No. 6 Texas A&M-Kingsville 19, Minot State 7
Despite struggles on offense, No. 6 Texas A&M-Kingsville defeated visiting Minot State, 19-7 on Saturday night at Javelina Stadium in front of 13,121 fans.
The Beavers (0-3) struck the first blow in the game when Zac Rudolph connected on a wide receiver reverse pass to Jabari Taylor. Taylor broke a tackle and scored on the 69-yard play with 5:00 left in the first quarter.
The Javelinas (2-0) were able to take the lead by half time thanks to a pair of touchdown catches by Robert Armstrong (Cuero/Cuero HS). The first came on a diving, toe-tapping catch in the back of the end zone in the first quarter and the second came late in the second quarter when he was left all alone in the end zone.
Two missed extra points made it a 12-7 game at the half and it stayed that way until the fourth quarter. Both defenses stood strong until a Minot State fumbled punt gave the Javelinas excellent field position. Jonathan Woodson (Missouri City/Marshall HS) put the game away with a 9-yard touchdown run with 4:37 left in the game.
The Javelinas finished with 368 yards of total offense and 19 first downs. Woodson led the way with a career high 170 on 19 carries en route to 225 all-purpose yards. Armstrong finished the game with five receptions and a career high 103 yards receiving and now has four touchdowns on the season. Nate Poppell (Spring/Spring HS) was 13-of-23 for 174 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
The Beavers gained 204 yards on offense with only 44 coming on the ground. Tyson Schatz had 40 yards on 12 carries to lead the team. Bryce Jorgenson went 11-for-30 for 91 yards and two interceptions passing. Taylor finished with five catches for 86 yards and a touchdown.
Robert McCormick (Corpus Christi/Flour Bluff HS) led the Hoggie defense with the first two interceptions of his career and five tackles.
The Javelinas are back in action next Saturday at 7 p.m. against West Texas A&M as part of the Lone Star Football Festival at Dallas Cowboys Stadium.
Incarnate Word 41, Eastern New Mexico 28
Incarnate Word did exactly what the game plan said to do — control the clock and get some turnovers — and that package produced a 41-28 win over Eastern New Mexico in Lone Star Conference action Saturday night.
With the win UIW got to 1-1 in the still-young season and notched its first conference win. ENMU dropped to 0-2 and 0-1 in the LSC.
At the end of the night, the Cardinals dominated the time of possession race with a margin of 37:38 to 22:22 for the Greyhounds. And for a team like ENMU which likes to crack the 100 plateau in number of offensive plays run, that can be devastating. ENMU ran but 69 plays while Incarnate Word got off 81 including 61 on the ground resulting in 305 rushing yards.
Junior running back Trent Rios was the UIW production leader. His 34 rushing attempts and his 202 yards were second all-time at Incarnate Word for a single game and his four touchdowns on the ground did set a new school mark. His long of the night was 59 with a play average of 5.9.
Rios carried five consecutive times for 52 yards before junior quarterback Paden Lynch (10-18-0, 111 yards, one touchdown) threw an incompletion in the end zone. So, give it to Rios one more time and he scored from the six. That made it 14-0 for UIW and the Greyhounds would not recover.
On UIW’s first drive of the night the Cardinals went 81 yards in four plays highlighted by a 62-yard sprint by Lynch to the ENMU five. Rios scored from the five and when Thomas Rebold kicked the first of his five points after the Cardinals led 7-0. Rebold also nailed two field goals, one of 23 yards and the other from 33 out.
The Greyhounds pass master, Wes Wood, finished 29-for-49 for 383 yards and four touchdowns, but threw three interceptions, two in the end zone. For UIW, junior safety Chaz Pavliska had two picks and returned one of those 85 yards for a UIW game mark.
Next up Incarnate Word travels to play Lamar on September 17 in what will be the Cardinals’ first-ever game against a Division I opponent. Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Provost Umphrey Stadium in Beaumont.
Angelo State 49, Chadron State 42
Angelo State scored 28-unanswered points in the fourth quarter to erase a 21-point deficit in a 49-42 win over Chadron State on Saturday at Don Beebe Stadium.
Trailing 42-21 with 14:54 left in the game, the Rams (2-0) began their fourth-quarter comeback. Senior captain D.J. Clough took the Rams’ first step, as the linebacker stripped the Eagles (0-2) running back Dominic Morris and ran it back for a touchdown. Clough’s score made it a 42-28 game with 11:36 remaining.
