By Dave Wagner
CMI sports writer
Josh Lynn admitted to some concern after his Eastern New Mexico University football team fell behind by two scores against Sul Ross State early in the second quarter of Friday’s matchup at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The Greyhounds lost fumbles on their first two possessions, and Sul Ross opened a 12-0 lead with a pair of TDs in the first three minutes of the second quarter.
“You get down like that, and your offense is sputtering, you begin to wonder,” Lynn said on Saturday after the team returned from what turned into a dominating 55-24 win over the Lobos.
Junior running back Jordan Wells broke a 64-yard touchdown run to get the Hounds going, and they never looked back from there.
“You’d think playing in that big venue, you wouldn’t come out flat, but we did,” Lynn s aid. “We turned the ball over (early), and Sul Ross capitalized on it.”
In the end, though, the Hounds (1-1) simply had too much firepower. Wells rushed for 146 yards on just eight carries, while sophomore Andrew Lopez added 81 yards rushing and three TDs.
Lopez, though, sustained a knee injury during the game and is not expected to play in this Friday’s game against the Air Force junior varsity at Colorado Springs. How long he might be out, Lynn didn’t know, adding that he was to be examined today.
On the other side, senior running back Christian Long, the projected starter in preseason, is expected to be back after sitting out the first two games with a knee injury.
Lopez scored a pair of touchdowns late in the half to stake ENMU to a 20-12 halftime lead, but Lynn was concerned that the Hounds keep it going.
“We talked (at halftime) about how we can’t start (the second half) like we did the first quarter,” he said.
The Hounds responded with a touchdown drive following the second-half kickoff, also scored by Lopez. They finally put the Lobos (0-2) out of their misery with two touchdowns in the final six minutes.
Sul Ross posted 377 total yards against the Hounds, but committed six turnovers, including one which resulted in a 39-yard fumble return for a score by Benjamin Langford.
“Defensively, I thought we played pretty well,” Lynn said. “Any time you force six turnovers and score off one of them, that’s pretty good.”
The Hounds will be facing probably the No. 3 and 4s on the Air Force varsity in Friday’s game in Colorado Springs, and it will include a mix of freshmen through seniors. Lynn said it won’t be an easy game.
“Their kids come out and play extremely hard,” he said. “It’s kind of the nature of the kids they produce.”