At the start of the 2012 season the Texas A&M-Kingsville Javelina football team was hoping not to have a repeat of the 2011 season when they finished 6-5. With most of their key players returning it seemed like they had a good chance to improve their record.
The 2012 season started just like the 2011 season, with the Javelinas winning their first two games, including a nice 16-13 victory over Abilene Christian. However, things headed downhill for the Hogs after that as they lost four straight games, including two embarrassing losses
– one being a 40-10 loss against West Texas in Cowboys Stadium and the other a 21-14 loss in overtime to the lowly Texas A&M-Commerce Lions.
With the playoffs nowhere in sight halfway through the season, the Javelinas would not just give up. They would go on to win four of their last five games.
Thanks to some key victories during that stretch over teams like Tarleton State and Angelo State, the Hogs were able to sneak into a bowl game when they qualified for the fourth annual Kanza Bowl against Emporia State. It was a good experience. The Javelinas played till the very end but came up short falling, 45-38. They ended the season 6-6. Better?
Not quite and not impressive by Javelina standards. But, it could have been worse. Credit Coach Bo Atterberry and his staff for keeping the team focused and earning a bowl bid in spite of early losses. A 6-6 season will do.
There is only one thing left to wonder and that is… “What can we expect from the Javelinas in 2013?” We have all year to prepare.
Is another 6-6 season in store?