CHADRON – Through the first three weeks of the 2011 season, Chadron State head coach Bill O’Boyle has preached to his team to finish a game. On Saturday, they did just that.
Jeremy Sondrup caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Gorsuch that gave the Eagles a 14-13 lead with one minute, 38 seconds remaining in the game, and Adams State’s 38-yard field goal try as time expired went wide to the left to give CSC a thrilling Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference victory.
“This is the first time all season we’ve finished a game,” O’Boyle said. “The guys believed in themselves and they gained a lot of confidence from coming behind against a good team like Adams State. They learned what it takes to win today.”
The victory for Chadron State (2-2, 2-0 RMAC) certainly wasn’t a thing of beauty, but the Eagles took advantage of timely plays, particularly in crunch time.
Things were looking bleak for the Eagles, though, when Adams State’s David Van Voris hit a 34-yard field goal – his second of the fourth quarter – to give the Grizzlies a 13-7 lead with just under three minutes left in the game.
Michael Madkins, who scored the game’s first touchdown in the second quarter on a 55-yard run, provided the Eagles a spark by returning the ensuing kickoff 45 yards to Chadron State’s 49-yard line.
Following an incomplete pass, Gorsuch, who completed 13 of 25 passes for 113 yards, found Jeff Alcorn on back-to-back gains of 13 and 16 yards that carried CSC to the 22-yard line.
Adams State committed a holding penalty that put Chadron State on the 12 and Gorsuch hit Sondrup for the game-winning TD a play later.
The Grizzlies didn’t give up, though, and drove 52 yards in eight plays, including a 39-yard pass play from quarterback Trevor Eggleston to Delton Prescott to convert on fourth and 14.
After that play, ASC gained 17 yards on three quick plays and a penalty, and were set up on the far hash for its field goal try. However, the kick failed, and Chadron State, which had the ball for less than three minutes in the final frame, squeaked by for its sixth-straight victory over Adams State.
While the last half of the fourth quarter had its tense moments, the rest of the game was mundane. The two teams combined for 15 punts, while converting on just eight of 31 third downs.
Both squads scored on long plays during three-play drives during the second quarter. Madkins went 55 yards on a nifty run along the CSC sideline, and Adams State’s Prescott caught a 20-yard pass from Eggleston three minutes later to tie things up at 7-7.
That was it for the scoring until Van Voris kicked field goals of 38 and 34 yards in the fourth.
The Eagles finished with 295 yards of total offense – 182 of it on the ground. Sophomore Glen Clinton, who made his first start since injuring his hand in the preseason, rushed for 85 yards, and Madkins had 84 more.
Adams State gained 319 yards. Eggleston completed 23 of 38 passes for 222 yards and Terjean Saffold rushed for 78 yards.
Linebackers led the defensive units for both teams. Adams State’s Rocco DeLorenzo made a game-high nine stops, while Chadron State’s Kevin Lindholm and Maverick Churchill each had eight.
The Eagles will host Colorado State University-Pueblo Saturday for Homecoming. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m.
Adams State 0 7 0 6 – 13
Chadron State 0 7 0 7 – 14
CSC – Michael Madkins 55 run (Alex Ferdinand kick)
ASC – Delton Prescott 20 pass from Trevor Eggleston (David Van Voris kick)
ASC – Van Voris 38 field goal
ASC – Van Voris 34 field goal
CSC – Jeremy Sondrup 12 pass from Brandon Gorsuch (Ferdinand kick)
—Alex Helmbrecht, Sports Information Director