C.H.A.M.P.S Heart of Texas Bowl
The Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds (6-6) played this past weekend in the C.H.A.M.P.S Heart of Texas Bowl against Arkansas Tech University (9-3). The Hounds, going into the competition with a winning record, went into the game with an emphasis on playing "Greyhound" football. They were down a handful of key players due to injuries, including junior linebacker Lawrence Hall. Hall is out with a torn ACL/Meniscus but will be returning for the Greyhounds next season. The Hounds seemed determined and focused on playing hard and as a team. They lost the game, with a score of 51 to 35, but the end score doesn't tell the tale of the game. The Hounds finished the game playing hard all the way through the last tic on the clock.
The game was a bit different for the Hounds offense, with it being the most they've had senior QB Jeremy Buurma throw the ball all season. Along with a season high for the team, Buurma recorded a season high in passing yards, with 255, and a season high of 3 passing touchdowns. With this Buurma left his college career as an MVP of the game. He passed the ball 24 times and completed 13 of those 24.
Despite the great effort and heart from the Hounds they found themselves down in the game and just couldn't get the game back into their hands.
Another Greyhound athlete to mention would be Kamal Cass. Cass had a good outing recording 171 yards on 35 carries scoring 2 touchdowns. His play in the second half kept Eastern in the game, while also showing that there is a future for Greyhound football.
"We needed to come out more energetic and focused in the first half! We gave up too many big plays including a safety. It's hard for a lot of teams to close a 16 point gap," said sophomore tackle, Isaiah Talbert.
The Hounds may have had a slow start but they showed that they could stay strong and finish a game through. Showing great upside and potential for next year’s Greyhound football program. Some young faces showed promise and light for the team to come. Greyhound football left this bowl game with memories that these young men will never forget and goals that the players returning can strive for.