Gridiron Hounds To Host Wagon Wheel Game on Saturday Night

Gridiron Hounds To Host Wagon Wheel Game on Saturday Night

Eastern forced five turnovers in their victory over Angelo State and held the ball for 38:10 of play. The Buffaloes converted 11 of 19 third-down attempts, on the way to a 37-25 win over Tarleton State.

How to Follow the Game

The Wagon Wheel Game will be broadcast LIVE on KENW-TV PBS-TV Channel 3-3. The legendary "Voice of the Greyhounds" Dr. Donald Elder will be on hand to broadcast the game on KSEL 105.9 FM, which also will have an audio stream of the game on their website. A video stream and live statistics will be available at

The Matchup

The Greyhounds are 14-16 against West Texas A&M, with a 13-15 record when the teams meet for the Wagon Wheel. In 2013, the Hounds rallied from a 21-point deficit to claim a 39-38 win on a two-point conversion.

The 2013 victory spark a run of three consecutive victories over WT, which included a Lone Star Conference playoff game to close the 2014 season. Last year, the Hounds faced a 35-14 deficit at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium, but scored three straight touchdowns to pull even. After a WT field goal, Aaron Johnson hauled in a 73-yard touchdown pass to open the final quarter and give ENMU a 42-38 lead. The Buffaloes scored the final 14 points and held on for the 52-42 win.

The last time WT visited ENMU for the Wagon Wheel game, the contest got off to a strange start. The Buffaloes recovered the initial kickoff at Eastern's 23-yard line, but a bad snap on the first play cost them 17 yards. After two more plays, the Buffaloes punted and ENMU drove 85 yards to take a lead they would not relinquish.


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West Texas A&M (Then West Texas State Teachers College) actually has made four previous trips to Portales, N.M. The Hounds hosted WT's freshmen team in the 1934, 1935, 1936, and 1938 seasons. In those contests, ENMU posted a 3-1 record.

Greyhound Head Coach Josh Lynn is in his fifth season at Eastern and has a 22-22 record. In 2013, the Greyhounds finished with a 5-1 mark in Lone Star Conference play to share the league title with Tarleton State. Mike Nesbitt is in his fourth season at West Texas A&M and has a 22-13 overall record after he was 11-3 as the interim coach in the 2013 season.

Around the Lone Star Conference

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With matching 3-0 records, Midwestern State and Texas A&M-Commerce remain the only undefeated teams in the conference, and are joined by West Texas A&M as the only three teams yet to suffer a LSC loss. Eastern New Mexico and Western New Mexico are tied with 2-1 records in LSC play, while Tarleton State has a 1-1 mark. Texas A&M-Kingsville, University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Angelo State, and Oklahoma Panhandle are looking for their first conference wins of the season.

Road Team Home Team Location Time (CST
Texas A&M - Commerce Oklahoma Panhandle State Goodwell, Okla.

1 p.m.

Midwestern State Western New Mexico Silver City, NM 1:30 p.m.
Angelo State Texas A&M - Kingsville Kingsville, Texas 7 p.m.
UT Permian Basin Tarleton State Stephenville, Texas 7 p.m.
West Texas A&M Eastern New Mexico Portales, NM 8 p.m.

On the Run

Eastern New Mexico University Website
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After four games, the Greyhounds rank third in the nation in rushing, with 349.8 yards per game. In the NCAA Division II, Eastern trails only Harding (407.5 ypg) and Sioux Falls (380.3 ypg). Kamal Cass is at the forefront of ENMU's running game and ranks seventh in the nation with 584 yards.

ENMU also ranks fourth in the LSC in total offense. Cass is fourth in the LSC in scoring, while Aaron Johnson is ninth in the league in yards per catch. Bailey Hale is fifth in scoring by a kicker. Eastern also leads the league in time of possession at 36:09/game.




The Hounds run defense is the second-best in the Lone Star Conference and trails only Texas A&M-Kingsville. Brad Hardin ranks seventh in the LSC in tackles per game, while Desmond Blue is tied for the lead in interceptions.

Blue had a huge game last week against Angelo State. He was in on a sack, made his second interception of the season, and recovered a fumble.

Special Teams

Bailey Hale averaged a season-best 41.2 yards on five punts in Eastern's 25-14 win at Angelo State. He had two kicks downed inside the Ram 20-yard line and booted a career-best 51-yard punt in the fourth quarter, followed by a 50-yard punt later in the quarter. The two kicks allowed a combined one yard in returns and both pinned ASU inside their own six-yard line. Hale's 31-yard field goal in the second quarter was the third straight made field goal by the redshirt freshman. He also had two touchbacks on five kickoffs.

Buffalo Notes

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West Texas A&M is off to a 3-1 start, with three consecutive victories. After a season-opening loss to Azusa Pacific, the Buffs defeated CSU-Pueblo, Texas-Permian Basin, and Tarleton State


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Up Next

Next week, the Eastern New Mexico University football team will visit University of Texas of the Permian Basin. A two-game home stand against Tarleton State and Bacone College.

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