CMU Mavs Host Black Hills State in Second Conference Game
The Colorado Mesa Mavericks (1-2, 0-1) have faced nationally ranked teams on the road in their last two outings. They have played well in all three games they have played, and even had a fourth quarter lead last week against 21st ranked Chadron State before falling 30-24. If the Mavs continue to play good football, the wins are going to happen, and the second win of the season could come Saturday when the Mavericks host Black Hills State.
This will be just the second meeting ever between the two teams, with Black Hills State joining the RMAC last season. CMU won last year's match-up 31-29 in Spearfish, South Dakota with a dramatic last second victory.
Black Hills State has given up 143 points in their first three games,while going 0-3. The Mavs offense looked like it was starting to click last week against Chadron and gave us a glimpse of how exciting their offense can be. If they can duplicate last week's feat of not turning the ball over, there's a chance they could score a lot of points against the Yellow Jackets. Mavs redshirt freshman quarterback Kyle Duran had his best game as a Maverick last week against Chadron.
While Black Hills State has given up a ton of points, their offense has also shown the ability to score, with 83 points in three games. Led by junior quarterback Ward Anderson, they have been very good through the air, averaging 260 yards passing per game. The Mavericks lead the RMAC in interceptions, and will certainly be challenged this weekend.
Mavericks junior running back Jake Cimolino ran for a season high 146 yards in the loss to Chadron, and now needs 139 yards to move past Charles Duke for third place on Mesa's all-time career rushing list. Cimolino ranks second in the conference in rushing with 119 yards per game
Saturday's game is slated for 1:00 at Stocker Stadium, and broadcast on AM 1230 KEXO, and on line at kexo1230.com. This game should be a lot of fun to watch, with two teams moving up and down the field.