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RAPID CITY, SD — No. 15 Colorado Mesa used a strong defensive effort to propel them to a 69-7 win over South Dakota School of Mines, capping off the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference schedule for the Mavericks.
The win gives Colorado Mesa a share of the RMAC Championship for the third-straight season.
SD Mines, a team usually with a very powerful offense, was hampered by some crucial injuries as starting quarterback Jake Sullivan and standout wide receiver Brandon LaBrie were both out with injuries along with a host of other ‘Rocker contributors.
Colorado Mesa outscored the Hardrockers, 38-7, in the first half and tacked on 31 unanswered points in the second half to claim the win. The Maverick defense forced four interceptions, blocked two kicks and added a sack. Two of those turnovers were returned for touchdowns.
The Hardrockers’ only touchdown of the day came at the end of the first half when Thomas Creese, filling in for Sullivan, hit a streaking Carson Hunt down the left side of the field. He took it 24 yards in for the touchdown capping off a six play 65-yard drive.
Mesa’s Offense chipped in with 483 yards of total offense including 186 yards on the ground. The Hardrockers collected 379 yards of offense, getting 238 through the air and rushing for another 141.
Creese finished the day under center completing 26-54 passes for 238 yards and a touchdown.
Hunt paced the Hardrockers making 11 receptions for 103 yards and a score. Jermaine Williamshad four catches for 58 yards and Edenske Lormeus hauled in three catches for 26 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, Harrison Beemiller led SD Mines with 10 total tackles, while EJ DeVeaux had eight and Triston Brown contributed with seven tackles. Blake Stone and Isiah McGuire had sacks in the game.
The Mavericks move to 9-1 on the season and in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference while the Hardrockers fall to 4-5 on the season and 3-5 in the RMAC.
South Dakota Mines closes out the 2017 campaign Saturday in Gunnison, Colo., in the RMAC finally against Wester State Colorado University with a 1 p.m. start.
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