Chadron State SID Alex Helmbrecht interviews head coach Jay Long about the Eagles’ 20-14 win over Colorado Mines. The two also discuss the Eagles’ first round playoff game with West Texas A&M.
Chadron State head football coach Jay Long talks to Alex Helmbrecht about the Eagles’ win at Fort Lewis and their upcoming game against Colorado School of Mines.
CHADRON – Sporting a 7-2 seasonal record and a 6-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference log, the Chadron State football makes its seventh and final trip of the regular season to Durango, Colo., to play Fort Lewis on Saturday. Kickoff will be at 1 p.m.
Despite having some capable players, the Skyhawks are struggling. They are 0-8 overall and 0-7 in the conference.
New Mexico Highlands dealt Fort Lewis a 50-0 setback in the season opener while Division I-AA Northern Arizona won 69-0 the next week.
The Skyhawks then played what may have their best game of the season, falling by just 42-34 to Western New Mexico. The other scores have been CSU-Pueblo 50-21, Colorado Mines 58-15, Colorado Mesa 36-12, Western State 18-6 and Adams State 55-9.
Chadron State coaches say Fort Lewis has an outstanding weapon in quarterback Tim Jenkins. Both head coach Jay Long and defensive coordinator Jeff Larson believe Jenkins is among the best signal callers in the conference.
“It seems like nearly everybody in the conference has a great quarterback and they throw the ball about 80 times a game,” Larson said. “The Fort Lewis quarterback is one of the best. He’s big and strong, experienced and he throws the ball well.”
A 6-foot-3, 220-pound graduate of Thunder Ridge High in the Denver area, Jenkins has completed 161 of 301 passes for 1,817 yards and eight touchdowns. He’s also thrown eight interceptions.
Six Fort Lewis players have caught at least a dozen passes, led by junior Doyle Bode, who has 43 catches for 475 yards. The leading rusher is Van Gramann, a 5-11, 170-pound sophomore. He has carried 85 times for 347 yards.
Particularly on defense, the Skyhawks are the smallest team physically in the RMAC. None of the four defensive linemen weighs more than 235 pounds and one linebacker is listed at 180 pounds and the other at 200.
The opponents have rushed for 1,800 yards against Fort Lewis, which has gained just 561 yards on the ground. The foes also have thrown for 25 touchdowns.
Senior Jonathan Price, who has 31 pass receptions for 251 yards, is averaging 9.9 yards on punt returns and 23.6 yards on kickoff returns.
Despite Saturday’s win, the Eagles still haven’t cracked the American Football Coaches Association top 25. However, they remain third in the all-important Super Region 4 rankings, which mean the most at this juncture in the season.
Undefeated Ashland of Ohio and CSU-Pueblo lead the way in the ratings, both at 9-0. CSC and Indianapolis, both at 7-2 for the season and 7-1 in Division II, are third and fourth.
Chadron State, which is 24-3 all-time against the Skyhawks, also recently moved to 19th in the D2football.com Top 25 poll.
Con Marshall, Information Services
CHADRON – Black Hills State’s Caitlin Templeton and Amy O’Neill combined to have 27 kills and the Yellow Jackets combined to have 14 total blocks in their 21-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-23 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference victory over Chadron State.
With the win, Black Hills improves to 10-16 overall and 4-12 in the conference, while Chadron State falls to 4-21 overall and 2-14 in the RMAC.
The Eagles will host the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Friday in another league match. First serve is set for 5 p.m.
On Tuesday, Black Hills benefitted from Templeton’s and O’Neill’s solid play. Templeton had a match-high 15 kills and five blocks, while O’Neill added 12 kills and eight digs.
As a team, the Yellow Jackets hit .123 and limited the Eagles to .098. Also providing a spark offensively were Meghan Sipe with eight kills and Kylee Lamb with seven more.
Also for the Jackets, Darbi Yost had a match-high 33 set assists and 23 digs.
