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This week in the RMAC

November 5th, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

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For Mustang fans it was a good week with a come from behind win, Highlands losing and another player honored by the RMAC. This week Darius Guillory was named the RMAC Defensive POTW after he nabbed 2 INTs in the game against Adams State. Darius got his first INT in the 2nd quarter setting up a Mustang FG and his 2nd was late in the game after WNMU had taken the lead; his INT sealed the win for WNMU. Not to take anything away from Darius, but Marques Rodgers deserved the honor for offense.

Looking at the results, the tie remains at the top of the standings. Colorado Mines got the win over Mesa, 37-23. This was a back and forth affair with the teams trading scores early in the game. Mesa was able to keep Mines out of the end zone 3 times on the day, giving up FGs which kept them within striking distance but Mines proved too much for the D of Mesa. Mines moved up to #23 in the nation with the win. Mesa drops to 4-3 in RMAC play and out of a tie with Chadron for 3rd place.

CSU-Pueblo picked up the win over Black Hills 49-7 at home. This was not much of a game. QB Chris Bonner picked up Offensive POTW honors as he hit on 18-21 passes for 285 yards and 4 TDs against 0 picks. That’s a 262.57 passer efficiency rating which is no doubt impressive. Stephan Dickens was named Special Teams POTW as he returned a punt 73 yards to pay dirt and is 2nd in the nation in punt return average, 21.9 yards per return. BHSU drops to 1-6 in RMAC play.

Chadron State got a solid win on the road at Highlands, 52-38. Highlands jumped out to a 14-0 lead early but Chadron tied it by the end of the 1st quarter and then put up 21 pts in the 2nd to take control. Chadron was able to rush for 250 yards which helped them to win the time of possession battle by about 7 minutes. That kept Orender and the Highlands offense on the sideline which is the best way to beat them. They still had 500 plus yards of offense but it wasn’t enough. Chadron sits in third at 5-2 while Highlands drops to 3-4 in the RMAC.

Fort Lewis and Western State battled to the end with FLC dropping the home game, 26-27. FLC jumped out to a 16 nothing lead early and was up by 9 at the break. But Western State got 14 in the 3rd to pull within 2. It was a late 31 yard TD pass that put WSCC up for good. In fact, 3 of WSCC’s scores were on Arrivey passes. FLC actually did a good job holding Ekeler in check. He had an 82 yard run in the 2nd but was held to 38 yards on 19 carries outside of that run. Arrivey just had a big day for him 13-27, 242 yards and 3 TDs. Western State is now 3-4 in conference play and FLC is 2-5.

Looking ahead, both Mines and Pueblo have potential trap games on the road. Mines will head to Western State to deal with Ekeler and the Mountaineer running game. Mines defense is solid enough; first in the RMAC in rushing defense with 120 per game but that’s partially because everyone is having to throw the ball to keep up with them. They’ll likely hit WSCC early with the pass, WSCC is one of the worst in the RMAC in pass defense. Mines wins easily on the road.

Pueblo will head to Mesa. The Twolves boast the #1 defense in the RMAC. First in scoring, total defense, and passing and 2nd in rushing. Mesa’s defense is pretty good too, top 4 in every category except rushing D. They are next to last in rushing D so watch for Cameron McDondle to have a big day running the ball for CSUP. This will be a close one with both teams trying to run the ball, keep it close and come out with the win in the end. This will come down to turnovers as both teams are at the top of the RMAC in creating turnovers. I won’t be surprised if Mesa wins but expect Pueblo to be on top at the end.

There are a lot of ‘meaningless’ games in the RMAC, as far as standings and playoff implications are concerned, but a lot of teams are looking to get or stay on track for a winning season. Ft. Lewis will travel to Adams State. FLC is improving and can get a winning season if they win out. ASU is going to have a losing season and may be down mentally but they will try and get back on the winning track at home. FLC will get the win in this one.

Highlands will make the long trek to Black Hills. The Cowboys should get a win as BHSU is at the bottom of almost every statistical category in the RMAC with one exception, passing offense. They are #4 and that also puts them up there in yardage per game. They don’t score a lot even though they have talent but this could turn in to a shootout, which still benefits NMHU as they can score. Highlands hasn’t imploded like they have in past seasons so this will be a win for the Cowboys as they try to win out and get to a winning season.

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