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Mustangs Can’t Stop Skyhawks

October 25th, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments

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first, we apologize for not being able to bring you the game on Saturday due to technical difficulties. I was able to watch a good portion of the game and reviewed in detail the box score including the play-by-play. I was also able to talk to some people that did watch the entire game and were there.

The Mustangs took a break from Lone Star conference action to make a foray back into the Rocky Mountain athletic conference facing former RMAC foe Fort Lewis College. For Lewis is having an unexpectedly down year after being picked about the middle of the pack in the preseason poll for the RMAC. the biggest change is that head coach John L Smith is no longer at the helm of the football team. Under his guidance the Skyhawks had begun making great strides towards becoming a very competitive football team. Going into last week’s action they had fallen to 1-6. It looked like an opportunity for a win for Western New Mexico.

The Mustangs were able to stay close in the first half although once again early big plays made it seem like the Mustangs were going to falter early. But in what has become a pattern for the Mustangs over the last couple of games they were able to fight back. it was a close game going into the halftime. Generally Fort Lewis College at gained their yardage and score their points through the air. The running game was kind of an afterthought. Western New Mexico’s running game was not very strong throughout most of the day with the exception of two big runs from Tracy McNair. Tracy had over 100 yards on the day within 8 yard per carry average buddy at runs at 66 and 22 yards.

In what also appears to be a trend recently, at the halftime Fort Lewis decided they were going to run the ball more than they had in the first half. And they were able to do so with success. We saw Texas A&M Commerce and Oklahoma Panhandle State do this with great success. Fort Lewis was able to control the clock and the ball in the second half and put points on the board. Even towards the middle of the fourth quarter when some of the backups for Fort Lewis were in the game they really began to pile up the running yards.

Of course the turnovers by Western New Mexico did not help. We certainly lost some scoring opportunities because of interceptions and fumbles, not to mention that it put our opponents on a short field and our defensive units backs against the wall. Despite their losing record, we know that for Lewis is a tough opponent, has talented players and they took advantage of the opportunities. In talking to some of the people that were watching the game live or at the game, it sounds like our offense of line had a tough day. We have not been a great run blocking team but we have given the quarterback time in the passing game. Just not this past Saturday.

Unfortunately, the loss, which is our fourth in a row, guarantees another losing season for Western New Mexico football. With three games left we can get to five wins against six losses. That would match our best record over the last several seasons.

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