CMU Mavericks Try for Four in a Row at Fort Lewis
The CMU Mavericks' 3-1 conference record is good. A 4-1 conference record would be even better, and it could happen this weekend when the Mavs travel to Durango to take on the Fort Lewis Skyhawks. CMU is 28-10 all-time against Fort Lewis, and has won the last six meetings by an average score of 30-8.The Mavericks, 4-2 overall, are gunning for their 4th straight victory, something they haven't accomplished since the 2008 season. Fort Lewis is 2-4 overall, 1-3 in the RMAC and have lost two in a row, including last week's 51-16 loss to Mines.However, the Skyhawks are 2-0 at home.
The Skyhawks , who have just won 10 football games over the last five years are hoping to turn their program around with long-time Division I head coach, John L Smith. Smith has been the head coach at Arkansas, Idaho, Utah State, Weber State, Louisville, and Michigan State, where he was the Big 10 Coach of the Year in 2003.
The Mavericks are coming off a 22-17 win over Western New Mexico in a game that saw senior linebacker Jake Edmiston, a Palisade High School graduate, record 23 tackles. For his effort, Edmiston was named the RMAC Defensive Player of the Week, and earned National Player of the Week honors bu USAfootballbowl.com. Edmiston leads Division II in tackles, and is tied for third across all divisions with 14.8 tackles per game.
While the Mavericks have had good success against the Skyhawks in recent years, Coach Russ Martin says his team is not looking past this weekend.
"Our total focus is going to be on Fort Lewis and being the best team we can be. We want to have our best performance of the year Saturday in Durango."
Saturday's game, which is homecoming for Fort Lewis, will kick off at 1:00. You can hear the game on the radio beginning at 12:30pm on AM 1230 KEXO, and on line at www.kexo1230.com.