Hey Blaster! How Orediggers of Mines, Colorado’s hottest football team, humiliated NFL prospect en route to Game 1 for NCAA Division II title


GOLDEN — Tyson Bagent is grooming the Broncos. John Matocha prepares a final theory of calculations.

“It’s pretty tough,” the Colorado School of Mines senior quarterback explained, leaning back in his chair after his Orediggers buried Shepherd (W.Va.), 44-13, on Saturday to clinch the school’s first-ever Division II finish. national football championship game.

“It’s not very fun. But I just have to pass.

Pass? Baby, this kid can pass.

The 5-foot-11 Texan gave Drew Brees his best all over the Rams on Saturday at Marv Kay Stadium, where they filled the stands so quickly the university began turning people away at the gate.

When the dust settled, Matocha had amassed 371 passing yards and five touchdowns in the first NCAA home semifinal in school history. They’ll be debating best-of-five for years, but my vote goes to his second score of the second half – a moving Breesque-style uprising, rolling right, in which the kid lost a tackle attempt, then , while being dragged to the ground, managed to keep his pin together long enough to find an open Josh Johnston for 33 yards and a 30-3 lead.

“For the little Colorado School of Mines to be Team Colorado…” Mines President Paul Johnson laughed as he watched – and cheered – just outside the West Zone, wearing a gray hoodie and a smile from here to Genesee.

“This is the first time this has happened at this university. You never know when it will happen again. (A full house), have a good time, see something you may never see again in your life. But we’ll take advantage of it while we can.

Colorado School of Mines QB John Matocha (10) on the sidelines late in the fourth quarter against the Shepherd Rams in the NCAA Division II Football Semifinals at Marv Kay Stadium on December 10, 2022. (Photo by ‘Andy Cross/The Denver Post)

Starting in the second quarter, Saturday’s semi-final was a great game of football for Johnson, Blaster & Company. Miners-Rams took about 20 minutes to turn into Cherry Creek’s second coming against ThunderRidge, in which a good team ends up being driven by an elite team.


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