Nothing brings me pure joy more than the smell of pumpkin pie, the sight of the leaves changing colors (to an extent, considering the amount of absent color in South Texas to begin with), and the inevitable drama that never disappoints in the World Series.
The autumn season is upon us and this list of pleasure is heightened in the midst of this season, and more so, broadens and stretches itself over the course of months from September to December.
As I glance at my calendar however, my eyes stay fixed on September. Not because the semester has begun and I’m excited for classes. Not because six is upside down, it’s a nine now (word to Drake.)
But because in the glorious month number nine, a perfect representation of the three F’s in life are all factored in, and begin: Faith, Family, and Football.
And on that note, I must admit, this upcoming Javelina football season has me perplexed.
The second year of Darren Wilkinson’s tenure as Head Coach has more light to look forward to, than there has been in Javelina Nation since the 2011 season, which was the last time the Javelinas had an above .500 record.
The Hoggies have only won 11 games in the span since then, which is more than disheartening to me considering that in 2010, the Hoggies had won 10 games total…
It’s been tough.
And all of us here on campus have paid witness to the growing pains week after week for as long as we’ve been Javelinas.
In a sense it’s killed some “School Spirit,” that was once the focal point of recruitment for this campus both academically with it’s atmosphere of excellence, and athletically, knowing that weekly your home turf is in fact that.
It’s difficult to fight for something when nobody believes in you.
Then again, it also adds fuel to the fire in an attempt to prove someone wrong.
And what better chance to prove the doubters wrong, than by beating a Division I team in a game that was nearly the first ‘W’ in the win column only one year ago?
Might as well dive into game one on the docket for this long awaited season.
The game was devastatingly close at the beginning of last Fall (18-16), when the Javelinas played a defensive heavy game forcing four turnovers that nearly gave them the victory then; although, they were plagued with their own misfortune of handling the football which provided the result.
The Blue and Gold will trot into the season opener this year with an offense with more than a year under it’s belt, that is finely geled and knows how to move efficiently than it was allowed to in the previous meeting.
Quarterback Myles Carr is far more equipped to lead his team, and with the return of his go to duo in Jordan Thomas and Anthony Autry (who is also on the NFLPA Bowl watch list. Congrats to him.) we’re going to see far more success through the air. The pair accounted for more than 1,500 of Carr’s 2,200 yards.
I’m willing to bet my tuition money it could be more this fall.
Also, with a far more patient running attack with Greg Pitre potentially leading the pack, and a very stout offensive line, it’s going to be interesting to witness the team move the ball.
I have a ton of faith in this offense as long as they can hold on to the football, and that’s enough to get me through my Saturday mornings.
If all goes well, Carr and company can lead the Javelinas to its first win of the season, and hopefully down the line, the first winning season Hog Nation has seen in five years.
It’s a tough task to ask, but in reality, if they can get through this Saturday, the sky’s the limit.
I can spit out numbers, facts, and spew all the nonsense to bore you to utter tears, but I’m not going to do that.
I’m going to save that for the season when it needs to be done.
I’m begging you Hogs, don’t make me write something I shouldn’t have to.
Game time on Saturday September 3rd is 6:00 P.M., from the Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium in San Antonio, Texas.
It’s only a two hour drive.
I suggest you make the trip.