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Penalty dooms Grizzlies in Musket Game

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 6th, 2013

Photo by Tim Mouser Adams State running back Justin Kauffman takes to the air after he is flipped by a FLC defender,

Courier Sports Editor

DURANGO—For the first time since 2010, the Fort Lewis Skyhawks celebrated after a football game by shooting off blanks from a Springfield .45-70 rifle on Saturday as they were able to nail a 24-yard field goal after a penalty allowed an untimed down to win the traveling Musket Trophy at Ray Dennison Memorial Field. The Skyhawks defeated the Adams State University Grizzlies, 27-24.

The win was Fort Lewis’ (4-5 overall, 3-4 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) first home win of the trophy since 1996. The game, which has been a tradition between the two squads since 1966.

Adams State (6-3, 4-3 RMAC) actually came back from a 10-point halftime deficit to take a 17-10 lead entering the fourth quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the Skyhawks battled back as this week’s RMAC Special Teams Player of the Week Kipp Castanha hit a 35-yard field goal to close the gap to 17-13. Almost seven minutes later, Castanha was able to hit another field goal, this one from 27 yards pit to make the score 17-16.

The Grizzlies were quickly forced into a three-and-out by the Skyhawk defense to force a punt to the 50-yardline. After a quick 5-yard run Amery Duncan broke loose for a 45 yard touchdown with the clock showing 4:16. FLC Head Coach John L. Smith then elected to go for two points to make it a touchdown lead, 24-17.

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