CSU-Pueblo ThunderWolves Football: Playoffs calling after win at Chandron State
For the Colorado State University-Pueblo ThunderWolves, a win last Saturday would prove to be big for this school. Not to mention, it would mean a share of the 2017 RMAC Championship and a trip to the DII Playoffs. It would also mean that the ThunderWolves completed the four-game win streak needed to even be considered. The Pack did just that. The CSU-Pueblo ThunderWolves went into Chadron State and dominated the Eagles. Here is how they did it.
The defense of the CSU-Pueblo ThunderWolves has been on point during this current win streak. We stated in our weekly keys that the Pack would need a solid defensive performance especially from the secondary. As a matter of fact, the ThunderWolves got that on Saturday. For example, CSC averaged 250 yards per game in the air. Specifically, CSU-Pueblo dominated by only allowing the Eagles to have 170 yards passing.
The Pack also continued their intercepting ways with two more picks on the day. As a result of those two picks, the Pack now has 21 INTs on the season.
The CSU-Pueblo offense continued to dominate their opponents on the ground. Junior RB Marché Dennard was the workhorse once again. In fact, he finished the game with 110 yards on 25 carries. Furthermore, along with those 110 yards, Dennard had 2 TDs. Additionally, with his performance on Saturday, Dennard eclipsed the 1,000 Yard mark. Thus, he ranks 47th in the country heading into the playoffs.
One thing that could derail the CSU-Pueblo ThunderWolves is penalties. Saturday the Pack obtained 21 penalties. Yes, you read that right – 21 penalties! This cannot happen in the playoffs. Especially since the ThunderWolves will come across much better competition in the coming weeks. Having a high number of penalties could be harmful to future endeavors.
If the CSU-Pueblo ThunderWolves can continue to dominate their opponents with strong defensive play, they could make some noise in the tournament. The age-old saying is “Defense wins Championships!” That has been the motto of last four weeks.
CSU-Pueblo ThunderWolves Leaders
Rex Dausin – 15-27, 159 Yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs
Marché Dennard – 25 carries, 110 Yards, 2 TDs
Ammon Johnson – 7 receptions, 59 yards, 1 TD
Emery Taylor – 1 INT, 0 Yards
Tanner Draper – 1 INT, 35 Yards
Jamaal Sears – 7 Tackles, 4 Solo, 3 Assists
Next up for the ThunderWolves is the first round of the DII Playoffs. They will travel to Minnesota to take on the Minnesota State University, Mankato Mavericks. The game is on Saturday, November 18 at 11 AM MST.
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