It is Homecoming Week in Javelina Nation, and the Hoggies are gearing up to face the West Texas A&M Buffaloes, looking to rebound from last week’s loss against the Angelo State Rams.
The West Texas Buffs are 2-4 on the season, and 1-3 in the Lone Star conference, their only conference win coming off a 52-38 win against the Tarleton State Texans from week three.
The Javelinas will once again be facing a team who is also sitting at the bottom half of the LSC, in almost every category to date.
Passing Offense seems to be of huge difficulty for the Buffs, as they are the second worst team in the LSC, only able to eclipse 213 yards a game passing, and only scoring 7 touchdowns through the air.
Considering the Javelinas have the best passing defense in terms of yards per game (176.3) and have had a habit of batting passes as they’re being thrown by opposing offenses, they have to be excited to see a lacking passing attack; especially, after struggling to hold Angelo States offensive air show of 367 yards and 4 touchdowns.
However, where the Buffs don’t succeed through the air, they make up for on the ground, gaining an average of 157.7 yards a game, and putting at least 10 touchdowns.
Facing a Javelina rush defense who’s still a bit shaken up after allowing 190 yards and 2 touchdowns last week to the Rams, and 13 on the season, we may see the sixth place rushing attack of the Buffs ground and pound their way against the Hogs.
The Javelina Offensive unit has been doing work and continues to succeed, especially on the ground, which may continue this coming week for the Hogs facing a defense that is currently allowing more than 200 yards on the ground a game.
The Hoggies went from averaging 87 yards a game rushing throughout the season, to now pushing the ball for 231.5 yards a game over their last two games.
The Hoggies can continue to run the football, as it seems they have finally found their groove that Head Coach Daren Wilkinson wanted from the start of the season on the ground; however, they will look to bounce back throwing the ball after, only gaining 148 yards for the game last week.
Against a West Texas team that gives up the 4th most passing yards per game in the LSC (253.3), Myles Carr, along with two of the top four receivers in the Lone Star Conference, Anthony Autry and Jordan Thomas will look to add impressive stats to the game.
Although the Buffs have only allowed an LSC leading 6 touchdowns to opposing Quarterbacks, the receiving core the Javelinas have, along with their ability to make big plays down field, including 4 passing touchdowns greater than 40 yards, should look to be a challenge for the Buffaloes nonetheless.
After two straight heartbreaking losses that were decided within the final 15 seconds of both games, the Hogs will look to close out the final home game on top.
Final Score: 38-29, Javelinas come out victorious, and conclude their home finale, ending their 11 straight LSC winless drought.