**For Immediate Release**
Aggies Drop Final Home Football Game
-by Scott Puryear of Aggie Sports on 11-05-06
Goodwell, Okla. — Adams State College visited Oklahoma Panhandle State University on Saturday and scored 21 first quarter points on the way to a 55-7 victory over the Aggies. It was the final home contest of the season for OPSU and the game was sponsored by Tri-County Electric Cooperative.
Just before the opening kick-off, school president Dave Bryant and football coach Kyle Davis recognized the senior OPSU players. These honored were: Hershell Alfred, Nick Curry, David Daniels, Ranoaldo Davis, Desmond Evans, Andre Gumbs, Steve Jackson, Hal Rogers, and Jan Van Fredenberg.
The Grizzlies passed just eight times in the game and relied on an excellent pair of running backs (Oscar Murray and Tyree Walton) for most of their offensive punch. Walton ran a dozen times for 114 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns. Murray scored three times and totaled 167 yards in just nine carries.
Adams State held a 35-0 lead until near the three minute mark of the second quarter, when OPSU’s Daniels reeled off a sparkling 40-yard touchdown run. Ryan Brock followed with the point after, and Adams State took their 35-7 margin to the halftime break.
Representatives of Tri-County Electric were honored in a halftime ceremony for their strong partnerships in several areas with OPSU.
The Grizzlies picked up a touchdown in the third quarter and two more in the fourth for the final 55-7 total.
It was an old fashioned head knocking football game that saw only a total of 23 passes and both teams had their share of nice plays. In addition to Daniels’ scoring run, OPSU quarterback Craig Maynard had a nifty 35-yard dash.
Perhaps the wildest play of the game came in the second quarter, when the Grizzlies’ Tony Gibalski (in his own end zone) made a leaping grab of a missed Brock field goal attempt. Gibalski notched a 71-yard return before Brock himself made the touchdown saving tackle.
Daniels led the Aggie running attack with 76 yards in ten carries. Hard running freshman Justin O’Brien gained 40 hard earned yards up the middle in 16 attempts. Daniels also led the Aggies in receiving with 34 yards on two catches, one being a 23-yarder thrown by Brandon Warner.
Defensively for the Aggies, the freshman trio of Roman Ivanov, Nathan Edwards, and Ben Lane each had five solo tackles. Brad Setzer (another freshman) had four, as did Gumbs (playing in his final home game). Larry Thompson, another fine freshman, was in on three tackles and broke up two passes.
With the win, Adams State’s record went to 6-4, while the Aggies fell to 0-9. The final OPSU game of the season will be next Saturday in Portales against Eastern New Mexico.