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Lopers shake off slow start, dominate Adams State 44-6 for third straight RMAC win
Clayton Kush
Antelope Staff
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The UNK Football Team grabbed their third straight season victory and second in RMAC play Saturday with a win over Adams State in Alamosa, Colo. This win improves UNK’s record to 3-1 overall and a perfect 2-0 in RMAC play. 

The team might not have gotten off to the incredibly fast start they did a week earlier when they scored four first quarter touchdowns, but once the Lopers got it together, they were unstoppable. 

Starting the second quarter of play, the Lopers trailed Adams State 6-0. That lead was short lived though for the Grizzlies as wide receiver Kyle Kaiser received a 28 yard touchdown pass from Jake Spitzlberger early in the second quarter. From that point on, there was no looking back for Coach Morris’s Lopers as they outscored Adams State 44-0 in the last three quarters of the game. 

Jake Spitzlberger, who is having an outstanding year at quarterback, had another terrific game with 165 yards through the air and another 61 yards on the ground. He was very pleased with how the team had performed overall. 

“Our offensive line has really stepped up big, and that has been great for getting our running game going strong,” Spitzlberger said. 

It was a balanced attack for the offense as they accumulated 229 yards through the air and 210 yards on the ground, with running back Rustin Dring accounting for 113 of those rushing yards.  

The current three-game winning streak can be credited to more than just an explosion on the offensive side of the ball as the UNK defense gave up its lowest point total of the year against Adams State. The raised level of play on the defensive side of the football is felt by the Lopers, leading with the offensive side of the ball. “Our defense is playing lights out right now. It really helps out our offense when our defense is forcing our opponents to three and outs, and we are consistently starting our drives with great field position,” Spitzlberger said. 

The UNK Football Team puts their winning streak up to a huge test this weekend as they face Chadron State, ranked 16th team in Division II. Kickoff for this battle will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26 here in Kearney. This is the RMAC game of the week and will be televised on the channel Altitude. 

Despite UNK’s struggles against Chadron State in this past, this is a team that comes in with a lot of confidence and no one is more confident than Spitzlberger .“We match up well with Chadron State and a big area for us this week will be playing mentally sound football and not making mistakes.” 


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