Courtesy of Chadron State Athletics
- The Chadron State College football team rushed for 428 yards and scored 24 points in a six minute burst in the second quarter to turn back Fort Lewis 38-7 during their Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game Saturday at Dennison Field.
Dominic Morris scored on runs of 64 and 74 yards and finished with 195 yards on just 10 carries, and Glen Clinton added 154 yards on 28 carries to help the Eagles improve to 6-3 on the season and 5-2 in the RMAC.
Fort Lewis (2-6, 2-5 RMAC), which entered the game averaging 313 yards through the air, struck quickly in the first quarter when quarterback Tim Jenkins hit Deric Davis for a 54-yard touchdown just two minutes in, but the aerial assault was short-lived.
The Skyhawks had 162 passing yards for the game, with Jenkins completing 16 of 30 passes for 155 yards before leaving the game midway through the third quarter. As a team, Fort Lewis had 253 yards of total offense, while CSC averaged 8.3 yards per play and rolled up a season-high 551 total yards. The 428 rushing yards for CSC is the fourth-highest total in school history.
A large chunk of CSC’s yards came after its tame first quarter. The Eagles only gained 56 yards in the first 15 minutes, but responded with a huge second quarter, gaining 220 yards while limiting Fort Lewis to only 45.
Kicker Michael Ziola got the Eagles on the board early in the second when he nailed a 42-yard field goal that capped an eight-play, 28-yard drive. The drive began when cornerback Jed Herblan intercepted a Jenkins pass at the 13-yard line and returned it 34 yards.
The Eagles took the lead for good shortly after Ziola’s field goal when quarterback Jonn McLain, who completed nine of 13 passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns, connected with Nate Ross on a 31-yard score.
Chadron State’s defense forced Fort Lewis to punt on its next possession and the Eagles needed just two plays as Morris raced 64 yards to paydirt for his first long scoring run of the day.
The Eagles closed out the quarter in style when McLain hit Ross, who had three receptions for 71 yards, for his second TD with 55 seconds before halftime.
After a scoreless third quarter, Chadron State added to its lead with two more rushing TDs in the final frame. Alex Rodriguez, who finished with 44 yards on 7 carries, scooted in for a 2-yard run, and Morris put an exclamation point on the victory with a 74-yard TD run with just over four minutes to go.
Kevin Lindholm and Kelen Kahrs each had six tackles for the Eagles. Even though Chadron State didn’t have any sacks, the defense had seven quarterback hurries and broke up six passes. The defensive unit also limited Fort Lewis wide receiver Justin Johnson to six five receptions for 36 yards. Entering the game Johnson was second in NCAA Division II by averaging 134.6 receiving yards a game.
Chadron State will host Colorado School of Mines (8-1, 7-0 RMAC) in its final home game of the season. Kickoff is set for noon.