Eagles kick off season with 25-19 victory
As the nation watched the excitement of college football unfold, the Eagles earned their piece of the cake, winning a come-back thriller Saturday against Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado, 25-19.
In the second quarter, CSC quarterback Dalton Holst, redshirt freshman of Gillette, Wyoming, was intercepted by Fort Lewis’ Dre Cortez, junior of Dallas, who ran the pick back for a touchdown, putting the Skyhawks up 16-0.
“It was a total team win,” Head Coach Jay Long said. “Our defense kept us in the whole game. Our special teams did an outstanding job and our offense found a way to get into the endzone and win.”
On the next possession, Holst quickly bounced back, tossing a 57-yard touchdown pass to Tevon Wright, sophomore of Miami. Brian Wood, redshirt senior of Stockton, California, ran in the extra point, cutting the Skyhawk lead to eight.
Holst finished the game with six completions and 101 yards, with one interception and one touchdown.
In the second half, the Eagles decided on the veteran Matt Vinson, redshirt junior of Box Elder, South Dakota, to general the offense. Vinson went to work quickly, finding sophomore wide receiver Stevann Brown, redshirt sophomore of Casper, Wyoming, for a 75-yard touchdown, tying the game at 16 following the extra point kick.
Will Morgan, sophomore of Fort Collins, Colorado, granted the Eagles their first lead, knocking in a 22-yard field goal in the third quarter.
The fourth quarter belonged to Colt Foster, redshirt sophomore of Hemingford.
Foster accounted for 66 yards and the final touchdown of the game, sealing the win.
Although the Skyhawks led in time of possession, the CSC defense stepped up in the second half, allowing just three points in the final period. Keenan Johnson, redshirt sophomore of Chadron led the stiff defense with 10 tackles and one sack. Ryan Wood, redshirt senior of Stockton, California, combined with Brian for 17 tackles and two tackles for a loss.
The special team’s unit received conference recognition, with the RMAC Special Teams Player of the Week going to punter Zack Kozlick, junior of Coronado, California, in his first game as an Eagle.
The work is far from over as conference-powerhouse Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, visits CSC, Saturday. The Mavericks rolled Western State Colorado University, Gunnison, in their opener 49-23.
Mav’s quarterback Eystin Salum, junior of Denver, earned RMAC Offensive Player of the Week, throwing for 290 yards and five touchdowns. He also tossed two interceptions but made up for the errors with his feet, rushing for 53 yards and two more touchdowns.
Long said that Salum is a special player and that CMU has a lot of weapons on offense and CSC will need to play well defensively.
Long also said that CSC’s quarterback decision between Holst and Vinson will be made at game time.