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This week in the RMAC

November 11th, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments


The race for the conference crown is coming down to the wire as both Mines and Pueblo came away with wins this past weekend. It was an exciting weekend of football in the RMAC as all but one game was settled by just a few points.

CSU Pueblo dominated Colorado Mesa in Grand Junction. We thought this would be a win for CSUP but not in this fashion. Mesa was clearly not ready for prime time as the T-wolves came away with a 52-3 win on the road. That leaves them at 7-1 in the conference and keeps them at #8 in the rankings. Greg O’Donnell, the place kicker, was selected as RMAC Special Teams POTW as he went 7-7 in extra points and kicked a 26 yard field goal. He also had 560 yards in kick offs. Yawn. What do you expect when your team is scoring more points that a basketball team? McDondle did rush for 136 yards on 21 carries and had 2 TDs before the 2nd team came into the game.

Mines had a scare on the road against Western State. The Mountaineers jumped out to a 14-0 lead at the end of the first and held a 20-14 edge at the break before the Orediggers came back in the third with 14 points. They won the game 35-26. The D of WSCC held the #2 offense in the nation to just 444 yards, only 233 passing. Linebacker Jaden Terry led the charge with 21 tackles, 18 unassisted. He had 2 sacks as well which earned him Defensive POTW honors in the conference. Austin Ekeler was outperformed by Mines’ Tevin Champagne, 33 rushes, 186 yards. Ekeler was ‘held’ to 107 yards on 24 carries.

The silver lining on the cloud for Mustang fans, guess who lost?! Highlands fell to Black Hills State, 30-27. The Yellowjackets jumped on top 17-0 at the end of the first and never looked back. The number 1 offense of the Cowboys was held to a total of 384 yards, 256 passing. The Yellowjackets had one of their better days with 436 yards, 290 through the air but 140 on the ground, their best output of the season rushing. Lance Orender was replaced in the 2nd half by Tanner Wright at QB, but it was too little, too late.

Adams State got the win against Ft. Lewis in a rivalry game, 34-30. FLC held the lead at the half 23-7 but ASU was able to come back in the 2nd half getting the winning score with 1:25 left in the fourth.

John McLain was selected as the Offensive POTW for his 28-43, 352 yard, 5 TD performance against WNMU. Nuff said.

The key games in the final weekend of regular season play find Mines at home hosting Adams State. Nothing would be better for ASU than to beat Mines in the final game, giving the Grizzlies a bit of a silver lining on a disappointing season. Their head coach is retiring so don’t underestimate the emotional lift that will give the Grizz. However, Mines will be focused and needs the win, as they don’t want to be on the road in the first round of the playoffs. Neither do they want to miss the post season, which could happen if they lose and don’t get the automatic bid.

Pueblo will be home against Highlands. Who knows which team will show up to face CSUP? Highlands offense could put Pueblo on their heels and they are not a good come from behind team. But I imagine several players on the Cowboys will be thinking about having to go see their parole officers and won’t be focused on this game. Pueblo probably has a better chance of getting an at large bid if they don’t get the RMAC title. But they’ll win, hold the tie break and get another regular season championship.

Chadron will close at Ft. Lewis, which is no way an easy game for them. Let’s call upset as the Skyhawks are tough at home and Chadron is emotionally drained after last Saturday’s big win.

Western State and Colorado Mesa will close in Grand Junction with their big rivalry game. A Mesa win gives them a winning record so their coaches will have them fired up. Unless WSCC finds a way to get Ekeler loose and running for 200 plus, Mesa gets the win.

Black Hills will be riding high and now, with FLC falling to 2-6 which ties them with BHSU for last, the Yellowjackets will be hoping for a win combined with a Skyhawk loss to pull them out of the cellar. Dangerous combination.

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