Posted: Sep 10, 2011 10:46 PM by Jordan Mason
Updated: Sep 11, 2011 8:44 AM
PUEBLO, Co. (GoThunderWolves.com - Sept. 10, 2011) - Facing a potential trap game before conference play opens up, the CSU-Pueblo football team put its foot on the gas and never looked back as they blew past Northwest Oklahoma State 41-0.
The Pack got off to a fast start thanks to its defense starting on the opening drive. Facing a third down quarterback Kyle Jech was intercepted by Mark Sterling to set the Thunderwolves up on their own side of the field.
Unable to fully capitalize, the Pack had to settle for a 32-yard field goal by Kyle Major to go up 3-0.
After a short drive and a muffed punt by the Rangers, the Pack again found themselves deep in Ranger territory in a prime spot to capitalize. The Pack did just that three plays later when Ross Dausin found a wide-open Koby Wittek in the end zone to increase their lead 10-0.
The damage didn't stop their for the Rangers as they were unable to establish a drive, giving the ball right back to the Thunderwolves four plays later.
The Pack offense returned to the field before completely opening the floodgates when tailback Jesse Lewis rumbled to the endzone on a 56-yard rush for a score, putting the Pack ahead 17-0.
Playing in front of a stout defense, the Pack would add another 17 points in the second quarter to go up 34-0. Lewis found the endzone on two more occasions, once from the goal line and another from 3-yards out.
Kyle Major continued his hot streak nailing a 51-yard field goal to cap off the second quarter scoring.
In the first half, the offense also looked impressive scoring on each drive and losing possession only once off a fumbled punt return. The Rangers never threatened the defense, punting on all but two possessions, which ended in Pack interceptions. Even on the punts, returner Josh Sandoval made the Rangers pay, racking up a school record 122 punt return yards on five returns.
The ultimate result was a trap game that never was as CSU-Pueblo looked down the Rangers, which entered the game ranked 19th in the nation in NAIA.
Lee Meisner added his fifth career interception in the first quarter on an attempted screen pass.
Playing with mostly second stringers in the second half the Pack was able to keep Northwest Oklahoma out of the endzone.
Paul Browning added his first career touchdown reception in the fourth quarter off a 4-yard pass from Dausin.
The Pack will head out on the road for their first conference game against Adams State next Saturday night, the first ever home night game in Grizzlies' football history. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start time.