman (4-7) 2 0 -- 2

Seaman -- Goals: Font 2. Assists: Loy, Kruse. Shutout: Thompson

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