**For Immediate Release**
Aggies End Football Season with Loss to ENMU
-by Scott Puryear of Aggie Sports on 11-11-06
Goodwell, Okla. — The Oklahoma Panhandle State football team was in Portales on Saturday to play Eastern New Mexico and scored on their first possession to take an early 7-0 lead. However, the Greyhounds came back behind a strong running attack and took the victory, 63-14.
The Aggies drew first blood within five minutes with an excellent ten-play, 80-yard drive topped off by David Daniels’ 12-yard touchdown run. The rugged Daniels, playing in his final game as an Aggie, found the end zone again in the second quarter after taking a screen pass from Craig Maynard and sprinting 63 yards for a touchdown.
However, Daniels’ two touchdowns were not enough and the Greyhounds went to the halftime break ahead 49-14.
The Greyhounds picked up 506 years rushing in the contest and their junior quarterback, Michael Benton, ran for three touchdowns and picked up 126 rushing yards himself. Saturday’s total put Benton over the 1,000 rushing mark for the second consecutive season.
At the end of the day, and in the season finale for both teams, the Greyhounds had the win and upped their season record to 3-7. The loss put the OPSU season record at 0-10.
The hard working Daniels, from Duncanville, Texas, has made a solid contribution to OPSU for the last four seasons and led the Aggies in rushing on Saturday with 53 yards on just nine carries. Typical of the Daniels work ethic - normally a running back, the 5’9, 180-pounder played a good deal of the game at fullback, due to injuries to other players. He also led the Aggie receivers with two grabs for 64 yards.
Maynard passed for five completions in 16 attempts for a 114-yard total to go along with his TD toss to Daniels. Steve Jackson, another hard-working senior, caught a pair of Maynard passes for 41 yards.
Defensively for the Aggies, senior Andre Gumbs was in on several big hits from his linebacker position. Gumbs, who has had an excellent four year career as an Aggie, was in on a dozen tackles, eight of them solos. Nathan Edwards was in on seven stops and Nathan Barclay and Ben Lane were each in on six.