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Last weekend was a disappointing loss up at Gunnison, CO. The Mountaineer Bowl is always a tough place to play and it proved the same this past weekend.
We got off to a slow start, which has proven to not help our success rate. Defensively we gave up a quick score to start the game and then gave up two scores on short field drives of 24 and 2 yards. The second half the defense stiffened up and held them scoreless for the remainder of the game and were able to get 2 interceptions and a fumble recovery. Offensively we struggled in the red zone and had 4 turnovers that hurt us once we were able to get ourselves into scoring position.
This week is senior week, as we have 15 seniors playing their last game at Lyle Hare Stadium vs. CSU-Pueblo.
It was a good weekend for the Yellow Jacket football team with their win over Colorado Mesa. It was nice to jump out to an early lead, which gave the Yellow Jackets some confidence. The defense didn’t break their mentality as they gave up some yards to a very potent Mesa offense but were able to come up with 5 takeaways. Two of the Green and Gold interceptions were inside the 10-yard line and stopped scoring drives for Mesa, which really shifted momentum towards Black Hills State. Offense did struggle at times but was able to get 17 points off the turnovers and made plays when needed to help put the Yellow Jackets in a position to win the game.
Probably the unsung hero of the game is Jacob Parks. He had two game changing plays, the first happening when he kicked the ball out the endzone on the blocked punt to prevent them from scoring a touchdown and only giving the Mavericks a safety, and the second was on the kickoff after the safety he kicked it 85 yards out of the endzone for a touchback. This was huge, as it only gave Mesa the ball at the 25-yard line rather than probably midfield if Mesa had an average return.
Overall it was a great team win and it gives this team some momentum heading into the stretch run of the season. We have a tough road trip to Gunnison, Colo., this weekend to play a very dangerous one-win Western Colorado team. The Mountaineers are much like us and have lost some very close games and are a much better team than their record shows.
The guys are excited and ready to make it 3 in a row!
Letter from Coach Reiners:
It was a great win this past weekend against New Mexico Highlands University in what some might consider “adverse” conditions! The team did not let the conditions affect them as they went on to a 42-7 victory. I’m very proud of these players and coaches as they continue to persevere and work through a difficult and injury riddled season.
There were a ton of highlights in the game including Kolten Johnson’s two takeaways on NMHU first two possessions, which resulted in points for the Yellow Jackets. The defense only giving up seven points and that came on a short field from a NMHU punt return. It was great to score early and get the early lead and then to get the quick score with 19 seconds left before halftime on a 45-yard pass from Ryan Hommel to Dylan Reiners. Then to come out and score right away on our first possession of the second half with another Payten Gilmore highlight, really put the nail in coffin. The offense was able to have a balanced attack to keep the Cowboys honest which paid dividends with Payten Gilmore setting a new single game record with 248 yards rushing.
The game was highlighted at the end with one of the stars of the game, Kolten Johnson, proposing to his girlfriend former BHSU women’s basketball player, Kassidy Scott! A great moment for the entire BHSU Football Family.
Saturday night’s game against South Dakota Mines was not one to remember.
After we got down 14-0, the Yellow Jackets had a good drive to pull the game within seven points. After a long kickoff return by SD Mines, the Hardrockers hit a long touchdown to go up, 21-7. BHSU had a great opportunity after a forced fumble by the defense to bridge the gap, but the offense stalled out and had an attempted field goal blocked. From that point on, the wheels seemed to fall off and the Green and Gold could not regroup. Overall, it was a very disappointing loss for everyone involved: players, coaches, parents and alumni.
This team continues to look forward and not in the rearview mirror. The record is not what anyone envisioned it to be at this time, but our total focus is on New Mexico Highlands and what we need to do and how we need to prepare for victory this Saturday!