By: Mark Molina
Knocking off a ranked opponent to start the season seems like a trend at Texas A&M Kingsville in recent years.
The No. 6 ranked Javelinas (1-0) opened their 2011 season with a victory over the No. 22 Central Washington Wildcats (0-1), 21-10, Friday afternoon at Tomlinson Stadium.
The win marks the third straight year a ranked opponent has fallen to AMk in week one of the season.
AMK appeared anxious early as the defense put the clamps on the Wildcats early forcing CWU quarterback Ryan Robertson to start 0-for-5 in the first quarter before getting his first completion early in the second quarter.
The Hoggie offense had a few miscues early as running back Jonathan Woodson fumbled on the third play from scrimmage, but it did not faze them as they took a 14-0 lead.
Woodson would score out of the “Pineapple Express” formation from four yards out on the fourth Javelina possession following a Wildcat fumble.
Robert Armstrong would score on the ensuing possession on a 15 yard pass play to go up two scores.
Armstrong had three catches for 25 yards, three rushes for 16 yards and two touchdowns overall while Woodson rushed for 90 yards on 25 attempts and a score.
The Hog defense fought off a Wildcat surge after their offense shaved the lead down to four at 14-10 before junior linebacker Jeremy Aguilar picked off Robertson with 10:05 to play.
Aguilar had an impressive outing in his first game replacing 2010 Lone Star Conference Linebacker of the year Tressor Baptiste, leading the team with seven tackles to go with the pick.
Defensively, the Hogs picked up where they left off allowing only 213 yards of total offense, 61 yards on the ground and 151 through the air.
CWU’s Robertson passed for 151 yards on 16-of-35 passing and a pick.
AMK quarterback Nate Poppell and back up Daniel Ramirez split reps in week one with Ramirez doing a bulk of the passing accounting for 129 of the teams 176 passing yards and only passing touchdown.
The Javelinas will open their home season next week against NCAA independent Minot State Saturday night at Javelina Stadium.