Winning three in a row is just the kind of turn around the Texas A&M-Kingsville Javelinas (5-4,4-3) have been looking for as they win their homecoming game against the visiting Angelo State Rams (4-5,3-3) with a 34-21 victory on Saturday Oct. 27 at Javelina Stadium.
With the win the Javelinas jump to third in the Lone Star Conference with head to head wins over Angelo State, Tarleton State, and Abilene Christian.
The Javelinas will have a short practice week to work with,
as they have to get ready for their Thursday night match-up with Gulf South Conference powerhouse Valdosta State Blazers (7-2,4-1) who are currently riding a 5-game winning streak.
“We have a short week to get ready for Valdosta, but I think our guys [Javelinas], are excited and are ready for it,” said Head Coach Bo Atterberry.
This past week the Javelinas were able to avoid the slow start, as they were able to put up 20 first half points against a ranked Angelo State defense.
Matt Stoll was able to connect on two field goals in the first quarter field goals, but thanks in part to an Angelo State touchdown the Hogs were down 7-6 at the end of one.
The Javelinas would capture the lead with the first of three Nate Poppell passing touchdowns as he connected with Joseph Vela for an eight yard score.
A Jonathan Woodson touchdown late in the second gave the Hogs a 20-14 going into the half.
In the second half the Javelina defense was able to hold the Rams to only seven points.
Nate Poppell would lead the Hogs to two touchdowns in the
second half with a 35- yard pass to Robert Armstrong in the third quarter, and in the fourth quarter Poppell would do it with his legs as he ran for a four yard touchdown.
That would be the final score in the Hogs 34-21 win.
Poppell lead the way for the Javelinas as he went 16-28 for 209 yards with three touchdowns to go along with 41 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown.
“ It feels good to help get the victory, I don’t care if it was me or some of these other guys leading the way it doesn’t matter to me how it gets done as long as it gets done,” said Poppell.
Also leading the way for the Hogs on offense was Woodson who had 61 yards on 11 carries and one catch for six yards and a touchdown.
On the defensive side of the ball the Javelinas were led by Anthony Forker who had seven tackles, and Jeremy Aguilar with six tackles and one interception.
“Our team played good, but we need to tweak a few things and hope we carry this intensity in to this weeks game,” said Atterberry.
The Javelinas have scored 30 plus points in the past two games and will need to do the same as they go against a Valdosta State team that only gives up 19 points a game.
The Hogs will also need to continue to keep up the ball security, as they have yet to turn ball over in their past two games.
Aguilar and the Javelina defense will have their hands full has they go against a team who is averaging over 41 points and 477 yards of total offense a game
“They are a good team [Valdosta] but so are we and I know we can match-up with them on both sides on the ball,” said Aguilar.
Coach Atterberry and the Javelinas will put their three game win streak against Valdosta’s five- game win streak this Thursday night Nov. 1st at 6:30 in Valdosta, Ga.