- Posted November 30, 2013 by
National Title Hopes Fall with Loss to Grand Valley State
The Thunderwolves put themselves on the board early and by the half still held onto a lead over Grand Valley State. The Lakers had a few mishaps that kept them behind the Thunderwolves for the first half of the game but quickly answered in the second half. The Thunderwolves had a chance to win it but failed to bring the Thunder in the fourth quarter.
"I feel that the Pack did a great job not only in the season but in the game today. They held their own and fought hard but in the end couldn't defeat the defense of the Lakers. I look forward to next season when we will do it all over again, said CSU-Pueblo Student Dustin Cox."
The Thunderwolves didn't come to the end of the season empty handed but instead brought home several new and tied records this season. Along with the records, quarterback Chris Bonner concluded the year as the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference offensive player of the year. Bonner did however likely get a broken thumb out of today's game which may require surgery according to a release by the CSU-Pueblo Athletics Department.
In the 34-30 loss to Grand Valley today another great player to mention is Stephan Dickens who brought the Thunderwolves back with two interceptions and on consecutive Lakers possessions. Dickens worked hard today for his team and fans and will most likely do the same in his senior year next year. Many other players topped off the season with awards and recognition as well and kept the Pack spirit alive this season.
Tomorrow is a new day and will be the beginning to another great season as the Thunderwolves always end the season by going back to work preparing for the next one. The Thunderwolves were not able to stop the Lakers attack but Coach Wristen commended the Grand Valley State players and with grace will come back strong next season.
"I'm proud of our seniors, I'm proud of CSU-Pueblo and I'm proud of the athletic department," Wristen said. I know all of the fans are looking forward to another amazing season next year and will continue to keep their spirits high.
Grand Valley State moves on to take on the next team in the third round of the NCAA Division II Football Playoffs and look to strike gold. There is nothing like college football to get fans excited and there are plenty of those fans in Division II.