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Scott Puryear, Sports Information Director
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The Aggie Crewe, comprised of members of the OPSU Music Department, provided great entertainment for the season opener at Carl Wooten Field last Saturday. - Jeff Flanagan photo

**For Immediate Release**
Emporia State Downs OPSU in Season Opener
-by Scott Puryear of Aggie Sports 09-03-06

Goodwell -- The Hornets of Emporia State visited Oklahoma Panhandle State University on Saturday night and handed the Aggies a season opening 69-6 loss.

The Hornets’ “one-two” quarterback punch of Ben Purkeypile and Justin Whitworth, along with running back Seville Ko, did most of the offensive damage. Purkeypile passed for 199 yards and three TDs, while Whitworth passed for one score and ran for another. Ko ran for 141 yards on 18 carries and scored twice.

OPSU quarterback Brandon Warner scored on a six yard run near the end of the opening period, and with a failed extra point, the Aggies trailed 14-6 as the first quarter time expired. At the half, Emporia State held a 35-6 lead.

Warner’s 48-yard run in the first quarter was an example of the sophomore’s fine athletic ability. In the second half, Aggie running back David Daniels also reeled off a spectacular run. The hard running senior was credited with a 24-yard gain and earned every inch of it as he reversed his direction several times and made several nifty moves.

On the night, Warner rushed for a total of 54 yards, and Daniels gained 49 on just seven carries. Steven Jackson led OPSU in receiving with a pair of catches for 23 yards.

On the defensive side, Aggie linebacker Ranoaldo Davis was in the thick of things all night, and was in on 11 tackles. There were several “big hits” from other Aggies, including Jason Butler, Tim Hearne and Mikel Estala. On the night, Butler was in on seven tackles and Hearne and Estala were both in on six.
A big, crowd pleasing “pop” came from OPSU senior linebacker Jan Van Fredenberg on a Hornet punt returner in the second half.

Next Saturday, the Aggies will travel to Kansas to face Pittsburg State.




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