Orediggers bury Grizzlies 84-10

Adams State University’s Elijah Harper (7) runs down field after catching a pass by Mark Salazar. Harper had nine receptions for 38 yards as the Grizzlies lost to the Colorado School of Mines 84-10 Saturday at Rex Field (Courier photo by Ken Hamrick).

ALAMOSA – The Adams State University football team was looking to record its first win of the season Saturday at Rex Field as the Grizzlies hosted the 21st-ranked Colorado School of Mines.

The Grizzlies only trailed 14-10 early in the second quarter and they had two more opportunities to score later in the period. However, the Orediggers were able to keep Adams State out of the end zone both times.

It was all Mines after that as it rolled to an 84-10 win.

“We have to play better,” said ASU coach Jarrell Harrison. “We need a better effort from our guys. No matter how the game is going, we have to play the same way. We had our chances, but that’s a good team, and we didn’t play 60 minutes. We have to play better than that.”

The Grizzlies had the ball first but went three-and-out. The Orediggers then went on a 53-yard, seven play drive which was capped off by John Matocha throwing a 26-yard touchdown pass to Max McLeod. Matthew Eich made the extra point and Mines led 7-0.

Adams State got on the board the next time it had the ball. It advanced to the Mines 8-yard line but stalled there. Kenneth Aryers made a 35-yard field goal to cut the Mines lead to 7-3.

After both teams traded punts, Mines scored its second touchdown of the day. This time Michael Zeman ran to the end zone from 10 yards out. Eich again made the extra point to increase the lead to 14-3.

The Grizzlies scored their only touchdown on the first play of the second quarter. Shammah Luani found the end zone on a 1-yard run. Aryers made the extra point to bring the Grizzlies within 14-10.

Mines, however, scored again with Matocha throwing his second touchdown pass of the game this time a 5-yard pass to Josh Johnston. Eich’s extra point made the score 21-10.

The Orediggers then got the first takeaway of the game as Mason Pierce intercepted Mark Salazar and returned the ball to the ASU 11. Mines scored two plays later with Zeman running in an 11-yard tally. Eich again made the extra point.

Adams State then attempted another long drive and drove to the Mines 1. However, the Grizzlies turned the ball over on downs.

The Orediggers then went 98 yards on six pays with Matocha and Johnson hooking up again this time on a 44-yard pass. Eich made the score 35-10.

The Grizzlies went on another drive to the Mines 46. But once again they turned the ball over on downs.

The Orediggers scored one more time before halftime as Matocha found the end zone for the fourth time. This time it was a 2-yard pass to Kenny Wright. Eich again made the extra point and Mines led 42-10 at halftime.

Colorado School of Mines scored again on the first possession of the second half. Zeman scored his third touchdown of the game this time on a 7-yard run. The Eich extra point gave the Orediggers a 49-10 lead.

Mines put their subs into the game and it went on another long scoring drive. Chris Yoo scored on a 5-yard run and the Eich extra point gave it a 56-10 lead.

The Orediggers scored one more time in the third quarter. A bad snap in punt formation was mishandled and recovered by James Hess in the end zone. The extra point gave them a 63-10 lead.

After a short punt Mines found the end zone again. Jake Sype scored on a 3-yard run. After the extra point the Orediggers led 70-10.

Landon Walker scored two long touchdowns later in the quarter. First he scored on a 61-yard run, and then he ran it in from 65 yards out to wrap up the scoring.

Salazar led the Grizzly offense as he completed eight of 17 passes for 112 yards. He was injured in the second quarter and succeeded by Marckell Grayson who completed seven of 15 passes for 58 yards.

Elijah Harper was ASU’s top receiver with nine catches for 38 yards. Kentrell Petite also had nine reception for 17 yards.

Luani led the running game with 21 yards on 22 carries.

Mines had 637 yards of total offense – 362 rushing and 275 passing.

Machota completed 16 of 20 passes for 211 yards with McLeod having eight receptions for 85 yards. Zeman ran for 147 yards on 20 carries, and Walker had 130 yards on three carries.

Adams State (10-3, 0-1 RMAC) will travel to Durango this Saturday to face Fort Lewis College. The Skyhawks were the only team that the Grizzlies defeated last year. But Harrison is thinking about having the team make improvements.

“Right now we’re focused on us and doing it right,” Harrison said. “We didn’t do it right today. Fort Lewis is the next opponent but right now our biggest opponent is us.”

Colorado School of Mines 84, Adams State 10

Mines 14     28     21     21 – 84

Adams State    3       7   0       0 – 10

First quarter

CSM – McLeod 26 pass from Matocha (Eich kick), 11:35

ASU – Aryers 35 FG, 7:16

CSM – Zeman 10 run (Eich kick), 2:44

Second quarter

ASU – Luani 1 run (Aryers kick), 14:52

CSM – Johnston 5 pass from Matocha (Eich kick), 12:!5

CSM – Zeman 11 run (Eich kick), 11:54

CSM – Johnston 44 pass from Matocha (Eich kick), 4:46

CSM – Wright 2 pass from Matocha (Eich kick), 0:26

Third quarter

CSM – Zeman 7 run (Eich kick), 11:32

CSM – Yoo 5 run (Eich kick), 5:07

CSM – Hess recovered fumble in end zone (Eich kick), 2:42

Fourth quarter

CSM – Sype 3 run (Eich kick), 13:34

CSM – Walker 61 run (Eich kick), 11:00

CSM – Walker 65 run (Eich kick), 2:49