Hounds Lose Shootout

By J.T. Keith

Eastern New Mexico University has just completed the roughest four week schedule in their history, playing four consecutive nationally ranked opponents.  

ENMU played the No.8 team in the country and kept pace for the first twenty minutes of the game, before losing to Midwestern State 57-34.

The “NASCAR” offense was in full throttle as explosive plays caught the Mustangs’ defense off guard. Midway through the second quarter, Junior quarterback Wes Wood threw an inside slant pass to Senior wide out Chase Keyser who turned on the jets to out run the defense for a 76-yard touchdown to make the score 21-20.

The Hounds (2-7, 1-5 LCS), scored on three out of four possessions as the Mustangs had to switch from man to man defense into a zone defense to keep ENMU’s speedy receiver in front of  their defensive backs. 

ENMU’s offense scored the second most points against the Mustangs defense this season. The Hounds finished the game with 441 yards in total offense. Receiver Chase Keyser led the receiving core with 4 receptions for 113 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Wood is playing his best football of the season, and set a school record for completions at 648. Woods started the game with 12 straight completions, went 29-for-39 for 299 yards, and ran for one touchdown.

Wood said, “I wish we could have come out on top, I can’t doubt the effort, if I was on the battlefield I’d want it to be with these guys. Our defense was trading blows with them really well. There’s a reason they’re ranked No.8 in the nation. They are a great, great football program. I would not trade our guys for anything.”

Midwestern (8-0, 7-0 LCS) Head Coach Bill Maskill said, “It wasn’t our best game, but give credit to Eastern because they played up. Their offense moved the ball, the first three series we tried to play man-to-man pass coverage and we couldn’t do it.”

Coach Ribaudo said, “I am really proud of our guys for continuing to fighting back. I thought our offense was terrific. I am proud of our coaches, our kids and I wish we could win for our fans, they deserve it. Now it’s a two games season and we’re looking to finish 2-0.”

ENMU came out of the game with severe injuries. Jason Serda is gone for the year, Michael Cottingham was injured, and Michael Matthews is also gone for the year. Nick Hill is possible to return before year’s end.

The Hounds play next Saturday, Nov. 5, at Texas A&M University-Commerce, and then return home for the senior’s last home game to end the season.

ENMU plays at home against Texas A&M-Kingsville November 12, at 1 p.m.

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