ENMU Football comes up short in season opener

New Mexico Highlands (1-0) edged the Eastern New Mexico University football team (0-1) in a thrilling season opener for both teams, by a score of 31-28, Saturday night at Greyhound Stadium.

Darrelyn McCloud
(Anderson, Ind., Manzano High School / New Mexico Military Institute) 33-yard interception in the third quarter marked the first time an ENMU player scored defensively, since
Jayson Serda
, against Incarnate Word, last season.


The Cowboys extended a 14-point halftime lead to 24-7, early in the third quarter on a 55-yard Zach tapia field goal, but McCloud's interception return ignited a 21-0 surge from the Hounds, which included a 36-yard touchdown sprint from

Cameron Mikell (Sacramento, Calif., Rio Linda High School / Butte)
and a 45-yard sprint from

Andrew Lopez (Artesia, N.M., Artesia High School)
, for a 28-24 edge with 10:44 left in the game. The Cowboys capitalized on third-down pass interference call in the endzone, when Dominque Ferrell used the extra downs to score from two-yards out for the final margin, with 7:21 remaining.


ENMU quarterback

Jeremy Buurma (Las Cruces, N.M., Las Cruces High School)
passed for 235 yards, while
Jacob Johnson
hauled in five passes for 61 yards. Lopez rushed for 88 yards, while

Julian Yearwood (Las Vegas, Nev., Desert Pines High School / Mt. San Jacinto College )

Christopher Barnard (Melrose, N.M., Melrose High School)
paced the defense with 11 tackles each. Emmanuel Lewis led NMHU with 182 yards passing.


The Eastern New Mexico University football team will have a short week, with a contest against Sul Ross State on Friday, as part of the Lone Star Conference Football Festival at Cowboys Stadium. New Mexico Highlands will visit Abilene Christian, next Saturday.