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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

Top Performers:
OFFENSE:
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

DEFENSE:
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.

UP NEXT:
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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[Editor's Note: If we get the podcast up by Monday. Having problems getting the sizes so they work on the content management system. We plan to have kinks worked out this week.]

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