Although the Eagles won the close first set – it featured seven ties and two lead changes – they were unable to get things going in the final three sets after hitting .302 in the opening frame.
Kristina Harter had a team-high 22 digs and both Irvine and Jester had five assisted blocks.
Alex Helmbrecht, Sports Information Director
In the second part of his weekly radio show, Chadron State Sports Information Director Alex Helmbrecht talks to offensive lineman Garrett Gilkey and outside linebacker Kevin Lindholm.
Chadron State head football coach Jay Long discusses the Eagles’ homecoming win over Western New Mexico with sports information director Alex Helmbrecht.
The Chadron State College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is having a food drive Monday, beginning at 6 p.m. in Chadron.
Student-athletes will go door-to-door in Chadron to gather canned food to donate to the Northwest Community Action Partnership.
The CSC men’s basketball team will be hosting the Blue Angels in an exhibition game Monday at 7 p.m. Canned food donations will also be accepted at the gym.
Alex Helmbrecht, Sports Information Director
Chadron State College will be moving dirt during its upcoming “Zombie Apocalypse,” but it won’t be to unearth spooky corpses.
A highlight of the institution’s homecoming celebration, with the theme of Zombie Apocalypse, will be the groundbreaking for the renovation and expansion of the Armstrong Physical Education Building.
The ceremony will be at the southwest corner of the building directly after Saturday’s football game between the Eagles and the Western New Mexico Mustangs. The game kicks off at 1:30 p.m.
Excitement has been building for the Armstrong project, the first phase of which includes a new 2,100-seat sports arena to the south of the existing structure.
Homecoming organizers expect a lively participation from students and the greater community, despite the subjects of the theme.
“Zombies are popular these days, and with homecoming being so close to Halloween it will be a fun theme,” said Dr. Rick Koza, the CSC faculty member who leads the homecoming committee. “We expect to get a lot of involvement from the community.”
An annual highlight of homecoming is the parade, set for Saturday at 9:30 a.m. CSC’s chapter of the Blue Key honor society organizes the parade. Entries need not pre-register for the parade, but must be lined up along First Street before 9 a.m. to participate.
Area firefighters, who have battled numerous catastrophic wildfires in the region this summer and into the fall, have been chosen to serve as the parade marshals.
“We just can’t say enough about the work the firefighters have done to keep the region and community safe during these dry conditions,” Koza said. “We’re proud to recognize them during our homecoming celebration.”
As the parade ends at the corner of 10th and Main, a variety of clubs and organizations will sponsor games and activities on the Dean’s Green. The event, which will have food, has been aptly named Carn Evil.
Leading up to the parade Saturday will be the annual Eagle 5k Run/Walk. Registration will be 7-7:45 a.m. at the corner of 12th and Main streets.
Another way the community can get into homecoming is to show its CSC spirit in the annual contest for yard art and business art. People who want their entries judged may contact Laure Sinn, CSC student activities coordinator, at 308-432-6455. The judging will begin Thursday at noon.
The homecoming festivities will begin with the Cardinal Key honor society’s annual lighting of C Hill on Wednesday at 6 p.m. near the Lindeken Clock Tower. Thursday night will feature the annual Spirit Rally at 6:30 p.m. in Armstrong Gym. The rally will feature the crowning of the homecoming king and queen.
CSC also will honor seven successful CSC graduates with its Distinguished Alumni Award and Distinguished Young Alumni Award. Another 13 will be inducted to the CSC Athletic Hall of Fame. The honorees will be recognized during a luncheon in the Student Center on Saturday.
One of the groups gathering for homecoming is alumni of the “Golden Era” who graduated 50 years ago. Also meeting this week will be “The Survivors,” a group of alumni from the eras of the Great Depression and World War II.
A coffee for alumni, which is free of charge, will be in the Student Center at 8 a.m. Saturday.
—Justin Haag, CSC Information