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This week in the RMAC

October 4th, 2015 Leave a comment Go to comments

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With the obvious exception of the Mustangs loss at Ft. Lewis, everything went pretty much as expected in the RMAC. The only thing that was not expected was the margin of victory in some of the games. That said, after the third week of conference play, there are 4 teams that are undefeated in RMAC contests. Colorado Mines, Colorado Pueblo, Ft. Lewis, and Colorado Mesa are the top teams with WNMU, Adams State, and Chadron behind them at 1-2. The rest of the teams are winless.

Pueblo’s 56-0 win at Adams State may tell us more than any other game. The TWolves had a tough time at home against Western State a couple of weeks ago and Western New Mexico gave them a tough battle. We had said ASC would have a chance if they could slow down Cameron McDondle; not only couldn’t they do that, 19 carries for 205 yards and 3 TDs, but they couldn’t slow down Brandon McDondle, 19 carries 193 yards and 2 TDs.

Mines’ Justin Dvorak had a relatively quiet, yet highly efficient day, in their 51-6 drubbing of NM Highlands. The SR QB was 20-26 for only 234 yards and 4 TDs. It looks like Mines tried to establish more of a running game with Zac Guy carrying 7 times for 68 yds and Sam Seeton 16 times for 97 & 2 TDs.

Mesa had an easy time hosting Black Hills State. After a slow start, down 7-0 at the end of the 1st quarter, they exploded for 48 unanswered points. Mesa has a very balanced attack with QB Sean Rubalcaba hitting on 18-28 passes for 343 yards and 3 TDs. 4 guys carried the ball several times but Mesa’s main guy is DJ Hubbard, 17 rushes 129 yards and a TD. Jonathon Beverly toted the rock 11 times for 57 yds and 2 TDs.

Chadron State got their first win in the RMAC on the road at Gunnison, beating Western Colorado 31-24. They are very balanced offensively, 241 on the ground and 271 through the air on 47 rushes and 40 passes. CSC has a two headed running attack with Cody Paul get 101 yards on 13 carries (1 TD) and Derek Jackson adding 136 yards on 26 carries. Matt Vinson was solid at QB with 266 yds and 1 Td on 25-39 passing. It’s their defense that worries Eagle fans; they gave up 387 yards and 2 TDs to an average passing attack from Western State.

Next week’s action will be similar to this past weekend, not many key or high profile games. Adams will visit Chadron; Mesa will be at Highlands; Black Hills will host Western State Colorado and WNMU will face off against Colorado Mines. The key game will be Ft. Lewis at Colorado Pueblo; someone is dropping from the ranks of the undefeated.

Expect everything to go as you’d think, favorites winning easily. Pueblo and Mesa will remain on top of the conference at 4-0 with wins. Ft Lewis is good but not that good yet. Mines will lose a shootout at Western New Mexico to drop to 3-1 in a tie with FLC. Chadron will get their second conference win and Black Hills won’t be able to stop Austin Eckeler and the Western State running attack, Mountaineers get their first RMAC win.

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