GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — Week 2 of football in the RMAC saw Mines fall in another thriller to a ranked opponent, Pueblo come down to Earth, and Fort Lewis make their 2022 debut! Let’s see how everybody fared in the past weekend’s games.

COLORADO MESA UNIVERSITY

The Mavs had the week off with a bye as they prepare to welcome SD Mines for their home opener.

COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES 27 – ANGELO STATE 30

Mines didn’t duck any smoke when scheduling for this season and may end up paying the ultimate price for being so bold. After falling last week to #3 Grand Valley State on the road the Orediggers again came up just short on the home turf against #5 Angelo State. The overtime loss is the first time Mines has lost a regular season game on their home field since CMU edged them in doubt overtime back in 2016. Now 0-2 isn’t pretty and Mines will have their work cut out for them if they hope to make it back to the postseason but I believe they have the team to do it. Although they haven’t been victorious they’ve gone down to the wire with two real contenders and should be licking their chops to get into conference play.

CSU-PUEBLO 10 – GRAND VALLEY STATE 35

After last week’s resounding win down at Midwestern, I posed the question “Is the pack truly back?”. They had a chance to prove just that but were stymied instead by #3 Grand Valley State on their home field. Steven Croell was pedestrian through the air (146 yards, 1 TD, 1INT) but showed off some mobility with 75 yards on the ground. This team is going to go as far as Croell can take them so getting back on track will be paramount this week when they take on Western.

WESTERN COLORADO 31 – TEXAS PERMIAN BASIN 34

The Mountaineers fell in overtime against UTPB but put on a way better showing this week than last. A change at QB with Luke Nethercot getting the majority of the reps over Connor Desch proved pivotal as Western was able to find the endzone this week. Nethercot’s efforts were lauded with an RMAC Offensive Player of the Week nod! Josh Cummings didn’t play again this week and you have to wonder if the standout running back could have been the difference in this ball game. The playoffs are probably out of the question for the Western after going 0-2 in non-conference play but they still can defend the RMAC Conference title. They’ll begin that defense this week down in Pueblo.

SOUTH DAKOTA MINES 20 – TRUMAN STATE 27

Truman State got the jump on SD Mines and though the Hardrockers made it interesting late they ultimately fell in their home opener. After receiving national recognition last week Jayden Johannsen was bottled up and eventually replaced with Spencer Zur. Zur provided the spark that got the Hardrockers going late throwing for 187 yards and 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. Playmakers Isaiah Eastman and Jeremiah Bridges found pay dirt again this week further proving that the Hardrockers have legit weapons on the perimeter. It will be interesting to see who gets the nod when SD Mines comes to town to take on the Mavericks to kick off conference play.

BLACK HILLS STATE 38 – WILLIAM JEWELL 19

Led by the RMAC’s Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week, the Yellow Jackets trounced William and Jewell in their home opener! Linebacker Ryder Blair”s interception and 6 tackles led the defensive effort. On the other side of the ball, Nolan Susel led the charge for the second week in a row. Although he didn’t top the century mark this week he did find his way into the endzone on three separate occasions. Susel wasn’t the only back to leave his imprint on this game as busted off an 89-yard run for a score in the 4th quarter to put the game away. Hassan Williams had himself a career day as well hauling in 12 catches for 132 yards and a score! The Yellow Jackets are 2-0 and although they haven’t played the stiffest of competition they have to feel confident heading into conference play. After two weeks the Yellow Jackets have two of the top five leading rushers in the conference. A solid ground game, good defense, and efficient special teams are always a winning recipe. Speaking of which don’t let me forget to mention Coleman Chapman’s perfect day! He converted all five of his extra point attempts as well as his lone field goal attempt from 37 yards out earning him a player of the week nod.

CHADRON STATE 10 – UTAH TECH 56

The Eagles’ porous offense was on full display once again. They managed not to get shut out this week but still failed to show many signs of life. One of the few bright spots was former UCLA back Jalen Starks who finished with 75 yards on the ground and a score. Chadron fared no better on the defensive end surrendering a whopping 56 points to the former RMAC foe. Now Utah Tech is a Division I program and Angelo State is a top ten team in the nation so maybe Chadron is as bad as they’ve looked to open the gates. We’ll get a true litmus test when they take on Black Hills State this weekend.

ADAMS STATE 19 – WEST TEXAS A&M 34

The Grizzlies faced another LSC foe and once again didn’t get things going offensively until the second half. Adams’ defense which finished week one with some momentum wasn’t able to carry that over into this game surrendering 219 yards on the ground and an unanswered 17-point run in the first half. Things don’t get any easier for the Grizzlies as they face an 0-2 Mines with everything on the line heading into conference play.

FORT LEWIS 12 – ARIZONA CHRISTIAN 52

The Jonny Cox era didn’t get off to a great start with the Skyhawks getting thumped by a visiting NAIA foe. Turnovers were the story in this one as Braden Wingle’s five interceptions overshadowed solid receiving days from Zach Russell and Drake Cortez. Max Hyson had himself a day with 2 sacks and 3 TFLs on the defensive end. Fort Lewis had opportunities to get back in this one, specifically a dropped pass on what would have been a walk-in touchdown to former CSU Ram Dylan Holt in the third quarter. The Skyhawks are currently in the midst of a 19-game losing streak dating back to 2019, they have to break through at some point right? We’ll see if they can do so against Highlands this weekend.

NEW MEXICO HIGHLANDS

The Cowboys had a bye last week and will open up conference play at home with Fort Lewis this weekend.