It’s not always easy to miss the post season but sometimes one must take what’s there.
The Texas A&M Kingsville Javelinas were able to salvage a winning season following a 23-10 victory against the Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds Saturday afternoon at Greyhound stadium.
The Javelinas finish the season 6-5 and notch a fourth consecutive winning season, averaging eight wins a season since 2008.
“We’ve seen a few wins here the last couple of years, and it’s always nice to say you’ve had a winning season the last four years,” Javelina head coach Bo Atterberry said, “ You always want the win but you hate to see the seniors go,”
The Javelinas as always tried to establish the running game early on with a heavy dose of Harlon Hill finalist Jonathan Woodson as he carried the ball 12 times in the first quarter alone.
Woodson would leave the game in the third quarter with a separated shoulder, but would finish the game with 142 all-purpose yards (88 rushing, 23 receiving and 31 on kick returns).
Randall Toney would finish the game and post 145 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries.
“I got to thank the offensive line, it was all them up front,” Toney said, “ We wanted to send the seniors off with a win and head into the off-season with some momentum,”
ENMU however would strike first with a one yard run by Tony Valenzuela early in the second quarter to put the Greyhounds ahead 7-0.
The Javelinas would pull ahead for good after Freshman Layton Dworaczyk scored on a four-yard rush and a Matt Stoll 25-yard field goal would send the Hogs in up 10-7 at half.
ENMU would score only three points the rest of the way as the defense forced three turnovers.
Justin young led the AMK defense with nine tackles and one interception, while Demontrelle Smith got a pick of his own and Rockeem Collins recovered a fumble.
Roderick Benman finished the game with two sacks and two solo tackles.
Woodson has currently 4,200 all-purpose yards for his career making him fifth all-time at AMK.
Senior quarterback Daniel Ramirez finished the game with 147 yards on 18-of-30 passing with no touchdowns and did not throw his first pass until the first quarter was inside of three minutes left.
The Javelinas finish 6-5 and 4-4 in conference finishing in fourth place in the Lone Star Conference.