PORTALES — Although it doesn’t count on their official record, it’s a lot better to come home after a long road trip with a win than the other alternative.
Eastern New Mexico University’s football team made enough plays on Friday afternoon to get out of Colorado Springs with a 42-35 victory over the Air Force junior varsity in a exhibition game played at the school’s main 47,000-seat facility.
“We went down there not knowing what to expect,” second-year ENMU coach Josh Lynn said Monday. “They’re a pretty good football team.”
The Greyhounds built a three-touchdown lead in the third quarter, then got a late TD run from junior Cameron Mikell, his second of the game, to nail down the win after the Falcons pulled even.
Lynn said he scheduled the contest with the idea of giving the Hounds (officially still 1-1) an 11th game.
“It was a good game for us, but a hard game to play at 2 o’clock,” he said. “ Their kids play hard; they never quit.”
A fumble on a pitch play helped the Falcons mount a comeback, Lynn said. “I think we could’ve put them away if we could’ve gotten one more score,” he said.
No official statistics were kept by the academy. ENMU planned to get stats from the game this week off film, but Lynn noted that the team had freshman wide receiver Anthony Johnson, a Colorado Springs native, with four catches for 42 yards and running back Jordan Wells with 131 yards on 16 carries.
“Offensively, we played great,” he said. The one downside, though, was the team’s three turnovers, giving them nine through three games this season and matching last year’s season total.
Lynn said Wells tweaked a knee in the game, but should be all right for Saturday’s 5 p.m. contest in San Antonio against former Lone Star Conference member Incarnate Word, transitioning this year to the FCS (formerly Division I-AA) level.
Junior outside linebacker Ben Langford sustained a concussion in the game and is “day-to-day” for this week, Lynn said.