ASU holes up in local hotel

Football players from Adams State University load onto a bus Saturday, after a walk-through in the Nelson Physical Activity Center. — Photo by Spike Jordan

Football players from Adams State University load onto a bus Saturday, after a walk-through in the Nelson Physical Activity Center. — Photo by Spike Jordan

Adams State University made the 532 mile trek from Alamosa, Colo., to Chadron this weekend for a football game Saturday.  Despite the journey, the teams did not play Saturday afternoon as planned due to 14 inches of snow covering the field.

The Grizzlies Head Coach Marty Heaton said they were able to avoid most of the snow on the drive to Chadron. He said they were only in the snow for the last 40 miles.

“After we got to the hotel, we were told the road was closed behind us,” Heaton said. “So we were probably some of the last ones to get through on that road.”

The team stayed at the Best Western hotel in town, which was out of power for four or five hours, Heaton said.

He said situations like that just happen and usually aren’t expected.

“We are just trying to keep adapting,” he said Saturday afternoon, following a walk-through at the PAC, “The men have done a great job of adapting so far and our motel has also been really helpful. It’s just something you have to adjust on.”

Due to the delayed football game, Adams State spent an extra day in Chadron. The team found themselves with some extra time on their hands.

The team tried to keep themselves “in the game” by having meetings, watching film, and having a walk-through on Saturday. Following the walk-through, the team just hung out in their hotel, Heaton said. He said he hoped his team was staying mentally prepared. The coaching staff, he said, kept drilling the game into the players’ heads by talking about the game and watching film.

Heaton said on Tuesday afternoon that it appeared they didn’t do a very good job of staying focused.

“The kids watched TV, you know, some college football and stuff,” he said. “And it looked like that when we showed up Sunday. You know, it looked like we had been sitting in a hotel for a couple days.

“I would like to think (the delay) didn’t (affect our performance), but it probably did. We didn’t start the game very well, so it probably did. You know, they (Chadron State) are a good football team and we just didn’t play well.”

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