Angelo State quarterback Blake Hamblin led the Rams the rest of the way, as the sophomore threw for 176 yards and three scores in the fourth quarter. The Rowlett native finished the game 24-for-37 with 271 yards and four touchdowns, all career-highs.
Angelo State finished with 388 yards of total offense against the Eagles. Tristan Carter led the rushing attack with 69 yards on the ground while Hamblin added 44 yards rushing on five carries.
After back-to-back touchdowns to Nate Bayless and Antwon Williams, ASU trailed by seven (49-42) with 4:34 seconds left in the game.
The Rams defense then forced a three-and-out and put the ball back in the right arm of Hamblin with 2:12 left in the game. Pinned at their six-yard line, Hamblin orchestrated an 11-play, 94-yard drive that was capped off by a 26-yard touchdown pass to junior wide out C.J. Akins.
Josh McClain led Chadron State with 315 yards passing and three touchdowns. McClain connected with Nathan Ross, Travis Reeves and Jeff Alcorn for his touchdown passes, while Michael Madkins ran in a touchdown for the Eagles.
Angelo State returns for their home-opener next Saturday, a 2 p.m. contest against the University of Central Oklahoma at San Angelo Stadium.
Midwestern State 41, Missouri S&T 0
Midwestern State’s Brandon Kelsey accounted for 253 yards of total offense and four touchdowns to lead the Mustangs to a 41-0 season opening win over Missouri S&T Saturday at Allgood-Bailey Stadium.
MSU, which has won its last 11 season openers dating back to 2001, faces Texas A&M-Commerce as part of the Lone Star Football Festival next Saturday at Cowboys Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon.
The Mustangs stumbled out of the gate with just 44 yards of total yards in the first quarter, but erupted for 27 second quarter points spearheaded by Kelsey, who completed 13 of 20 passes for 187 yards and two TDs while rushing for 66 yards on eight carries with two more touchdowns.
Missouri S&T accounted for 71 of their 142 yards of total offense in the first quarter and were set up on the MSU 38-yard line after Jimmy Barnhardt pounced on a Keidrick Jackson fumble with 6:11 to play in the first half.
But the Miners were unable to convert their best scoring opportunity as Will Morrison’s 19-yard field attempt sailed wide.
Then Kelsey got the Mustangs rolling early in the second quarter when he found David Little on a 25-yard reception then followed with a 27-yard strike to Edgard Theliar on a fade rout before capping the 5-play, 65-yard drive with a 5 yard TD run with 12:31 to play in the opening half.
Kelsey made his lone mistake of the contest throwing interception on the Mustangs’ next possession, but the junior from Arlington engineered scoring drives on the next five MSU possessions.
Kelsey hit Little for another 22-yard strike to set up a 3-yard plunge by Lester Bush to give MSU a 14-0 lead with 5:42 to go in the half.
After the defense forced a three-and-out, Kelsey capped a quick 4-play, 52-yard drive with a 22-yard dash for his second rushing TD of the opening half giving the Mustangs a 20-0 lead.
Jackson atoned for his fumble by dashing 40 yards on his first carry of the Mustangs’ next possession then burst 13 more yards to the Missouri S&T 1-yard line before plunging in for the TD two carries later to give MSU a 27-0 halftime lead.
Kelsey connected with Little for touchdown strikes of 32 and 9 yards to round out the scoring in the third quarter.
Little paced the Mustangs’ receiving corps making seven catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns while senior Edgard Theliar made four receptions for 55 yards.
Jackson paced MSU’s 253-yard rushing attack netting 82 yards on nine carries while Bush added 45 yards on nine totes, Jimmy Pipkin had 32 yards on six carries and Peter Smith rushed for 22 yards on eight totes.
Senior linebacker Ty Duncan led the defense with nine tackles including one tackle for loss and was in on a sack.
Missouri S&T fell to 1-1 on the season.
West Alabama 42, Tarleton State 35
The Tarleton football team faced off against West Alabama for the first time in school history Saturday evening in Livingston, Ala. The Tigers got the better of the Texans by a score of 42-35.
The Texans got off to a strong start defensively after winning the coin toss and deferring. Tarleton was able to hold the host Tigers to a three-and-out on their first drive of the game.
Tarleton’s first offensive drive of the game started at the 22-yard line for the Texans. They marched 78 yards on nine plays and ended with a 23-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Nick Stephens to Clifton Rhodes. The Texans got on the board early, which was a point head coach Cary Fowler had made prior to the game.
The Tigers responded with a 70-yard fade right up the middle on the second play of the drive, as Gary Johnston hooked up with Ken May. The extra-point made it a 7-7 ball game with 10:02 on the clock.
