Javelinas fall short to the Texans

Javelinas fall short to the Texans

Caleb Bedford tries to sneak the ball across the goal line.

The Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK) Javelinas suffered their sixth straight defeat of the season losing to the Tarleton State Texans 45-20.

The Texans closed out their Lone Star Conference (LSC) schedule with a 5-1 record and clinched at least a share of the LSC title.

This is the Texans’ first title since 2009.

The Javelinas had their overall record drop to 2-6 and their LSC record to 0-5.

The turning point in the game came when the Javelinas had the ball on the Texans one-yard line trailing 21-13 with 4:20 left in the second quarter.

The Javelinas attempted four straight quarterback sneak attempts only to be denied by the Texans’ defense with 4:10 left in the first half.

The following possession saw the Texans score a touchdown on an Andre Plata wide receiver flea flicker pass that connected with Le’Nard Meyers for 37 yards making the score 28-13 with 01:31 left in the first half.

Earlier in the game the Texans used the first trick play to surprise the Javelina defense. The Texans scored on a fake punt 40 yard touchdown run by linebacker Marquis Wadley who was in for punt block protection making the score 7-0.

The Javelina offense had no answer for the onslaught of points the Texans put up.

The highlight of the game came when Robert Armstrong surpassed Ryan Lincolns’ all-time record for 210 receptions. Armstrong tied the record with 9:57 left in the third quarter. Armstrong broke the record 12:32 left in the fourth quarter.

Armstrong finished the game with seven receptions for 89 yards. He now has 212 career receptions and counting with two games left.

Armstrong is three touchdowns away from breaking another Javelina receiving record. Armstrong is currently at 28 touchdowns and needs to reach 31 to break Glenn Starks and Dwight Harrison all-time mark of 30 set in the early 1970’s.

“It’s a big accomplishment, I’ve set records at every level I’ve played and I’m trying to do it here. I remember when me and my freshman buddy Fletcher Robinson came out. I looked at him and I said, ‘Fletch I’m about to rewrite these Javelina record books,’” Armstrong said.  “It’s been a blessing to stay healthy throughout my career and to be on this list with guys who have played in the NFL.”

Coach Calloway said he is proud of the way his team performed but knows the team still needs to work on mistakes made during games.

“I think our guys came out and competed, played hard and played the whole game. They pulled out some trick plays to try and catch us off guard and they did a good job of doing that,” Calloway said.

“We didn’t execute and that’s part of the deal. You got to execute in games like this. You got to keep plugging away and chopping wood. We are starting to get it. It isn’t going to happen overnight but we are getting there,” Calloway said.

The Javelinas return to the road next weekend to take on the Angelo State Rams in San Angelo, Texas. This is the last LSC game of the season for the Javelinas.

Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m. Nov. 9.

James Espinosa
Sports Editor