Thursday, March 11, 2010

Pygmies Rebound Vs. UNM

By Dave Wheelock
For the Mountain Mail

One week after a 64-7 loss in Denver to the Colorado School of Mines, a full strength U.S. Collegiate Division II New Mexico Tech outgunned Division I University of New Mexico 43-33 at home Saturday.
Tech’s eight forwards overcame first-half difficulties gaining ball possession to unleash a second-half attack the Lobos could not match.
Fly half Royce Beaudry touched down a try in each half while flanker and fellow captain Jerod Aragon signaled his return from injury with two five-pointers. UNM speedster fullback Udzi Nare notched three tries to help keep the visitors within range for most of the match.
At 25 minutes Beaudry converted his own try for a 12-5 lead after following up fullback Isaiah Sanchez’s well-weighted kick behind the UNM defense. Nare countered three minutes later with a blistering run to even the scores before outside center Marshal Spradley gave the home team a 19-12 halftime lead with a 50 meter intercept try.
Tech’s forwards, led by Aragon, Max Crowning, and Graham Payne, began to assert themselves with increased ball control and play increasingly gravitated toward the UNM end of the pitch. Tech number eight Graham Payne stole a botched lineout throw and drove ahead to begin an irresistible surge ahead by his fellow forwards. First-year flanker Jacob Smith nearly scored from a powerful run and Aragon was there again to finish the try. Beaudry’s long kick was true from a difficult angle and UNM was 38-19 adrift with 25 minutes to play.
But Udzi Nare revived Lobo spirits with a superlative kick and chase to bring matters to 38-26 and soon after scrumhalf Trevor Morris made a sensational pass between his legs to set Wisdom loose to score on the outside. Suddenly clinging to a precarious 38-33 lead, Dustin Webb, who made a pressure pass count for Beaudry to touch down. Webb's conversion attempt was unsuccessful but Tech had all they needed for the 43-33 win.

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