» By Michael Williams
The APSU football team had a rocky start to their 2012 season, falling to Western Kentucky on Saturday, Sept. 1, in Bowling Green, Ky., 49-10.
The Govs could not seem to get things going on offense, converting only seven first downs and going 1-12 on third down.
The Govs did not put any points on the board until the first play of the second half when running back Wesley Kitts took it 68 yards for the touchdown to make the score 35-7.
“We gave up too many big plays and we didn’t get any turnovers,” said coach Rick Christophel.
The bright spot of the game was Kitts, who had 10 carries for 104 yards in his long awaited debut as the starting running back for APSU.
When asked how it felt to finally earn the starting role, he said, “It was nice, little more responsibility, to be the guy that is counted on to move the ball.” Kitts’ long 68-yard run to start off the second half sparked the team, but it wasn’t enough to keep the momentum on the Govs side.”
Kitts was later asked if he takes any positives from this game. He said, “Well yeah. We scored on a division one football team, and we got a few yards, and it was a tough game, but I think when we start playing in the Ohio Valley Conference we’ll be that much more prepared.”
The Gov’s strong safety, Antwaun Majors, had an active night on the defensive side of the ball. By the end of the third quarter, Majors had eight tackles including one huge sack in Saturday night’s game.Major said the defense needs to get better at shortening the field for the offense and continue to be good in the red zone.
The team will look to improve before they take on the task of playing the mighty Virginia Tech, on Saturday, Sept. 8 in Blacksburg, Va.