CSC back on the road today

CHADRON – After treating its hometown fans to an impressive victory over Western State last Saturday during its first home game of the season, the Chadron State football team is back on the road the next two weeks for more Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference action.

The Eagles will visit the Adams State Grizzlies this Saturday. Both teams are 3-1. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. in Alamosa.

After that, CSC will play at Colorado State-Pueblo on Oct. 6, before hosting Black Hills State on Oct. 13.

Last year's game between the Eagles and Grizzlies was a nail-biter. The score was tied at 7-7 entering the fourth period. Adams State's David Van Voris gave his team a 13-7 lead by booting 38- and 34-yard field goals before the Eagles' Brandon Gorsuch completed a 12-yard pass to Jeremy Sondrup for a touchdown with 1:38 to play. CSC added the extra point.

Following the ensuing kickoff, the Grizzlies completed a 39-yard pass to give Van Voris a 38-yard field goal shot on last play of the game. At the last second, the kick veered to the left and the Eagles had won 14-13.

Adams State won its first three games this fall in impressive fashion, knocking off Dixie State of Utah, 17-9, Wayland Baptist of Texas, 55-7 and Western State, 43-13, one week before the Eagles toppled the Mountaineers 45-7 last Saturday.

The Grizzlies had their bubble burst Saturday, when Pueblo blanked them, 30-0.

Just as was true in the Chadron State victory over Western State, turnovers played a huge role in the outcome in Pueblo. Adams State lost three fumbles and had four passes intercepted.

Pueblo finished with 323 yards, while Adams State had 255.

The Grizzlies like to throw the ball. The interceptions were their first of the season. They have completed 95 of 145 attempts for 968 yards and six touchdowns. They have rushed 171 times for 483 yards, an average of just 2.8 yards a carry.

Through four games, the Eagles have rushed for 642 yards and passed for 676.

Cody Davis, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound junior, has been the Grizzlies' starting quarterback. He has completed 72 of 111 passes for 775 yards and thrown all six of his team's touchdowns.

Senior Trevor Eggleston also played against Pueblo, and has clicked on 23 of 32 passes for 193 yards. Both were intercepted twice by the ThunderWolves.

The leading receiver is Ron Gaudin, a 5-9 185-pound senior who has 25 catches for 243 yards. Another senior who is about the same size, Scott Kellogg, was a preseason all-conference selection. He has 14 receptions for 145 yards through four games.

Also on the preseason RMAC team was placekicker David Van Voris. Although he missed a 57-yard field goal attempt in the season opener, Van Voris has made all six tries since then with a long of 47 yards. He also has made all 11 conversion attempts and is averaging 38.2 yards a punt.

Despite giving up 30 points to Pueblo, the Grizzlies lead the RMAC in scoring defense at 15 points a game. The Eagles are second at 19.2 a game.

Chadron State leads the conference in total defense, giving up 298.2 yards a game. Adams State is next with 318.5 a game.

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.
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.
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.
Adams State Offense
Wide receiver-Drew Edwards, 6-3, 210, So.
Slot receiver-Scott Kellogg, 5-10, 180, Sr.-Ron Gaudin, 5-9-185, Sr.
Tight end-Brandon Murray, 6-3, 240, So.
Tackles-Kevin Ashak, 6-3, 315, Sr., and Zach Dunbar, 6-3, 285, Sr.
Guards-Jason Nottingham, 6-2, 290, Sr., and Conor McKenna, 6-2, 255, So.
Center-Chris McGee, 6-1, 275, Jr.
Quarterback-Cody Davis, 6-2, 200, Jr.
Fullback-Justin Kauffman, 6-2, 215, R-Fr.
Running back-Michael Carl, 5-10, 167, So.
Placekicker and punter-David Van Voris, 6-1, 205, Sr.
Adams State Defense
Ends-Taylor Mouser, 6-1, 235, Jr., and Derek Mathiason, 6-3, 255, So.
Nose guard-Eddie Aiono, 6-1, 298, Sr.
Outside linebackers-Connor Stevens, 5-10, 220, So., and Vince Coach, 5-10, 195, Jr.
Middle linebacker-Brent Lush, 6-0, 225, Jr.
Rovers-Mario Moore, 6-1, 205, Jr., and Jake Long, 6-0, 200, Sr.
Cornerbacks-Cariel Brooks, 5-10, 187, So., and Jeremiah Van Valkenburg, 6-0, 190, Sr.
Free safety-James Ackel, 6-1, 210, Sr.

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