Eagles Lose Opener 23-10 In Gunnison

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The Chadron State College football team lost 23-10 on Saturday afternoon at Gunnison, Colorado, to Western Colorado University in a game in which CSC was plagued with miscues.

“You can’t win a football game with four turnovers and as many penalties as we had,” said CSC Head Football Coach Jay Long. Your first game back, you’re always going to have mistakes, and we had too many. We played sloppy.”

“I thought our defense stopped the run fairly well,” said Long. “When they moved the ball, it was because they found something down the field. When we watch film, though, we’re going to see where we would have liked a few more takeaways.”

The Eagles had all the momentum early, when on the first play of their second possession of the game, Elijah Myles broke free on a run up the middle and cruised 80 yards for a touchdown, making the score 7-0 in the first quarter.

After a defensive stop by the Eagles, the misfortunes began with a fumbled punt return by Cole Thurness which was recovered by the Mountaineers. That led to a 49-yard field goal make by Western kicker Alec Fonseca.

CSC took possession again, up 7-3, but a muffed punt formation snap inside CSC’s own 20-yard-line led to three more points for Western on the first play of the 2nd quarter to cut the lead to 7-6.

Two series later, CSC’s Bobby Peele had an interception off Western’s Connor Desch that eventually led to a 35-yard kick by Gunnar Jones and the Eagles led 10-6, but that would be their last points of the game.

Desch made up for his interception with a pair of touchdown passes in the final 3:46 of the half, one of 19 yards and the other of 4, as the Mountaineers took a 20-10 lead into the locker room. They added a 25 yard field goal late in the 3rd quarter to end the scoring.

CSC had 1st-and-goal at the 2 late in the 4th quarter, but couldn’t score. A fourth down pass to tight end Riley Schliep sailed high, ricocheted off the goalpost, and fell incomplete near the goal line, and Western salted away the final 2:25.

The Eagles ran for 176 net yards, with Myles accounting for 162 on 21 carries, while holding Western Colorado to only 70 yards on the ground., but Desch was 24-35 passing for 231 yards with 2 TDs and 1 interception while the Mountaineers sacked CSC’s Dalton Holst 3 times and harassed him into a 12-32 day with just 141 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions.

“On opening weekend, half the teams win and half the teams lose,” said Long. We’re going to fix some things, and come back and play better. When we play sloppy that comes back on us. We have to be better. We’re not going to win games if we play that undisciplined.”

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