Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

Despite a difficult schedule, Aggie Football wants to finish strong

By Dave Burge

New Mexico State University doesn’t look like a soccer team with a win.

The Aggies have been in most of their games and seem just a game or two away from a few more wins.

Saturday November 6th was a well-known story as the NMSU led Utah state visit 10-0 after the first quarter and 13-7 at halftime, before losing 35-13.

This dropped the Aggies to 1-8 with street games against Alabama and Kentucky and their home final on November 27 against the University of Massachusetts.

“We’re right there,” said starting quarterback Jonah Johnson during a post-practice interview on Thursday before the game in Utah.

“Sometimes one game makes a difference in the game, and pretty much all of our games haven’t gone our way,” Johnson continued

“We’re a good team,” said the junior quarterback from Madera, California. “We just have to learn how to finish four quarters as a team and play.”

Despite the disappointing season, NMSU continues to train and play hard and maintain a positive attitude. After watching them train, they don’t seem to want to give up the season or each other.

Redshirt Senior Offensive Lineman Sage Doxtater says they look forward to playing against Alabama, one of the best teams in college football for the past 15 years or so. Kick-off is scheduled for November 13th at 10am Mountain Time and the game can be watched on the SEC Network.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity,” said Doxtater also on Thursday before the game in Utah.

Doxtater of London, Ontario, Canada says they are determined to end a disappointing season by doing their best.

“Obviously it didn’t go the way we wanted it to,” said Doxtater. “A bowl game was our expectation. That obviously didn’t happen. On the positive side, we’re getting better from game to game. We don’t look like a one-win team. “

Second year defender Syrus Dumas also said after Thursday’s practice session that no matter who they have on the schedule, they will continue to play hard and try to end the season on a positive note.

“We just have to finish games,” said Dumas, who is from Columbus, Mississippi. “We work so hard. I love these guys. I love this team. I love the coaching team. We’ll just keep pushing. San Jose State, we got close. We were close at the (second) Hawaii game. In most games we were three or four games away from winning. That’s fine. We will continue to work. “

Dumas said he was looking forward to playing against Alabama too.

He said he knows some players on the Alabama team, has some friends who go to school there, and will have a family at Bryant Denny Stadium to watch him play.

“It doesn’t matter who it is,” said Dumas. “I go to war with my boys every Saturday. It doesn’t matter the record. “

Redshirt newcomer running back Juwaun Price agrees that the team wants to end the season strong and “put someone on the record”.

“We know we can’t get what we want (go into one bowl), but we want to break into someone else’s season,” said Price, who is from Peoria, Arizona.

Price and others who return next year hope a solid finish carries over to next year.

“Be ready,” he said.

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