By JJ Gerlach | firstname.lastname@example.org
ADAMS State let a golden opportunity slip away in a 23-21 loss to New Mexico Highlands Saturday night. The loss dropped Adams State to 1-2 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, while Highlands improved to 2-1.
Adams State is back in action Saturday against CSU-Pueblo. It’s Homecoming weekend, with a 1 p.m. kickoff. The hope was for Adams State to win at home against New Mexico Highlands and go into Homecoming Week with momentum to face longtime rival CSU-Pueblo.
“I was impressed with our guys’ effort, but we didn’t finish,” Adams State Head Coach Jarrell Harrison said of the loss.
Once again the Grizzlies started slow, falling behind 13-0 in the first quarter only to fight back to have a shot at the end.
A crucial sequence in the second half saw Adams State pull to within 16-14 on a 57-yard scoring strike to Elijah Harper, then stop Highlands in the next series on a crucial fourth down, but then throw an interception that led to a Highlands score which proved to be too much for a last try at a comeback.
NMHU quarterback Gage Guardiola completed nine of 13 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown. Quavon Beckford was on the receiving end of the scoring toss. He finished with a team-high six catches for 88 yards.
Adams State inducted its 2022 Hall of Fame Class at the half, while the Monte Vista High School marching band put on a performance.
The Grizzlies will stay at home next week, as they take on Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opponent CSU Pueblo at 1 p.m. Both teams are 1-2 in RMAC play. The Thunderwolves won last week against Fort Lewis.