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ALAMOSA, CO — In a good ole western shootout, Adams State University football team held off South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Saturday afternoon in Alamosa, 52-44. The game featured more than 1,100 yards of total offense in the nearly 100 point affair.
The game came down to a possible single yard battle, as S.D. Mines drove down to the Adams goal line on a 38 yard pass from Jake Sullivan to Brandon Labrie. The defense made a key tackle, forcing the receiver to his knee just inches from scoring what could’ve been the game-tying play. On the very next play, Labrie took the ball up the middle, and on extending the ball the Grizzlies knocked the ball out of the carrier’s hands. Keaton Drummer landed on the ball in the end zone, securing the win for Adams with only 30 second remaining on the clock.
Despite completing less than half of his passes, Nick Rooney had five touchdown passes.
Turnovers were the difference between a win and loss, as the Grizzlies never coughed up the ball, but forced four turnovers. Brandon Baker forced a fumble, while Ashton Lawson and Evan Fordeach picked off SD Mines quarterback Sullivan.
SD Mines led after the first quarter, 14-7, with touchdowns from Sullivan (six-yard run) and then a 28-yard TD run from senior Kevin Thompson.
Adams State scored 21 points in the second quarter, while SD Mines managed just one on a six yard run from Sullivan. The Grizzlies led at the half, 28-21.
The home team added 17 points in the third quarter to just seven from the ‘Rockers. Freshman Brandon LaBrie knotted the game at 28-28 with 10:38 to go in the third period on a five-yard pass from Sullivan.
In the final frame SD Mines outscored Adams State, 16-7, and was primed for a comeback. Freshman Carson Hunt hauled in a nine-yard pass from Sullivan with 9:38 to go and Labrie recorded his second score on an 18-yard TD strike with 3:35 to play.
Enis Sefu made good on four PAT’s in the game, filling in for the injured Robbie Jo Gerarden and senior Dorian Cowart caught two passes to score four points on two-point conversions in the fourth quarter.
The Hardrockers racked up 586 yards of total offense while Adams State tallied 536. SD Mines recoded 337 yards through the air and 269 on the ground. The Grizzlies had 284 rushing yards and 253 through the air.
Sullivan finished completing 23-39 passes for 300 yards and three TD’s and committed two interceptions. Punter Jared Stangler also had a pass good for 37 yards.
Thompson had an outstanding day running the ball, rattling off 181 yards on 30 carries and one touchdown, while Sullivan added 42 yards and two scores n 14 carries.
The Hardrockers had seven different receivers catch passes in Saturday’s game. Labrie hauled in 11 catches for 182 yards and two scores, freshman Matthew Dietz added one for 37 yards and Thomas caught two receptions for 27 yards.
Defensively, senior Troy Kurtz paced the Hardrockers with 10 total tackles and recorded a sack, while freshman Antyjuan Rodriquez recorded nine tackles and sophomore Harrison Beemiller had seven tackles and a pass breakup.
The loss drops SD Mines to 2-3 on the season and 1-3 in conference play. Next up, the Hardrockers return home to O’Harra Stadium to face New Mexico Highlands on Saturday for a 12 p.m. RMAC contest.