Eagles finally have home game Saturday

CHADRON – After traveling more than 5,000 miles in eight different states to play its first three games, the Chadron State College football team is delighted to finally be playing at home Saturday, when it will host Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference foe Western State.

Kickoff for the Family Day game is set for noon at Elliott Field.

"Making three long trips at the start of the season could have been an excuse, but the players didn't let it happen," said Jay Long, the Eagles' head coach. "But we have to admit that it will be nice not to have to travel and to get to play in front of our friends and family for a change."

The Eagles are 2-1 after losing the opener to Montana State 33-6, but toppled Angelo State 19-6 and Colorado Mesa 41-30 the last two Saturdays.

Western State is 0-3. Angelo State downed the Mountaineers 42-14 the week before CSC visited the Rams in San Angelo. A week later, West Texas A&M posted a 57-20 victory over Western and Adams State won 42-14 in Western's Homecoming game between the archrivals in Gunnison last Saturday.

Saturday's game will be a familiar scene for about half the Western State coaching staff. Head coach Jas Bains and three of his assistants were once Chadron State staff members.

Bains was a graduate assistant at CSC for two years and was the team's defensive backs and special teams coach for three more years before he went to Western State in 2010.

After serving as the Mountaineers' defensive coordinator one year, he was elevated to head coach a year ago when the contract of former head coach Pat Stewart was not renewed.

Western assistants Mike Aimone, Tony Case and Ryan McDonough are former CSC graduate assistants. Aimone also played for the Eagles 2005-07.

The Mountaineers have won just one game each of the past two years. Their 2011 victory was by a 15-14 score against New Mexico Highlands.

The Eagles won by just a 15-7 score in Gunnison a year ago.

Western State did some things well against Adams State, despite losing by 29 points. The Mountaineers out-yarded the Grizzlies, 309 to 299, and out-rushed them by more than 160 yards.

However, Adams State threw for 251 yards and two touchdowns and also returned an interception 40 yards for a TD. The Grizzlies also kicked a field goal and posted two safeties.

Although Adams State completed 30 of 42 passes for 231 yards, its quarterback, Cody Davies, was sacked six times.

The Mountaineers averaged 5.2 yards on 40 rushing plays with tailback Germaine Daniels, a 5-foot-10, 215-pound senior, carrying 28 times for 128 yards.

For the season, Daniels has 235 yards on 73 attempts. His backup, Brady Gassaway, who is 5-10, 200, has 12 carries for 102 yards.

Quarterback Brian Duboski has completed 39 passes of 92 passes for 429 yards and five touchdowns. He's been intercepted five times.
The probable starters:
Chadron State Offense
Wide receivers-Travis Reeves, 5-11, 200, Jr., and Nathan Ross, 5-11, 185, Jr.
Inside receivers-Chapman Ham, 6-2, 235, Jr., and Cody Roes, 6-2, 217, Sr., or Austen Stephens, 6-3, 240, So.
Tackles-Garrett Gilkey, 6-7, 320, Sr., and Jake McCrary, 6-4, 260, Jr.
Guards-Mike Lorenzo, 6-2, 270, So., and Brandon Ratcliff, 6-0, 275, Sr.
Center-Sam Parker, 6-1, 280, So.
Quarterback-Jon McLain, 5-11, 185, So.
Tailback-Glen Clinton, 5-10, 200, Jr.
Placekicker-Alex Ferdinand, 5-10, 185, So.
Chadron State Defense
Ends-Keifer Burke, 6-3, 280, Sr., and Zach Sandstrom, 6-1, 255, So.
Nose tackle-Jan Karlos Medina, 6-3, 280, Sr.
Outside linebackers-Shea Koch, 6-1, 220, So., and Kevin Lindholm, 6-2, 220, Sr.
Middle linebacker-Kyle McCarthy, 6-1, 235, R-Fr.-Dylan Furrier, 6-0, 225, R-Fr.
Cornerbacks-Conor Casey, 6-2, 220, So., and Lane Haller, 6-3, 205, So.
Safetys-Pierre Etchemendy, 5-11, 215, Jr., Bruce Huebner, 5-10, 190, Sr., and Trelan Taylor, 5-10, 195, Jr.
Punter-Josh Borm, 6-0, 190, So.
Western State Offense
Wide receivers-LA McGee, 5-10, 185, Sr.; Vince Delmonico, 6-1, 200, So.; and Benny Kirkwood, 6-3, 225, Jr.
Tight end-Tyler Scheller, 6-1, 225, Jr.
Tackles-Levi Greenly, 6-4, 260, Sr., and Jared Mendicino, 6-2, 255, Fr.
Guards-Rena Haro-Sipes, 6-3, 280, Jr., and Ryan Payne, 6-2, 290, Jr.
Center-Ryan Lockwood, 6-0, 255, Sr.
Quarterback-Brian Duboski, 6-2, 220, Jr.
Running back-Germain Daniels, 5-10, 215, Sr.
Placekicker-Stephen Ballard
Western State Defense
Ends-Demo Schmidt, 6-3, 220, So., and Colton Emrich, 6-2, 225, Jr.
Nose tackle-Lane Stuht, 6-1, 280, Jr.
Outside linebackers-Adam Turner, 6-1, 200, Sr., and Kalvin Winter, 6-1, 200, So.
Inside linebackers-Brian Amsberry, 5-10, 200, Jr., and Jaden Terry, 6-1, 230, So.
Cornerbacks-Justin Brooks, 6-0, 165, Sr., and Gerald Coleman, 6-10, 165, Fr.
Safetys-Cole Walicek, 5-10, 175, So., and Jacob Weiss, 5-10, 170, Fr.
Punter-Brennan Jacobs.

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