In their first meeting since 2015, the two teams did skip a beat upholding the rivalry. Pushing the series record to 6-2 overall, and returning the Warrior helmet back to Silver City, the Mustangs used a second half surge to win the inaugural La Batalla Bowl 23-14 in Las Vegas N.M. Saturday afternoon.
CJ Fowler (Mesa, AZ/Desert Ridge HS) – 22-of-37 | 316-yards passing | 3 TDs
Vincent Brown (Los Angeles, CA/Artesia) – 17 carries | 98-yards
Reggie Colson III (Hollywood, FL/South Borward HS) – 12 receptions | 226-yards | 3 TDs | Long of 65
David Melendez (Las Cruces, NM/Las Cruces HS) – 6 tackles | 2.0 TFL / 15-yards | 1.0 sack/ 11-yards |
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Highlands would be forced to punt in the opening drive, but Adrien Vasquez regained possession for the Cowboys with an interception in WNMU's opening drive.
The Cowboys would capitalize on the turnover with a 31-yard rush for the first score of the game halfway through the first quarter.
Immediately following the touchdown, NMHU would attempt an on-side kick but fall a yard short thus giving the ball to WNMU.
Second and ten on the WNMU35, CJ Fowler (Mesa, AZ/Desert Ridge HS) connected with Reggie Colson III (Hollywood, FL/South Borward HS) who fended off a defender, back pedaling into the endzone to tie up the game.
Just under the nine minute mark, WNMU lost the ball on a rush to be recovered and returned to the endzone for Highlands second touchdown of the game and the lead, 14-7 going into the half.
Down their leading rusher and senior leader, WNMU rallied together and came out hot in the third quarter.
The Mustangs started their scoring run with a 20-yard field goal from Ignacio Correa (Midland, TX/Midland).
A fumble on the kickoff by NMHU was recovered by Isaiah Perez (Carlsbad, NM/Carlsbad HS) at the NMHU 30 to give the ball right back to WNMU.
On the first play, CJ Fowler (Mesa, AZ/Desert Ridge HS) found none other than Reggie Colson III (Hollywood, FL/South Borward HS) this time from 30-yards out for the first WNMU lead, 17-14.
At the 10:23 mark in the fourth, Highlands tied it up at 17 with a 37-yard field goal attempt.
10 plays, and 75-yards on a 4:51 possession, WNMU retook the lead on another Fowler to Colson score.
With just under three minutes, NMHU needed to score to tie but the WNMU defense would hold them off giving the Mustangs their 23-17 victory.
Western New Mexico football completes the season with a 2-10 record overall.