New Mexico State football begins long road trip against Central Michigan


Anthony McKenna

The Aggies look to bounce back after dropping a third-straight winnable game last Saturday vs. Liberty.

The New Mexico State Aggie football team, still winless in 2019, travel to Mount Pleasant this weekend to face the 3-3 Central Michigan Chippewas to kick off the Aggie’s shockingly lengthy road stint, lasting well into the month of November.

After another mistake-filled loss last Saturday — this time to a fellow FBS Independent Liberty by a touchdown — the Aggies are turning the cheek and locking in their focus on what was going to be the more favorable half of their schedule all season long.

“It’s a whole new season now, its a six game season, let’s go see if we can get a winning season out of this — starting with this week,” head coach Doug Martin said. “This is a very good game for us. This part of the schedule… these last six games of our schedule are really fair.”

After a lowly one-win 2018 campaign, the Chippewas have been on the up-and-up this year, sitting at 3-3 half way through the season and carrying an undefeated home record into this weekend’s tilt.

“It will be a tough environment to play in. We certainly looking forward to the opportunity to get a win and get back on track here and I think our team will come out and prepare well this week,” Martin said.

The Aggies won’t need help getting motivated, especially on the defensive side of the ball, where NM State has played well enough to win a couple of games this season, according to Martin. Linebacker Javahn Fergurson and his squad are chomping at the bit to get a chance to show they’re ability in a winning effort.

“When your back’s against the wall, that’s the time a team is the most dangerous and I feel like we’re the most dangerous we’ve been… It keeps eating away at you, because you know you’re talented,” Fergurson said. “If we didn’t have the weapons, we wouldn’t be that hungry.”

CMU quarterback David Moore, who leads the team with five touchdowns and 1,143 passing yards in his four games on the season, was suspended this week after testing positive for use of a banned substance, so the turnover at the QB position will continue for the Chippewas, seeing as Moore was filling in after week one signal caller Quinten Dormady’s knee injury sidelined the senior in week two.

Central Michigan will likely have to rely on their running game, where the two-headed monster backfield of Jonathan Ward and Kobe Lewis lead the charge with 400 rushing yards, at an efficient 7.4 average yards per carry, for four touchdowns and 330 yards for five scores respectively.

Saturday’s contest at Central Michigan will be the first of three straight away games flooding into November, with the team’s first bye of the season following week seven.

“We’re really just hungry for that first win, that’s pretty much the mood and the goal right now,” Fergurson said. “Everyone’s hungry to see what they can do to get this first win.” 

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