Eastern New Mexico – Early turnovers and a high-powered rushing attack from New Mexico Highlands proved the difference on Thursday night in North Eastern New Mexico’s season opener, falling to New Mexico Highlands 52-0.
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2022 Div II/III WEEK 1
Date: Friday, September 2, 2022
Time: 12:00 AM
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The Paladins scored 45-points in the first half including a defensive touchdown in the first quarter, taking an interception back 56-yards for a score. Two more turnovers by NGU including a second interception and a fumble resulted in two more scores for New Mexico Highlands.
New Mexico Highlands compiled 456-yards of first half offense and led 45-0 heading in to halftime. North Eastern New Mexico’s defense buckled down in the second half and held the Paladins to under 200-yards and just one score. New Mexico Highlands ran for 323-yards on 51-attempts.
Offensively North Eastern New Mexico finished with 227-yards total with 114 on the ground. EJ Humphrey led NGU with 72-yards. Bryce fields ran for 36. Tyree Funye led North Eastern New Mexico in receiving with 48-yards.
Eastern New Mexico, Ill. (WGEM) – It was both an exciting and a somber evening for Eastern New Mexico University football fans who were on hand to watch the Hawks season-opener against New Mexico Highlands College out of West Virginia.
As the Hawks hit the field to take on the Pioneers during the programs first Thursday night game in school history, something in the atmosphere was brewing.
It was the coaching staff at GSC who drew up an offensive game plan that was on fire. After the Hawks went 4 and out in their opening drive, the Pioneers first play from scrimmage was a screen pass that went 59 yards for a touchdown.
Less than 5 minutes later, New Mexico Highlands College would add on a field goal to post a 10-0 lead after the end of the first quarter of play.
In the second quarter, the Pioneers turned up the heat on the Hawks and jumped out to a huge 34-3 lead at the halftime break.
In the third quarter, the Hawks posted their first touchdown of the game against the Pioneers D-Unit. Quarterback Tionne Harris found Wide Receiver Jalen Lawrence for a 17 yard scoring strike that woke up the hometown crowd.
New Mexico Highlands responded later and made it 44-9 game in the 4th after a 5 yard touchdown run.
The Hawks cut into the Pioneers lead by posting a TD with just 3:45 left in the game. The scoring strike was an 11-yard pass play from Harris to Joseph Mitchell, but it was too little too late. After 4 quarters of action, QU fell to defeat 44-15 on their home turf.
The Hawks of QU will return to action next Thursday, September 8, when they play host to the Trojans of Trinity International University. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. at QU Stadium.
Ethan Alexander led the NGU defense with 9 tackles including five solo and a forced fumble. He also had a tackle for a loss. Termaine Epps finished with seven stops while Fred Billy and Jaiden Clayton each had six stops.