Big plays lift Eagles past Mountaineers

It didn’t take long for the Eagles to jump out to a lead against the Western Colorado Mountaineers, Saturday, at Don Beebe Stadium, as CSC rode early momentum to a 40-22 homecoming victory.

Early in the first quarter, the Eagles’ defense took the momentum right from the get-go as Malik Goss, freshman of Upland, California, intercepted a pass from Western State quarterback Dylan Jacob, sophomore of Lakewood, Colorado, for an 82-yard touchdown.

“In my head I was thinking this is the moment I’ve been waiting for, I can’t mess it up. So I just followed my blockers and took the space they gave me to work with,” Goss said.

Goss, who had five solo tackles in addition to his interception, was named RMAC defensive player of the week.

“Being crowned RMAC player of the week caught me completely off guard, because when you’re playing and even celebrating the win, you don’t think about being player of the week,” Goss said.

On the Eagles’ next possession another freshman, Elijah Myles, running back of Hawthorne, California, provided another spark as he dashed through the Mountaineers’ defense for a 16-yard touchdown. The score put the Eagles up 14-0.

Midway through the second quarter, quarterback Dalton Holst, sophomore of Gillette, Wyoming, found a wide-open Brandon Fullerton, junior of Riverton, Wyoming, for a 53-yard TD that continued the trend of big plays and put the Eagles up 26-7.

Leading 33-7 at halftime, the Eagles put the nail in the coffin with a 68-yard touchdown run by junior running back Stevann Brown, of Casper, Wyoming, during their first possession of the second half.

Despite the Eagles’ big win, the Mountaineers managed to lead time of possession, controlling the ball for 37:21, with a majority of that time coming in the second half. The Mountaineers were also able to rush for 186 yards against the Eagles.

Defensively, the Eagles were able to create four turnovers with interceptions from Goss and Kyle Temple, senior of Norfolk, and two fumbles forced by CSC’s Calder Forcella, junior of Greybull, Wyoming, and Cole Thurness, sophomore of Rapid City, South Dakota.

Temple’s interception, his first of the season, came as he dropped back into coverage from the defensive end position and snatched the pass from Western State’s Jacob who appeared to not see the linebacker. Temple returned the pick 26 yards before being brought down.

The Eagles’ offense put up 388 yards with 108 yards on the ground and 280 yards through the air. Three Eagles running backs found the end zone including Kevin Coy Jr., senior of Davenport, Florida, who scored his sixth TD of the season.

On Saturday, the Eagles will travel to Alamosa, Colorado, to play the Adams State Grizzlies who currently sit fifth in the RMAC with a 3-2 record.

The Eagles sit second in the RMAC with a 4-1 record both overall and within the conference, and are inching closer to a top 25 ranking in the American Football Coaches Association Coaches’ Top 25 Poll.

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