Playmakers in WTAMU bounce back win against Western New Mexico


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Buffaloes gather to plan their next play.

The West Texas A&M University Buffaloes were able to come back home and avenge their previous loss on the road. The Buffs were able to defeat Western New Mexico University with a score of 42-14. This is yet again a win which came in dominating fashion for the second time this season. Even though this was once again a full team effort there were a few specific players from certain positional groups.

First, we start out with the wide receiver group with Noah Bogardus, junior wide receiver. Bogardus caught two passes for 91 yards and one touchdown score. He was specifically able to make his presence known deep down the field. He had a long touchdown pass of 82 yards. His touchdown reception is what put the Buffaloes up by a third score making it 21 to zero. I was able to ask Coach Christian Lemay, who oversees the wide receivers about the deep ball catching during the game.

“For the first time this season the guys went and attacked the football. They went after it and didn’t wait on it and made some catches we haven’t in the first two games. Instead of catching it and falling or allowing ourselves to be tackled we made the catch and made a man miss and that turned into bigger plays,” Lemay said.

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Next is the leader of the team and the offense Nick Gerber, junior quarterback. Gerber had over 300 yards passing in the game with 355. Gerber was able to put the Buffaloes on the board with three passing touchdowns. He was also able to remain mistake free in terms of turnovers as he ended the game with zero interceptions. This is Gerber’s second game this season with no interceptions thrown. Gerber is 28th ranked in the country for division two football in passing yards via National College Athletic Association.

Lastly, but certainly not least we go to the defensive side of the ball to J.T. Cavender, freshman inside linebacker. Cavender is one of, if not the hardest hitter on the defense and has quite the pursuit ability to the football. He flew all across the field racking up 10 solo tackles of his own with two assisted tackles. He is the one to ensure yards after the catch does not happen against the Buffalo defense. Hunter Hughs, Head Coach was able to give insight on Cavender’s performance.

“I think that the way he plays and runs to the ball, he has no fear of going into people as he pursues. It’s big for us, he’s an undersized guy but makes up for it through his speed,” Hughes said.

Next, the Buffs play Colorado School of Mines, whom are ranked fifth in the nation for division two football.