Orediggers drop Eagles 27-15
The Eagles jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead over Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Saturday, but stalled out in the final three quarters, losing 27-15.
CSC is still ahead of the Orediggers in conference standings, claiming the No. 3 spot, with CSM at No. 4. Both teams have identical records at 5-4 overall, 5-3 in conference play.
After back-to-back defensive stands, and the help of two botched punts, the CSC offense went to work, striking first with a 34-yard field goal from Will Morgan, sophomore of Fort Collins, Colorado. On the next offensive possession, Derek Jackson, senior of Pueblo West, Colorado, punched in a two-yard touchdown run, making it 9-0 after a failed two-point conversion.
The Orediggers answered with a 23-yard touchdown run from Cameron Mayberry, redshirt sophomore of Stillwater, Oklahoma, the RMAC’s leading rusher. Mayberry added a second touchdown in the fourth quarter, enough to seal the win for CSM. Mayberry finished with 150 yards on 23 carries.
Jackson led the rushing attack for CSC with 104 yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns.
Redshirt freshman Dalton Holst, of Gillette, Wyoming, finished with 200 yards through the air, but was intercepted twice. Holst found wide receiver Jackson Dickerson, redshirt sophomore of Chadron, 12 times for 88 yards.
The defense was led again by Brian Wood, redshirt senior of Stockton, California, with 13 tackles, 1.5 for loss, and a pass breakup. Wood was CSC’s only defensive player in double-digit tackles. Tyler Lewis, redshirt freshman of Arvada, Colorado, added nine, five of which were solo.
The Eagles are on the road this week, traveling to Spearfish, South Dakota, to battle rival Black Hills State University. The Yellowjackets are No. 5 in the RMAC, with a 4-4 record. The rivalry has been dramatic the last three years, with all three games decided by less than a touchdown. BHSU won last season in a fourth-quarter thriller, 21-19. Kickoff is scheduled for noon.