Lowery countered with a big kickoff return, going for 61 yards and giving the Texans great field position. Tarleton marched into the red zone, before Devon Gray scored with six-yard touchdown reception from Stephens. Jerry Owens converted the extra point to give the Texans the lead, 14-7. It was a 30-yard drive, coming on seven plays.
At that point something triggered on the West Alabama sideline, who began to put a comeback together on both sides of the ball.
With 13:43 to go in the second quarter, the Tigers tied the game up with a four-yard touchdown reception by Gerald Worsham from Johnston.
After the kickoff and on the first play from scrimmage, Stephens dropped back and was hit by a blindside rush. The ball popped out and was scooped up by the Tigers.
Immediately, Johnston capitalized on the turnover with a nine-yard rush for a touchdown, giving West Alabama a 21-14 lead.
Once again, Tarleton returned the kick and set up for a drive deep in their territory. But once again, the Tiger defense forced another fumble after Lance Clark caught a pass from Stephens and then was stripped at the 29-yard line.
West Alabama began their next drive with 12:40 remaining in the second quarter and on the next play, the Tigers exploited the Tarleton defense for a 29-yard touchdown pass to Curt Amacker. That gave West Alabama a 28-14 advantage heading closer to the halfway point.
The Texans needed to do something before time ran out to give them a chance heading into the half.
Tarleton started their drive at the 39-yard line and used a little trickery to get things going offensively. Offensive coordinator Lee Hays called up a double-pass play that worked to perfection, as Stephens tossed it out to Roddy Green on his right, who then threw down the Tarleton sideline to Rhodes for a 48-yard completion.
That set things up for Lowery, who added his second touchdown with 0:33 left in the half on a one-yard rush, cutting Tarleton’s deficit 28-21.
By halftime, Tarleton had amassed 231 total yards, 207 through the air and 24 on the ground. West Alabama was close behind with 229 total yards, 152 in the air and 77 on the ground.
Stephens had a solid first half, going 16-for-21 with 162 yards and two touchdowns. Rhodes led all receivers with four catches for 98 yards and a touchdown. Lowery provided Tarleton with their lone rushing touchdown.
The difference in the first half was the two fumbles that the Tigers forced from the Texans.
The second half was a different story as Tarleton’s defense began to settle in while the offense struggled to move the ball past a quick West Alabama defense.
The Texans got a break at the start of the fourth quarter when West Alabama fumbled a punt. With a short field, Tarleton managed to punch it on a 10-yard rush by Lowery. The drive went 43 yards on six plays and the offense began to come alive just in the nick of time.
With 8:27 on the clock, the Texans jumped ahead on a Stephen’s six-yard rush for a 35-28 lead. That wrapped up a 90-yard drive that took eight plays and shifted all momentum in Tarleton’s favor.
West Alabama attempted to answer with their own drive down the field and ate away at the clock with their option attack. They were able to tie the game at 35-35 when Johnston got wrapped up at the eight-yard line, but tossed the ball to his running back Don Smith, who took it in for the score.
Time started to become a factor as West Alabama had the ball with the clock under two minutes, marching down the field for at least a field goal attempt. A couple of big plays and some costly penalties put the Tigers in good field position while the Texans’ backs were against the wall.
West Alabama would not settle for a field goal though, as running back Mathew Willis scrambled in from the 15-yard line. The Tigers went 85 yards in eight plays and moved the clock under a minute of action.
For the second straight week, the Texans had one last drive to stay in the ball game, but this week left them with only 0:53 of clock. Tarleton managed to drive all the way down to the 42-yard line, but time just ran out as the Tigers escaped with 42-35 victory.
The Texans amassed 445 yards of total offense, with 355 yards coming through the air and 90 yards coming on the ground. West Alabama was right there with 446 total yards, but 229 of their yards came on the ground.
Stephens finished the game with 310 yards on 32-of-51 passing, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Rhodes had another outstanding game with 147 yards on nine receptions and a touchdown, while Gray had a receiving touchdown as well.
The ground game was not a major factor statistically, but did set up the passing game. Lowery led all rushers with 47 yards and two touchdowns. He also had 137 return yards from kick-offs.
Johnston was the majority of the Tigers’ offense with 118 yards on the ground and 217 yards through the air. He passed for three scores and rushed for another.
Defensively, Tarleton was led by Marquis Wadley, who had 15 tackles, and Logan Johnson, who had two sacks.
The Texans fall to 0-2 on the season, while the Tigers improve to 1-1. Tarleton’s next game will take place in San Marcos on Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. when the Texans take on Texas State.