In their season opener the Mustangs traveled Spirit Field on the campus of Ottawa University – Arizona. In a tightly contested match, a last minute touchdown by the Spirit lifted them to a 38-31.
Western New Mexico 31 – Ottawa (AZ) 38
Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Western New Mexico 10 14 7 0 31
OUAZ 10 14 7 7 38
CJ Fowler (Mesa, AZ/Desert Ridge HS): 26-of-43 / 252 yards / 1 TD
DeAndre Williams (Tucson, AZ/Tucson Magnet): 16 Att. / 98 yards rushing / 1 TD – long of 37-yds
Vincent Brown (Los Angeles, CA/Artesia): 10 Att. / 75 yards rushing / 2 TD – long of 38-yds
Josh Powell: 9 Rec. for 122-yds
Reggie Colson III (Hollywood, FL/South Borward HS): 6 Rec. for 78-yds, 1 TD
Roosevelt Calhoun Jr. (Reno, NV/Hug HS): 6 solo, 6 assists
James Lee (Bayard, NM/Cobre): 3 solo, 3 assists, 1 TFL (9-yds), 1.0 sack (9-yds)
How it Happened:
About 2.5 minutes into the game Spirit's QB Austin McCullough found Antonio Day from 10-yards out to cap a three-play, 15-yard drive.
WNMU would answer back at the 9:34 mark on a 37-yard rush by DeAndre Williams (Tucson, AZ/Tucson Magnet)
Evan Rios (Madera, CA/Madera HS) showed off his strength with a 54-yard field goal to tie the game at 10 going into the second quarter.
A 28-yard rush by CJ Fowler (Mesa, AZ/Desert Ridge HS) put the Mustangs in scoring position, with Vincent Brown (Los Angeles, CA/Artesia) taking it in for a 1-yard rush and the touchdown to tie at 17.
It took barely 5 minutes for Vincent Brown (Los Angeles, CA/Artesia) to score his second touchdown with a 38-yard rush to go into the half tied at 24.
It took two plays and 17-yards for the Mustangs to strike first in the 3rd quarter, as CJ Fowler (Mesa, AZ/Desert Ridge HS) found Reggie Colson III (Hollywood, FL/South Borward HS) from 16-yards out to take their first lead of the game at 31-24.
OUAZ would chip away on yards to get into scoring position, scoring two more times, including the winning touchdown with just under two minutes to play.
WNMU Football will travel further north of Phoenix, to Flagstaff, Arizona to take on the Lumberjacks of Northern Arizona. Kickoff is set for Sat. Sept 14 at 5 p.m. (MST)
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