The Paw Print
The Adams State Grizzlies football team finished the 2014 season on Saturday in a cold, snowy game against Colorado School of Mines. Though the Grizzlies were able to put up 391 total yards of offense and 34 points, it was not enough to overcome the Orediggers and ASU fell by a final score of 49-34.
The Grizzlies’ first score of the game came just a few minutes into the first quarter. Quarterback Auston Hillman led the Grizzly charge down the field and connected with Denzel McCullum on a 20-yard pass. Keating Krauser made good on the point after attempt.
The Orediggers had a strong start to the contest, stringing together 20 points on three passing touchdowns. Mines also scored the lone points of the second quarter, giving them a 28-7 lead entering halftime.
In the second half, the Grizzlies outscored the Orediggers, but it still was not enough to claim the victory. Quarterback Lamar McKnight found Phil Romero on a 43-yard pass to open the half. Nick Diercks also found the end zone in the third quarter on a quick one-yard rush. Romero was successful on the two point conversion.
Addie Brown scored the two final touchdowns for ASU. Both touchdowns came on passes from Hillman, for 14 and 9 yards respectively.
However, Mines produced three more touchdowns in the second half and surpassed the ASU efforts.
Hillman threw for 190 yards in the contest, connecting with multiple Grizzly receivers. Romero led these receivers, totaling 111 yards and 1 touchdown in eight receptions.
John Flowers led the Grizzlies defensively registering 7 tackles. Derek Mathiason had the lone sack for ASU. Ryan Holland, Demari Reynolds, and Wesley Brandon each came away with an interception in the game.
Saturday’s contest was the final game for the 16 seniors on ASU’s roster this year. It was also the final game for head coach Marty Heaton.
Following the close of the season, four Grizzlies earned All-RMAC accolades. Brooks earned an All-Conference 1st team selection, while Mathiason, Quincey Davison, and Connor Stevens each earned Honorable Mentions.