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Western New Mexico opened their home season on Saturday against Central Washington. It was a game the Mustang staff targeted as a potential win for the home team. Unfortunately CWU scored late in the game to put it out of reach for the Mustangs, 36-27.
Coach Frank Tristan liked the way his team came out of the gate, especially offensively. QB CJ Fowler connected on key plays with WR Reggie Colson III to push the team down the field. RB Deandre Williams ran well during the drive that resulted in a TD for the home team. Tristan felt it set the tone for first half as WNMU would take a 20-17 lead into intermission.
After opening the season with two games on the road, the Mustangs will be at home against central Washington this Saturday. Both teams enter the contest with no wins against 2 losses. Similarly, each team has played a Football Championship Division team. Western’s other game was against an NAIA team while Central Washington played the #2 team in Division II.
Central Washington brings a balanced attack offensively to Silver City gaining about 280 yards per game through the air and 143 yards on the ground. the passing game is lead by quarterback Cason Raconelli, a red shirt freshman who completes about 35% of his passing attempts and has 3 touchdowns versus 3 interceptions. Coach Frank Tristan said the wide receiver core for the Wildcats is deep and talented led by junior Tony Archie. The 6’ 1” speedster averages 17 yards per catch and about 100 yards per game on 6 receptions per game.
Silver City, N.M. – Director of Athletics, Scott Noble, along with the team at ProView Networks announce the partnership for the 2019-2020 season.
ProView Networks is based out of the Albuquerque area, and is one of the main sports networks, streaming youth, high school and collegiate sports in New Mexico. On top of streaming live sports games, they also stream “The Steve Davis Show,” “The Sports Desk” and “The Opening Drive.”
The final score (55-21) of the Mustang's tilt against Northern Arizona University may not look like an improvement over week one, but Coach Frank Tristan said his team met several of the goals he set for them. Not all of them, but some significant ones.
The head coach wanted to his team to stay competitive with the Football Championship Series Lumberjacks, especially in the first half of the game. Western trailed 15-6 at the end of the first quarter but it wasn't just the score that pleased Tristan. While the Lumberjacks did score on their first two possessions, Western had chances to stop them on third down. While they didn't, Tristan felt it was not because his defense made critical errors, it was because NAU just has better athletes.
The Western New Mexico volleyball team opened up the Skyhawk Volleyball Tournament this evening against the host, Fort Lewis (2-3). The match was the home opener for the Skyhawks and match one of the three day, five team tournament held in Whalen Gymnasium.
WNMU 2 - Fort Lewis 3 (25-17, 25-19, 22-25, 17-25, 14-16)
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