Eagles fall short in home opener
Despite an impressive aerial assault against the top team in the RMAC, the CSC football team came up short against Colorado Mesa
University, Grand Junction, 24-10 Saturday, at Elliott Field.
The Mavericks entered the game ranked No. 17 in the American Football Coaches Association DII Poll, and have moved up to No.11 after defeating CSC.
Going up against an offense that scored 49 points in the season opener, the Eagles’ defense was exceptional, holding the Mavs to under 195 passing yards and 192 rushing. In the previous week, Mesa quarterback Eystin Salum, junior of Denver, threw for 290 yards and five touchdowns.
The highlight reel racked up for the defense, totaling four sacks, one interception, and three pass breakups. DeAndre Barthwell, redshirt sophomore of Westland, Michigan, was responsible for the interception, one of the sacks and a pass breakup that saved a likely touchdown in the third quarter. Keenan Johnson, redshirt sophomore of Chadron, and Brian Wood, redshirt senior of Stockton, California, led the team in tackles with 8 a piece.
Collin Eisenman, senior of Sheridan, Wyoming, and Tyler Lewis, redshirt sophomore of Arvada, California, each recorded a solo sack. Mitch Collicott, senior of McCook, and Garrett Patterson, senior of Jenks, Oklahoma, split the final sack.
The Eagles racked up 515 total yards, 459 through the air. Redshirt freshman Dalton Holst, of Gillette, Wyoming, played well in the home opener, completing 41 passes on 73 attempts, with one touchdown, and one interception that was returned for a touchdown. 16 completions went to Jackson Dickerson, redshirt sophomore of Chadron, breaking the school record for receptions in a single game, previously at 15.
Dickerson recorded 137 receiving yards, and was one of two Eagle wideouts to break the century mark.
Brandon Fullerton, redshirt sophomore of Riverton, Wyoming, caught six passes for 122 yards. The only touchdown of the game went to Colton Wright, senior of Albin, Wyoming, a five-yard toss to the back of the endzone in the third quarter.
The opportunities were there for the Eagles, but the offense stalled out several times while in scoring position.
CSC has an opportunity to earn their second win in three games, traveling to Gunnison, Colorado, to play Western State Colorado University, Saturday.
The Mountaineers are struggling this season, on the wrong end of a blowout both games. The first week, the Mountaineers fell to Mesa 49-21, and last week were rolled by Adams State University, Alamosa, Colorado, 51-14. The Eagles play Adams State for Homecoming.
Game time for Saturday is set for 1 p.m.