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And there are still 2…

November 2nd, 2015 Leave a comment Go to comments

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It’s a mild surprise but it’s one we said could happen, Mesa went down to Golden and got a win over Colorado Mines to remain undefeated and set up a showdown with CSU Pueblo. For once, there was a big surprise in the results.

But first, Pueblo went on the road to get an easy win at Black Hills State. The running game of Pueblo continued to dominate, which makes for a good playoff run, as Cameron McDondle ran for 248 yards and 3 TDs. He carried the ball 30 times and continues to lead the nation in rushing yards, 1783, rushing yards per game, 199.2, and rushing TDs, 22. Black Hills remains winless. Pueblo remained ranked #4 in the nation as everyone in the top 7 won this week.

Mesa entered the weekend at #19 and hit the road to visit #12 Mines. Mines’ QB Justin Dvorak did not play ostensibly due to injury. Without their high powered QB the was inconsistent and turnovers killed them. 2 INTs thrown by their freshman QB, the first returned by CSM for a TD; the first score of the game. 2 lost fumbles also led to scores by CSM. Mesa only threw for 189 yards, 72 coming on a key TD play late, and they only ran for 157. CSM threw for 227 and ran for 234 but couldn’t get over the hump. Give Mesa credit for winning despite not playing that well, a road win at Mines is a big thing. Mesa moves up to #16 while Mines with two straight losses drops to #21. Mines’ hopes for a post season bid are done.

Ft. Lewis moved back above .500 with a solid road win at Western State Colorado, 39-24. Ft. Lewis ran for 366 yards, 112 coming from someone named Obgonnaya. PJ Hall, who killed WNMU only had 75. 3 QBs combined for 12-14 and 210 yds with 3 TDs. But it was the FLC defense that held Austin Ekeler to only 107 yards rushing and no TDs. FLC converted all 5 trips into the red zone and won the time of possession battle by 17 minutes. Key stats.

And no one saw this coming. I’d have bet my own money that NM Highlands was not only going to lose but would get trounced as they traveled to Chadron St. But the team formerly known as NM Correctional Facility got a 24-16 win for their first victory of the year. Thank goodness we won since wouldn’t want to be tied with them in the conference standings! Highlands had a balanced attack but held Chadron to just 221 of total offense. And talk about time of possession wins; 40 to 20 minutes in favor of Highlands. Chadron either comes to Silver City next week demoralized or pissed off.

Of course the big game this weekend will be Mesa at Pueblo. Mesa won’t be able to stay with Pueblo and that means the RMAC will likely have just one team in the post season; Pueblo. The T-Wolves’ running game is just too good and Mesa’s not ready for that. Their only hope is to get a time of possession win similar to what Highlands got last Saturday and score on almost every possession.

Highlands will look for win #2 and should get it against Black Hills State in Las Vegas while Adams State and Ft. Lewis battle it out in a rivalry game. Give the edge, a big one, to FLC. Western State will be at Mines, if Dvorak is back at the helm, Mines wins this one. If not it’s a toss up with an edge to Mines for being at home. Chadron will visit the Mustangs.

Hat tip to Alfonso Wilson for being named Defensive POTW in the RMAC!

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