Courtesy of Chadron State Athletics
CHADRON, Neb. - Chadron State’s Glen Clinton ran for 182 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries and Dominic Morris added two more rushing touchdowns to lead the Eagles to a 31-7 victory over Western New Mexico Saturday afternoon in Chadron.
Chadron State, now 5-3 and 4-2 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, ran early and often in its 13th straight Homecoming victory, accumulating 275 yards on 51 carries. The Eagles also added 218 yards passing to finish with a season-high 493 yards of total offense.
“We worked on our rush offense all week and it really paid off,” said Chadron State College head coach Bill O’Boyle, who is now tied with Ross Armstrong for the second-most football victories in school history with 51. “Our tailbacks ran exceptionally well and the offensive line did a nice job creating lanes for them to run through. I was happy with the effort the entire game and our defense played well again.”
Entering the game, Western New Mexico (3-5, 2-4 RMAC) had the top rush defense in the RMAC, allowing just 92 yards a game to its opponents. However, the Eagles had 95 yards on the ground after the first quarter, and Clinton, a redshirt freshman from Cody, Wyo., supplied a majority of them.
The Eagles’ started their first scoring drive on their own 3-yard line but Clinton carried seven times for 70 yards and capped it off in style with his 34-yard touchdown run. Quarterback Jonn McLain, who completed 14 of 19 passes for 154 yards in the game, threw the ball just three times on the 11-play drive. He found Jeff Alcorn twice for 23 yards to help set up the first score.
The Eagles added to their lead midway through the second quarter when they reached pay dirt on another long drive, this time marching 88 yards in 13 plays. Clinton was the workhorse again; carrying the ball eight times for 35 yards, but the biggest play came when Alcorn caught a lateral from McLain that he threw for a 32-yard completion to Travis Reeves. On the next play, Morris, who finished with 50 yards on the ground, scooted 18 yards into the end zone for a 14-0 lead.
At the start of the third quarter, Chadron State needed just nine plays to go 80 yards for another TD. Clinton toted the ball eight times and scored on a 4-yard run, but McLain’s 36-yard toss down the middle to Jeremy Sondrup on a play-action fake was the biggest play.
Near the end of the third, CSC extended its lead to 24-0 when Michael Ziola booted a 40-yard field goal, his 15th of the season.
The Eagles’ final scoring drive was their shortest of the day, covering just 45 yards. Quarterback Garrett Treffer hit John Ritzen for a 21-yard gain down the far sideline and two plays later Morris rumbled in for a 6-yard score.
Western New Mexico got on the board midway through the final quarter after Cooper Bowman returned an interception nine yards to the Eagles’ 20. Three plays later, quarterback Chris Voller found CJ Gardner for a 14-yard score, making the game, 31-7. However, Western New Mexico didn’t get another scoring opportunity the remainder of the game.
Despite the late touchdown, Western New Mexico’s offense had a hard time solving Chadron State’s defense. The Mustangs had more punts (10) than pass completions (nine) and finished with just 183 yards, 54 of them coming on Kevin Breaker’s long run in the first quarter. On that drive, the Mustangs eventually moved the ball inside the red zone and had a first and goal from the 4-yard line. The CSC defense stood tall, though, and shut the Mustangs out on four straight rushing attempts before taking over on downs at the 1-yard line.