Dixie State Football Ends Season By Visiting Adams State

Dixie State Football Ends Season By Visiting Adams State

ALAMOSA, Colo.-Saturday, Dixie State football concludes its 2018 campaign by visiting Adams State to battle the Grizzlies in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play.

The 6-4 (6-3) Trailblazers are tied 4-4 all-time against the Grizzlies, but only 1-3 at Alamosa, Colo. where this game will be.

The Grizzlies boast the best passing offense in NCAA Division II as they amass 337.7 yards per game in the air.

Adams State is led by star signal-caller Nick Rooney, who has completed 237 of 378 passes (62.7 percent) for 2,755 yards, 30 TD’s/11 INT’s. Rooney is 11th nationally in passing yards and his 30 scoring tosses are third nationally.

Rooney’s best receiver is Chad Hovasse who is first nationally with 19 scoring receptions while his 99 catches rank second in the RMAC. He is also second in the nation in receiving yards with 1,268 yards.

The Grizzlies’ leading tailback is Tyree Harris, who ranks 18th nationally with 1,078 yards and he has also added 10 rushing scores on the season.

Defensively, however, is where the Grizzlies have struggled. Adams State comes into this game with a record of 4-6 (4-5 in RMAC play) primarily because the Grizzlies give up 51.9 points per game and 508.5 yards per contest.

With Trailblazers QB Michael Sanders coming into this game on a hot streak, having exceeded 500 passing yards in two of the past three games, the Dixie State offense should excel again.

After passing for a career-best 553 yards and five touchdowns in a 52-45 upset of Colorado School of Mines November 3, Sanders was named as the RMAC and D2football.com National Offensive Player of the Week. This was Dixie State’s first victory over a Top 10 opponent in the program’s NCAA Division II history.

Dixie State senior defensive lineman Remington Kelly, per a Wednesday announcement, was named to the RMAC Football All-Academic team for the second consecutive year, as he sports a 3.612 GPA.

The Trailblazers’ defense also leads the RMAC with 36 sacks on the season.

Trailblazers star tailback Sei-J Lauago is also only 52 yards away from surpassing DeJon Coleman as the leading rusher in school history. Lauago currently has 1,670 yards on the ground as he closes in on Coleman’s present record of 1,721 rushing yards.