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Dominant second half propels Adams past Fort Lewis

Grizzlies win 52-17
Fort Lewis College wide receiver Christopher Thomas Jr. celebrates with his teammates after snagging his first collegiate touchdown on Saturday against Adams State University at FLC. (Courtesy)

While the offense was able to score 17 points, the most since Nov. 13, 2021, the Fort Lewis College football team couldn’t get the stops it needed on defense and fell to Adams State University 52-17 on Saturday.

The Skyhawks are now 0-3 overall, 0-2 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference while Adams improved to 1-3, 1-1.

“Today I feel like the final score, 52-17, isn't really an indication of how this game could have played out,” head coach Johnny Cox said. “I feel like we had some great opportunities, we just don't take advantage of the momentum. That's a huge part of the game, we've got so much energy on our sidelines. Our kids are good, if we can just get things rolling, we can really take advantage of those situations. Each week has been progress and we have to continue that throughout the season.”

It was a tight matchup in the opening quarter as both teams exchanged effective drives. Adams State took the opening possession 75-yards, nabbing a touchdown on a 20-yard pass from Marckell Grayson to Kentrell Petite.

Fort Lewis College wide receiver Christopher Thomas Jr. catches a 20-yard touchdown pass on Saturday against Adams State University at FLC. (Courtesy)

Fort Lewis matched the Grizzlies with a 75-yard drive of its own, tying the game on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Braden Wingle to Christopher Thomas Jr. The TD was the first of Thomas’ collegiate career.

ASU continued to attack and scored a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter on a one-yard rush from Daylen Boddie and a 40-yard reception from Dequan Hopkins.

Hunter Villavicencio drained a 42-yard field goal to put Fort Lewis into double digits, but Fort Lewis trailed 24-10 at halftime.

The Grizzlies put up 14 points in the third and fourth quarters while Fort Lewis only scored once in the second half. Wingle connected with tight end Zach Russell who dove to the pylon to secure a nine-yard touchdown.

Unable to contain the Grizzlies offense Fort Lewis fell to Adams State 52-17.

FLC will next play at Colorado State University Pueblo at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1.

Fort Lewis College quarterback Braden Wingle drops back to pass while playing Adams State University on Saturday at FLC. (Courtesy)
Adams State pressures Fort Lewis College quarterback Braden Wingle on Saturday at FLC. (Courtesy)