After suffering a heartbreak loss in the final minutes of the 4th quarter to Tarleton State, the Javelinas will be looking to bounce back against the Angelo State University Rams, who stand 4-2 on the year and 1-2 in the Lone Star Conference.
Angelo State is coming off a close loss to Texas A&M University Commerce 38-35 in which they tried for a fourth quarter comeback, but failed in the closing minutes as Commerce kept the clock moving and the ball as well.
Last year the Hoggies fell to the Rams 57-31 in Javelina Stadium, and will be looking to get revenge not only for last year, but for last week’s loss as well.
On the last play of the game the Javelinas fumbled the ball on the one yard line where they were stopped ending the game.
This past week unlike others, was a great week for the team running the ball.
As a team they rushed for 235 yards and leading the way was Greg Pitre with 89 yards on 16 attempts and coming in with 73 yards was Shawn Vasquez who also added the first touchdown of the game.
The Blue and Gold had great success this week and will have to continue, so that the runs balance out the pass game. This team stats are looking for this game to be another close one.
ASU is allowing 131 yards on the ground and 210 yards passing. Myles Carr is one of the top passers in the conference and averages over 300 yards per game, and the stats to be in his favor this week as he looks to have success passing the ball. On the season Carr has over 1500 yards passing with a completion rate of 58% and 11 touchdowns. They only thing that hurts him in the stat column is that he has nine interceptions on the year, and two of them came last game. If the Javelinas are to have a fighting chance and save the season Carr will have to take care of the ball.
On the defensive side of the ball things will have to change to avoid the same mistakes that happened past weekend. The defense allowed big plays on 3rd down which allowed the Texans to covert and keep their drives going especially the drive that lead to the game winning score. These conversions were not on 3rd and short, but on 3rd and long especially on six yards and on. In the end this killed the Javelinas and is what ultimately lost the game for them, but the defense is still forcing turnovers. Against Tarleton State they forced two interceptions which led to Javelina scores.
In conclusions the Javelinas looked their best this weekend even though the end result was a loss.
The offense was moving the ball and the run game looked the strongest it has all season, and add in the combo of Carr’s passing game and the offense is running well. The offense does need to keep the turnovers down and success will follow.
Defense on the other hand needs to hold the opposing offense on 3rd down and get off the field as fast as they can. It will be a tough game this Saturday in San Angelo.