Adams State fires the gun

Grizzlies rout Skyhawks in Musket Game

Adams State, fire when ready.

For the second consecutive year, the Grizzlies picked up a victory in the annual Musket Game, dropping the Fort Lewis College football team 55-9 on Saturday in Alamosa.

As the 46-year-old tradition holds, the Grizzlies will fire the Springfield .45-70 military-issue rifle on their Alamosa gridiron, then will store the relic until next year’s rivalry game.

The Skyhawks (0-8, 0-7 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) grabbed the early lead on a 2-yard touchdown run by quarterback Cougar Beaubien, who started in place of the injured Tim Jenkins and split time with Jason Fitzpatrick at QB, to go up 7-0 in the first quarter.

They fell behind 16-7 but got back within a touchdown on a safety early in the second quarter. But from then on, it was all Grizzlies (6-3, 4-3 RMAC).

“It’s not like we threw them (the backup quarterbacks) in against a defense that plays cover-2 or cover-3 all day long. They come at you from all angles,” FLC head coach Cesar Rivas-Sandoval said.

Leading 16-9, Adams State rolled off 39 consecutive points as the Skyhawks turned the ball over six times Saturday.

Justin Juda led the scoring attack for the Grizzlies, rumbling for three rushing touchdowns, while Chaz Butler ran for 103 yards on just 10 carries.

David Van Voris, Derek Mathiason and Thomas Newton had fumble returns for touchdowns of 68, 20 and 68 yards, respectively.

“Oh, God, it was awful,” Rivas said. “Every time we started to move the football or our defense put us in a good position, we handed the ball back to them, literally.

“They scoop and score, and I’ve never seen anything like that before in my life.”

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