Eastern New Mexico University football coach Josh Lynn has little idea of what to expect when the Greyhounds face the Air Force junior varsity in a 2 p.m. contest today in Colorado Springs, Colo.
To get a feel for what his team might see, he said he’s watched tapes of the Falcons’ varsity squad. While coaching at New Mexico Military Institute at Roswell, Lynn’s teams played both AFA sub-varsity programs — the junior varsity and Air Force Prep.
“I’m just trying to get a feel for what they’re doing offensively and defensively,” Lynn said. “You really don’t know what to expect.
“I’ll tell you what you can expect — you’re going to play 50 valedictorians, and they’re going to play hard.”
Lynn said he scheduled the game — which is not recognized by the NCAA because it’s against a JV opponent — to give the Hounds (1-1) an 11th game.
“I think it’s a good game for us to play,” he said. “We’re a young team and we needed another game.”
He said the JV squad (2-0) will consist primarily of varsity players who see little or no action at that level. The idea being to give them some game experience.
“The bottom line is we’re playing Division I athletes,” he said. “We’ve got to go up there and be able to handle our business.”
He’s not worried that a win won’t go on the team’s record.
“It counts to us,” he said. “It counts towards recruiting. This game definitely means something to us.”
The game will be played in the school’s 47,000-seat, 51-year-old main stadium.
“Getting to play in that venue is a plus for our kids,” Lynn said.
The Hounds will be without sophomore running back Andy Lopez, who scored three touchdowns against Sul Ross State but left the contest with a knee injury. Lynn said he’s not sure how much time Lopez, from Odessa, Texas, might miss.
At the same time, the Hounds are hopeful senior fullback Christian Long (knee), a projected starter in preseason, will be able to go for the first time this fall. “ We’re just going to play it day-by-day,” Lynn said.
ENMU (1-1) at Air Force JV (2-0)
2 p.m.Friday at Colorado Springs, Colo.
• Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9.
• Coaches: ENMU, Josh Lynn, 2nd year, 5-9; Air Force JV, Steve Pipes, n/a.
• Last meeting: The teams have never played each other.
• Last week: ENMU beat Sul Ross State 55-24 in the Lone Star Conference’s Football Festival at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas; the Falcons have won twice, but results were not available.
• Notes: The game, an exhibition for ENMU, will be played in Falcon Stadium. The Air Force JV played its first two games at the school’s freshman facility, and will play its final four in the main stadium. … AFA has two sub-varsity programs. The JV team consists of players not likely to play much on the varsity, ranging from freshman through senior, while Air Force Prep is made up of freshmen and is similar to a junior college program except it does not include sophomores. … Pipes also serves as a varsity assistant. The varsity is scheduled to host Wyoming in an 8:15 p.m. Mountain West Conference clash on Sunday, the 51st anniversary of Falcon Stadium’s debut. … ENMU plays at former LSC member Incarnate Word next week before opening its LSC slate at home on Oct. 5 against Tarleton State.
— Compiled by Dave Wagner