Cowboys open season vs. Hounds Saturday

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By Dave Kavanaugh

Linebacker Jared Koster made 63 tackles — 24 solo — and 14 tackles for loss along with three and a half sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery to go with seven deflections and five quarterback hurries.

Punter Patrick Carney averaged 45.2 yards a punt with a long of 73 plus nine touchbacks, 12 punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line, and 22 longer than 50 yards.

Koster and Carney will be among the expected leaders for New Mexico Highlands’ football team as it takes on the 2014 season, the fifth under head coach Eric Young.

NMHU kicks off the schedule at home Saturday when Eastern New Mexico comes to Perkins Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

In last year’s opener, NMHU held on to win 31-28 at Blackwater Draw. But the Greyhounds went on to record their first winning season since 2004 and seized a share of the Lone Star Conference championship.

The Hounds are picked to finish third in the Lone Star this fall, although head coach Josh Lynn has nine all-conference players returning. Senior defensive back Kevin Reaves, a Don Hansen all-region standout, is one of six preseason All-Americans on the roster. The others are fellow defensive back Darrelyn McCloud, linebacker Benjamin Pedro-Langford, quarterback Jeremy Buurma, running back Jordan Wells and wide receiver Jacob Johnson.

Koster, tabbed as a preseason All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference linebacker, joins Carney — a preseason All-American punter — for a senior campaign in the purple and white. The Cowboys were projected as the seventh best team in the RMAC.

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NMHU has announced its admission prices for all home sporting events in the 2014-15 school year.

Football tickets are $10 general admission, $5 for those 65 and older, and free to children younger than 12. (The same prices hold true for men’s and women’s basketball.)

Women’s soccer and volleyball tickets are $5 general admission, free to children younger than 12. Admission to wrestling, baseball and softball will also be $5.

Those with valid NMHU ID will be admitted free as usual.