Road trip ends with another win for Mavs
The Mesa State College football team rolled to another victory on the road Saturday, defeating Fort Lewis 38-7.
The Mavericks (3-2, 3-0 RMAC) have outscored their opponents 89-14 in two road wins this season.
Mesa State hosts Colorado School of Mines (3-2, 3-0 RMAC) in a battle to keep up with Nebraska-Kearney (4-1, 3-0 RMAC) atop the RMAC standings at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Stocker Stadium.
Mesa State quarterback Robert Felberg completed 14 of 19 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns. Fellow redshirt freshman quarterback Michael Mankoff played in his first college game, entering in the third quarter, completing 5 of 12 passes for 44 yards.
Justin Murray caught five passes for 107 yards and one touchdown. Joey Applehans and Will Halboth combined to rush for 109 yards and two touchdowns.
The Mavericks’ defense limited Fort Lewis to 255 yards of total offense and 27 rushing yards.
Bennett Newton led Mesa with 14 tackles. Aaron Silverthorn had nine tackles after missing two games with a knee injury.
Mesa forced four turnovers and turned them into 14 points.
The Skyhawks fumbled on their first possession of the game, giving Mesa the ball on its own 30. Eight plays later, Halboth scored on a 4-yard run for a 7-0 lead.
The Mavericks scored on their next three possessions to take a 24-7 lead into halftime.
Applehans scored on a 4-yard run late in the first quarter and Felberg completed a 57-yard touchdown pass to Griffin Chernoff early in the second quarter to put Mesa up 21-7.
Michael Sweeney added a 33-yard field goal midway through the second quarter.
Mesa’s defense provided the spark to start the second half, forcing Fort Lewis quarterback Tim Jenkins to fumble.
Defensive end Nainoa Campbell picked up the fumble and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown and a 31-7 lead on the Skyhawks’ first possession of the third quarter.
The Mesa defense forced a three-and-out and the Mavs took advantage of good field position, going 54 yards for another touchdown. Felberg was 3 for 3 on that drive, including 12-yard pass to Murray for the score.
The Skyhawks nearly scored in the fourth quarter, moving the ball to the Mesa 6-yard line, but Campbell sacked backup quarterback Justin Peters on fourth-and-goal.