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Clark, WNMU make annual trip to USD



Special to EastCountySPorts.com

SAN DIEGO (9-1-2017) – In what will be the seventh straight meeting for the two teams since 2011, head coach Adam Clark — a West Hills High alum – and his Western New Mexico University football team travels back to Southern California to face Division I (FCS) the University of San Diego on Saturday (Sept. 2) afternoon. Kickoff from Torero Stadium is slated for a 2 p.m.

This marks the fourth time in the last five years that the two teams have opened the season with each other.
Although the Toreros are 6-0 in the series, several games have come down to the wire. In 2014, the Mustangs were on the move late, down six, but weren’t able to find the end zone in falling just short 23-17. It was a three-point separation in 2013 with USD holding on for the 38-35 victory. In 2012, the start of three straight close games in the series began with the Toreros holding off another late Mustang charge to take the 34-27 win. USD has held the upper hand over the last two meetings winning 45-21 in 2015 and 27-0 last year.
Although Clark traditionally recruits more than a dozen players from San Diego County, this year’s squad only features two: red-shirt junior ISAIAH EDWAARDS, a defensive back from Valhalla High, and red-shirt safety D’ANGELO BOWIE, who prepped in Virginia, then became an all-conference player for Grossmont College in 2013.
USD held a 403 to 217 advantage in total yards in 216, with the Mustangs throwing for 142 yards.

USD went 10-2 last year and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Playoffs where they faced one of the top teams in the Division I (FCS) ranks of North Dakota State and were defeated 45-7.

Quarterback ANTHONY LAWRENCE, out of Grossmont High, is back after he threw for 2,998 yards and 25 touchdowns to just eight interceptions.

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