Aggies Prepared for a Good Match-up Against Adams State By Justine Gaskamp on 09/12/2013 Goodwell, Okla.—The OPSU Aggie football team will use the confidence gained in their win against Sterling College as fuel for this week's face-off with a tough Adams State team. Game time is set for 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14.
The Aggies brought in 454 total yards on offense against Sterling and the defense shut the Warriors out in three of four quarters. Adams State comes in with their own strong defense holding their opening opponent, Wayland Baptist, to just 59 yards on offense. The Aggies will need to rely on playmakers from the defensive side of the ball to shut down an efficient Grizzlies offense. Watch for Aggie corners Keidrick Brewster and Jamel Major to have their hands full against Taylor Schmidt and Denzel McCullum who had productive numbers last week. They will look to sophomore linebacker Tanner Hallford and junior LB Andrew Dougherty to continue their impressive efforts with 7 tackles each against Sterling, along with Isaia Vimoto and Nate Mathurin. On the defensive line junior transfer Glenn Bonner will be one to watch coming in to this week with 10 total tackles and 3 tackles for loss against the first two opponents.
The Aggies' offensive line will need to stand strong against the Grizzly defense who came out of last week with 12 sacks for negative 70 yards against Wayland. Leading the way for Adams were Dylan Flannery and Valentino Dress with 2.5 and 3 sacks respectively. Aggies quarterback Caleb Holbrook is already feeling more confident in his second year and looks to improve on his 264 total passing yards. Watch for Holbrook to connect with junior wide receiver Tim Hollingshed and sophomore Rickey Backstrom who have been reliable sources in the past two games. J.B. Frontz and freshman Jacob Jandt hope to make an impact at the tight end position as well.
Special teams could prove to be a deciding force this week and with proven veterans senior kicker Carlos Nieto and senior punter Antonio Mendoza, the Aggies have a good chance to come out ahead. Running back Chris McClendon may also be a force for the Grizzlies to reckon with in the punt return area.
Coach Russell Gaskamp feels that this game will be a good barometer on where the team stands and will be a good test of character and determination. The Aggies will need to play with emotion and intensity for four full quarters and maintain composure throughout the game.
Coach Gas also mentioned how great last week's crowd was and would like to see the stands full of rowdy Aggie fans again this week. Don't forget to come early and bring your chairs for free entrance into the Mazzio's Zone where the rowdiest fans receive free pizza from Mazzio's after the first quarter.