By: Mark Molina
It’s safe to say this wasn’t a cake walk for the team favored by three touchdowns, but it was a win.
The Texas A&M Kingsville Javelinas improved to 2-0 on the season after a 19-7 win over the Minot State Beavers Saturday night in the first 2011 game at Javelina stadium.
The Hogs were taken down to the wire early before the Javelina ground game took over sparking the offense in the second half en route to a career night for Jonathan Woodson in the backfield.
Woodson rushed for 170 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.
“I want to give a big thanks to my offensive line, they played great up front today,” Woodson said.
Minot State (0-3) used a speedy corps of receivers to throw off the Hoggie defense early to take a 7-0 lead after Zac Rudolph and Jabari Taylor hooked up for a 69 yard reverse touchdown pass.
Robert Armstrong would give the Hogs life after hauling in a 31-yard pass from Nate Poppell to make it 7-6 after Matt Stoll missed his first of two extra points on the night.
The Hogs would take a 12-7 lead into the half after Armstrong scored his second touchdown this time on a 17-yard fade route to the right corner of the end zone.
Armstrong had another big outing after receiving Lone Star Conference Player of the Week honors going for 103 yards on five catches and two touchdowns.
“They were giving us everything we wanted but we weren’t connecting early,” Armstrong said “ We’re going to go work on some things in practice and hopefully put up more points for the defense.”
Defensively the Hogs were once again solid allowing only 204 yards on offense, 44 rushing on 28 attempts.
Robert McCormick had two interceptions including one in the fourth quarter that put the game on ice for the Blue and Gold.
Roderick Benman and Zane Brown led the unit with four combined solo tackles, a sack and three quarterback hits.
It was a one possession game till Woodson finished off the Beavers and his career night with a nine-yard touchdown run with a little over five minutes to play making it 19-7.
Poppell had a more productive game this week going 13-of-23 for 174 yards with one interception and two touchdown tosses, in spite of some troubles up front as he was sacked twice.
“Hats off to Minot they had a game plan and executed it well,” Atterberry said. “ We got to go to work so we can click a little better offensively.”
The Javelinas will begin conference play in a neutral site as they headline the Lone Star Football festival where they face the West Texas A&M Buffaloes at 8 p.m. at Cowboy’s Stadium.