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And then there were 2

October 29th, 2015 Leave a comment Go to comments

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After last week’s action, there are now 2 unbeaten teams in the RMAC standings, Colorado Mesa and CSU-Pueblo. With Pueblo’s drubbing of Mines, they moved up to #4 in the rankings, while Mines dropped to #12. Mesa moved up to #19 in the latest poll.

The big surprise this week was once again, not who won but how easily they won. Pueblo put a whooping on Mines, 49-21. The Pueblo D was able to expose the weaknesses in Mines’ how powered offense. Not to mention that Cameron McDondle ran for 304 yards, which helped to eat up clock time and keep Mines’ offense on the sideline.

Colorado Mesa had a tougher time on the road against Ft. Lewis but came away with the 8 point victory, 21-13. They needed big plays to get the win, a 74 yard run and 71 yard reception got the first two scores of the game. Now they get to host Mines next Saturday before going to Pueblo the following week. Maybe they were looking ahead a little bit? After a quick start, FLC drops to 3-3 in the conference.

The rest of the games were the ‘eh’ games, teams just playing to salvage their seasons. Chadron came from behind to get the win over Black Hills State, 39-38; a much closer score than predicted getting them to 3-3 as well. Adams State got a rare road win over NM Highlands to pull to 3-3 in the RMAC. Highlands stays winless. Of course, the Mustangs dropped the game to Western State, who is also now 3-3 in conference play.

We’ll just point this out quickly; Western State players were selected across the board as Players of the Week in the RMAC. Ekeler for his offensive performance; Jacob Bernhard got the nod defensively with 20 tackles; punter Dakota Swinehart special teams, mostly for his fake punt TD.

The key game this week will be Mesa at Mines. A win by Mesa should set up another battle of undefeated teams the following week and will effectively take Mines out of the post season picture. Mesa has the blueprint, a good defense and a strong running game to beat Mines. But Mines is playing with a sense of desperation and we know that a good passing game can put up yards on Mesa; Mines will do a better job of scoring and should get the win.

Pueblo travels to Black Hills State for an easy win. They won’t be overlooking anyone at this point.

And then the ‘eh’ games that only fans of the involved teams will be interested in watching. Highlands will make the trek to Chadron for another loss. Ft. Lewis will hit the road to take on Western State in a battle of two teams on the rise. Give the edge to the home team and their running game but don’t be surprised if they have a bit of a let down and FLC comes away with a close win.

WNMU will hit the road to take on Adams State, always tough at home… more on that tomorrow.

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