RAPID CITY, SD — It seemed the momentum swung as much as the wind gusted up Saturday’s during a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference football game between South Dakota Mines and Chadron State College at O’Harra Stadium in Rapid City, South Dakota.
And when it seemed that the Hardrockers were going to close out the game with a walk-off touchdown, the Eagles snatched that opportunity away, recovering a fumble and held on to a 50-46 victory.
With 10 second left in the game, Hardrocker Jake Sullivan threw a pass over the middle on the Chadron 25-yard line to wide receiver Anthony Ullrich, who caught it, turned and stretched out for the goal line.
But a touchdown was not in the cards, as a fumble was called. Chadron took over on the one-yard line with three seconds remaining, giving the Eagles the win as Chadron retained the Eagle Rock Trophy for a third-straight RMAC bout against SD Mines.
To start the day, the Eagles jumped out to a 15-0 advantage and then held a 22-6 edge after the first quarter.
SD Mines countered in the second quarter, scoring in the open seconds of the period and then closed out the half with a blocked punt returned for a TD from Hardrocker Chandler Callejo. When the dust settled, CSC clung to a 29-19 lead at the half.
That lead would be short-lived as SD Mines blanked the visitors in the third quarter while scoring 17 points to go up, 36-29, and then added another score to open the fourth quarter giving the home team a two-touchdown advantage, 43-29.
Chadron once again swung the momentum, erasing the deficit with two touchdowns and tying the game at 43-43 with just over eight minutes to play in the game. The Hardrockers regained the lead with a field goal, but Chadron answered right back with a 30-yard TD run to retake the lead, 50-46.
SD Mines had one final drive and moved the ball downfield, before setting up the dramatic finish.
The Hardrockers closed out the game with 571 total yards of offense, collecting 152 on the ground and 419 through the air. The Eagles tallied 600 total yards, 351 rushing and 249 passing.
Sullivan threw four touchdown passes and made good on 31-46 attempts for 419 yards.
Joe Luebbers led the Hardrocker with 140receiving yards on seven catches and two score. Ullrich also had a score to go along with his seven catches for 116 yards. Isaiah Manley notched 99 yards on eight catches and Collin Zur added 17 yards on three catches and one score.
Enis Sefa was 2-3 on field goal attempts making good from 47 and 34 yards. He also had nine kickoffs for 490 yards with three touchbacks.
Defensively, Bryan Akunna led the ‘Rockers with 12 total tackles while Justin Broekemeier collected 10 tackles, including one for a loss of 11 yards and a pass breakup. Cole Peterson had an interception returned for 36 yards.
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