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2008 Aggie Opponents' Preview- FT. LEWIS COLLEGE

Posted Sunday, July 13, 2008 by staff
The 2008 edition of the Oklahoma Panhandle State Aggies will open their season at home on Saturday, August 30 in a 7 PM contest facing Fort Lewis College of Durango, Colorado. The Aggies are coming off a 0-10 campaign in 2007, while the Skyhawks went 1-9 with their lone win coming over Western State by a score of 19-0 in the 4th game of last season.

Like the Aggies, Fort Lewis College will boast one of NCAA II?s top linebackers in senior Mark Meng, 6'1", 222 lbs. Meng will square off against OPSU's Matt Warner, a 5'11", 230 lbs, senior who was the nation's #2 in total tackles and solo tackles during his junior campaign. Both were recently selected to the Collegiate Draft Services DII Pre-season All America Team as first team linebackers. (See "Clash of Titans" story in Headlines on this site)

Fort Lewis College is a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and in the recent pre-season coaches poll, the Skyhawks were tabbed to finish 9th of the 10 teams in the league, just one spot ahead of CSU-Pueblo, the Aggies second opponent in 2008.

On the gridiron, the Aggies and Skyhawks have met four times with the series locked at 2 wins-2 losses, each. The last time the two teams met was in 1990 with the Skyhawks taking a 28-21 victory.

Aaron Cooper, a senior offensive lineman, 6'1", 290 lbs., was the only other Skyhawk player selected to the Pre-season All Rocky Mountain Conference team along with Meng.

The Skyhawks will feature a balanced offensive attack to go with a experienced defense as they travel to Goodwell to open the 2008 season.

"I think Fort Lewis will be a lot like us. I think their defense will be their strength, but they also will have an experienced offense. Many of their offensive linemen are junior college transfers with a year's experience under their belts." Stated Aggie Head Football Coach Mike Wyatt.

The Skyhawks also return their top runner in Joel Johnson, a junior who lugged the pigskin for 564 yards last season. He also added 206 receiving yards to his totals, as well. Two senior quarterbacks will battle for the starting job in Dave Neiman and Tom Stoffel who combined for 1179 of the team's passing yards in 2007.

"We are just about mirror images of each other, so it should make for a great season opener for both teams." Added Wyatt.

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