Let’s face it, for the most part, Boulder County is Buffaloes country. It’s just natural to root for the backyard Colorado Buffs when it comes to college football.
But there’s another Colorado team that we should be getting behind, not only because it might be the best football team in the state. Colorado State-Pueblo has six BoCo athletes in the program this year, and the ThunderWolves are making a push to be the No. 1-ranked team in Division II after its most impressive win in its young history this past weekend.
CSU-Pueblo went on the road to a ranked FCS team and won — BY 26 POINTS! The ThunderWolves were too much for Sam Houston State, which was ranked 15th in the nation at that level, in a 47-21 beatdown. It broke a 23-game home winning streak for SHSU while extending a 39-game regular season win streak for CSUP.
I’ll spare you the details of the game, but it is cool to see a lot of Colorado kids building John Wristen’s program, which just started six years ago after a long hiatus.
There are 80 Colorado natives on the roster including true freshmen. Among them are sophomore Trace Gray (Silver Creek), sophomore Wesley Bennett (Longmont Christian), redshirt freshman Corbin Feenstra (Monarch), senior Scotland Coyle (Longmont), true freshman tight end Michael Wristen (Broomfield) and true freshman safety River Addison (Boulder).
The ThunderWolves are looking for yet another Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship (and then some…) and they’ll begin conference play this Saturday against Western State. On Oct. 25, they’ll be at the North Area Athletic Complex taking on Colorado Mines.
Definitely a team worth keeping tabs on in 2014.
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