Eagles summit Mountaineers, 15-7

Chadron State’s Trelan Taylor (8) and James Belville (58) zero in to help Bryce Huebner (31) tackle Western State’s ball carrier, Carter Murphey during their game Saturday. — Photo by Alex Helmbrecht / CSC Sports Information

Chadron State’s Trelan Taylor (8) and James Belville (58) zero in to help Bryce Huebner (31) tackle Western State’s ball carrier, Carter Murphey during their game Saturday. — Photo by Alex Helmbrecht / CSC Sports Information

The tide has changed for CSC football.

After opening the season on a two-game losing streak, the Eagles currently stand on a lone win and sophomore running back Mike Madkins’ stellar performance last weekend. Chadron looks to even their season when they defend Elliot Field from Adams State College’s Grizzlies. Kickoff is noon Saturday.

Last weekend the Eagles notched their first win of the season, defeating Western State College, 15-7 in Gunnison, Colo. Madkins, of Elk Grove, Calif., carried the ball 36 times for 235 yards, including individual runs of 38 and 40 yards and scored a touchdown. According to the college’s sports information office, Madkins gained more yards in his debut than any other CSC running back making a first start. He is also just the fifth CSC player to gain that many yards in a game, and his one-man show earned him Co-Offensive Nebraska Division II Player of the Week honors.

Also in his first career start, sophomore quarterback Brandon Gorsuch, Rapid City, S.D., completed 11 of 20 passes for 88 yards and no interceptions.

For three quarters the Chadron State defense held Western State to only 157 yards and no points. Kevin Lindholm of Eads, Colo., and James Belville of Valentine, who each tallied 8 tackles, led the Eagles’ defensive effort.

Late in the third quarter, after connecting on a 33-yard field goal early in the game, place kicker Alex Ferdinand of Rapid City, S.D., hit a 27-yard field goal to lift the Eagles to a 13-0 lead.

The Mountaineers pulled to within six early in the fourth quarter with an 18-yard touchdown pass.

Leading 13-7 with six minutes left in the game, the Eagles squandered a drive when they fumbled on Western State’s 8-yard line and momentum quickly shifted to the Mountaineers. But the Eagles’ defense forced a three and out, which stymied Western State’s momentum and any hope the Mountaineers held for mounting a comeback.

The Eagles got the ball back, but were likewise forced to punt.

With just under two minutes left, Western State got the ball back and a second chance to mount a come-from-behind winning drive.

But on their second snap, CSC’s junior defensive end Keifer Burke of Brady, broke into the backfield, hit Mountaineer quarterback Jamie Jensen, and forced a fumble. Jensen recovered the ball in the end zone, giving the Eagles a safety and sealing their victory.

The win leaves CSC 1-2 overall and 1-0 in the RMAC. Western State falls to 0-3 overall and 0-1 in the RMAC.

Chadron State’s Michael Madkins (24) leaps over the block of Garrett Gilkey (73) during the Eagles’ game Saturday against Western State. —  Photo by Alex Helmbrecht / CSC Sports Information
Jojo Phillips, foreground, and James Belville, react to a play during Chadron State’s game against Western State College in Gunnison, Colo., Saturday.  —  Photo by Alex Helmbrecht / CSC Sports Information

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