Posted: Sep 24, 2011 10:35 PM by Jordan Mason
Updated: Sep 25, 2011 7:14 AM
PUEBLO, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com - Sept. 24, 2011) - total team effort can be described as the reason the CSU-Pueblo football team routed Fort Lewis 47-0. The Pack was able to score touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams in the win on homecoming weekend.
The defense played strong the whole game only allowing 178 yards of offense and putting an end to any doubt from the get go making the Skyhawks go three and out on their first drive.
After driving to the red zone on the first drive the ThunderWolves would have to settle for a field goal to go up 3-0.
Another three and out by the Skyhawks allowed the Pack to capitalize on their next drive. After a series of completions by Ross Dausin , tailback Jesse Lewis was able to score from 10 yards out to go up 10-0.
Fort Lewis again would falter on offense and the ThunderWolves would take full advantage of the offensive woes. On the ensuing Skyhawk punt, Anthony Marshall was able to break through the line to block the punt and recover the ball for a touchdown.
After a Kyle Major field goal, Stephan Dickens got in the action late in the second quarter when he jumped in front of a Tim Jenkins pass that he took to the house for a touchdown.
The Skyhawks were threatening to score as the first half came to a close but a field goal was blocked by Jason Campbell to end any hope by Fort Lewis.
The starters played sparingly in the second half but after two field goals, the special teams struck again.
Making up for a fumble lost in the first half, Josh Sandoval completely redeemed himself when he was able to break a 77-yard punt return for a touchdown in the third quarter. The return also put Sandoval in the record books with him becoming the leading punt returner in school history for a career and a season. He broke the career record held by Alan Webster and the single season record held by Markus Turner.
Sandoval also finished the game with 105 yards receiving on six receptions, his first 100-yard game as a ThunderWolf. It is a feat that hasn't happened since last season, when current ThunderWolf coach Bernard Jackson achieved the feat.
The Pack would score once more on a rush from J.B. Mathews who scored from five yards out.
With the win CSU-Pueblo is now on an eight-game winning streak which is tied for the longest in the nation for Division II football.
Major continued his spectacular season going 4-for-4 in field goal attempts. He is now 12-for-13 on field goal attempts this season, his only miss being a 61-yarder. He will likely be the national leader in field goals after this weekend's slate of games in completed.
The Pack are now 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The team travels to play Chadron State next Saturday with the game scheduled for a 1 p.m. kickoff.