Late TD lifts Eagles over Grizzlies

Last-second FG attempt sails left

CHADRON, Neb. – A pair of David Van voris (Elizabeth, Colo.) field goals in the fourth quarter gave ASC a 6-point lead with under three minutes in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) action against Chadron State on Saturday afternoon, but the Ealges answered back to score the go-ahead touchdown with 1:38 to play and held on for a 14-13 win.

The loss was the second straight for ASC, and drops to the Grizzlies to 2-2 overall on the year and 0-2 in RMAC competition. The Eagles, who started the season with a pair of non-conference losses, move to 2-2 and are 2-0 in league play.

ASC will return to Rex Stadium next weekend for a Homecoming match-up with currently 7th-ranked and undefeated Nebraska-Kearney. Kick-off for October 1 is set for 1 p.m. at Rex Stadium.

The Grizzlies’ fourth quarter was off to a rough start as senior running back Terjean Saffold (Stockton, Calif.) fumbled the ball away to Chadron State just 21 seconds in, but after the Grizzly defense forced a three-and-out the offense would eat up clock on its next two possessions and get three points out of each.

With the score tied at 6-6, the Grizzly offense traveled 55 yards in 11 plays, and benefitted from on-target passing from junior quarterback Trevor Eggleston (Tucson, Ariz.) who completed 7-of-8 on the drive for 47 yards. But due to a holding that forced ASC into a 1st-and-20 on the CSC 36, the Grizzlies had to settle for a 38-yard field goal from Van Voris with 8:44 to play.

After kicking off to the Eagles the defense needed just two plays to give the ball back to the offense. Junior defensive back Jake Long (Glendale, Ariz.) forced a fumble from Chadron running back Glen Clinton and recovered the loose ball himself at the Eagles own 44-yard line.

On first down another holding call pushed ASC back onto their own half of the field, but a 10-yard completion to senior Dustin Bolt (Alamosa, Colo.) followed by back-to-back runs from Terjean and Torijean Saffold (Stockton, Calif.) set the Grizzlies up with a 4th-and-1 and the CSC 36. The drive was extended as Terjean Saffold rushed for five yards up the middle. But once again the Grizzlies would have to settle for three points as the drive stalled on the Eagles’ 17, and Van Voris came on to hit his second of the day from 34 yards out.

The ensuing kick-off was bobbled by Michael Madkins, but he recovered to run the ball back out to the 49 before forced out by Van Voris. The Eagles then worked their way down the field in a hurry, and with 1:38 left to play Brandon Gorsuch found Jeremy Sondrup for a 12-yard strike to tie the game, and Alex Ferdinand’s extra point brought the score even.

Eggleston found senior Delton Prescott (Phoenix, Ariz.) on the first play of the drive for six yards, and returned to Prescott on 4th-and-4 for a gain of 26 yards, but a holding penalty brought the play back and the Grizzlies faced 4th-and-14 from the 23. But Eggleston once again went back to Prescott, and the duo hooked up for 39 yards to move the ball in CSC territory.

A CSC substitution infraction on fourth down with eight seconds to play gave the Grizzlies a first down at the Eagles’ 24. From there, Eggleston connected with junior JB Hall (Boulder, Colo.) for three yards to the 21-yard line with four seconds left. Van Voris then came on for his third field goal of the game, but as time expired the attempt sailed wide left and allowed the Eagles to hold on for the win.

The Adams State defense held the Eagles to 295 yards of offense on 61 plays and forced three turnovers on the day while the Grizzly offense gave the ball up once. Long was the catalyst behind both a fumble and an interception, while junior Jeremiah Van Valkenburg (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) snared a CSC pass as well.
Senior middle linebacker Rocco DeLorenzo (Arvada, Colo.) notched a game-high nine tackles, including 2.0 for loss. Junior linebacker Mario Moore (Moreno Valley, Calif.) recorded the Grizzlies lone sack of the game, bringing down Gorsuch for seven yards.

Prescott became the first Grizzly receiver of the season to go over 100 yards in a game, snagging eight passes for 113 yards, and also found the end zone for ASC’s first score of the day in the second quarter and for his first of the season.

Terjean Saffold rushed the ball 28 times Saturday, gaining 78 yards, while redshirt-freshman Micahel Carl (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was the Grizzlies’ number two ball carrier on the day, going for 16 yards on four attempts.

Eggleston connected on 23-of-38 passes for 222 yards and a TD, and connected with Prescott for 39 yards as the Grizzlies’ longest play of the afternoon.

Nebraska-Kearney, ranked seventh by the American Football Coaches’ Association (AFCA), topped Western State 55-7 on Saturday in their own Homecoming game. The Lopers will come to Alamosa averaging more than 50 points and over 600 yards of offense per game.

Saturday’s match-up will kick-off at 1 p.m. at Rex Stadium and can be followed via live stats, on the air at (104.1 FM in Alamosa), or via a live video broadcast from subscription-based America One.
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