The Javelinas avenged their 2015 loss versus the University of the Incarnate Word Cardinals in exciting fashion, besting the Division I team in almost every facet of the game to a 31- 22 victory.
Kingsville struck first at the 5:42 mark in the first quarter on a 57 yard Myles Carr pass to Jordan Thomas for a touchdown.
The Cardinals would march their way down the field (with a little help from some Javelina penalties) and Trent Birttain would dart a two-yard pass to John Oglesby to even the score at seven.
The Javelinas wasted no time in the second quarter to take back the lead. Luis Lopez kicked up dust and brawled his way to the endzone on a three-yard rush, KIngsville up 14-7.
A few drives later Kody Edwards broke through the Javelinas’ secondary, receiving a short pass from Trent Brittain and taking it to the house for 83 yards.
The Javelinas managed to tag a field goal before the half ended, taking a 17-14 lead at halftime.
The Hoggies had a bit of a scare on the first drive of the second half. Myles Carr tossed a pass to Anthony Autry in the red zone, but Autry then coughed up the ball on the hit. UIW then picked it up and ran with it all the way to the endzone.
Kingsville caught a break when the referees called roughing the passer on UIW, and gave the ball back to the Javelinas. who then failed to capitalize on the play.
After yet another Myles Carr-Jordan Thomas touchdown connection, the Javelinas took a 24-14 lead into the fourth
Once again the Cardinals were threatening, pushing into A&M Kingsville territory..
Trent Brittain connected with Kody Edwards for six yards, but Edwards was then lit up by Forrest Jones who forced a fumble that was then picked up by Devonte Williams.
Myles Carr moved his team down the field with mechanical efficiency, capping the drive off with a 2-yard pass to Chris Cooper in the back of the endzone, extending the Kingsville lead 31-14
On the ensuing drive Trent Brittain through an interception into the arms of Justin Guillory.
The Javelinas were a situation to all but put the game out of reach for the Cardinals but an unsportsmanlike penalty call stalled the drive out.
UIW quickly struck back with a 77 yard Trent Brittain-Jordan Hicks connection, that along with a successful two-point conversion put the Cardinals within nine.
On the very next drive, Carr was strip sacked and Incarnate Word took over at midfield,
The Javelina defense held firm in a clutch situation turning the ball over on downs back to Kingsville, who would end the game in Victory formations
A&M Kingsvile’s defense looked sharp and in mid-season form.They stifled the Cardinals’ rushing attack, pushing their total rushing yardage into the negatives with -31.
Although UIW nearly matched TAMUK in first downs, they failed to capitalize in key situations, going 3-13 on third down
On the flip side of the ball Myles Carr never looked as sharp in a Javelina uniform as he did Saturday night.
He was money at completions going 21-26, while accumulating 287 yards and three touchdowns.
His chief targets were Jordan Thomas (who picked up two toucdowns and average nearly 20 yards a reception, Anthony Autry (six receptions, 76 yards) and Torrey Thomas (four receptions for 57 yards.
Greg Pitre lead the rushing attack, getting 20 carries for 83 yards.
Despite the strong start there are still some rough edges to be rounded out.
The Hoggies looked sloppy, especially during the latter half of the game. They committed nine penalties for 87 yards, many coming during late in the game after Kingsville took a two-score lead.
Coach Wilkinson and company return to Kingsville to remedy that sloppiness next week at the A&M Kingsville home opener versus Simon Fraser.