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Colorado Mesa Preps Conference Opener Against No. 21 Chadron St.

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Updated: Mon, 20 Jan 2014 07:51:31 MST

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.-For the first time in the Russ Martin era at CMU, the Mavericks won their home opener, shutting out NAIA school, Menlo College, 34-0, to open the 2013 season. “I think that was the first home opener we’ve won since 2007… so to come out and do that was huge-it builds momentum going into conference play and it really shows what we can do,” said Jr. Runningback, Jake Cimolino. Pre-season RMAC selection, Jake Cimolino, rushed for 120 yards and scored two touchdowns in the win while redshirt freshman Kyle Duran completed 16 of 29 passes for 142 yards in one of the best offensive performances under Martin. “I just told them, let’s make sure we get out and win this first game,” said Head Coach, Russ Martin. “It was great to have that kind of performance. It was a great crowd that night and a great atmosphere for football.” In week two, the Mavericks were tested by one of the biggest powers on the FBS Division 1 level in Montana State… CMU was held scoreless but held the number three offense in the Sub-Bowl Division to less than 30 points, which has head coach martin very excited heading into the conference opener against Chadron State. “I think our players understand that we can compete…so our expectation is that we can go up there and we expect to compete very well and we expect to win a football game and be 1-0 in the conference.” This game has extra meaning for this CMU coaching staff. Martin was a player and coach there, while four other CMU assistants have previous ties to the Chadron program, that they say gives them the advantage… and hopefully the edge to put the Mavericks in the win column.
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