The 2014 season is a couple of days away and the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Javelina football team is determined to right the wrongs of last season’s 2-8 record and 0-6 Lone Star Conference record.
Standing in the way of the Javelinas is the Humboldt State University Lumberjacks.
The Lumberjacks, much like the Javelinas, finished last place in their respective conference, the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. The Lumberjacks finished last season with a record of 0-11 and 0-10 in the GNAC.
Don’t let those numbers fool you; the Lumberjacks were picked to finish fourth in the GNAC pre-season poll this season despite last year’s abyssal record.
David Calloway, head coach of the Javelinas, said he is confident in his team’s ability to stop the Lumberjacks game plan this weekend noting that it will take a total team effort to earn a victory.
“We are going to have to execute in all phases, that’s the bottom line. It’s going to come down to us playing well offensively, trying to establish our run game,” he said. “Getting stops defensively and executing in the kicking game. It’s the first game of the year, that’s where special teams play a big part. We got to be ready to execute.”
Calloway went on to add that the quarterback battle in training camp is over and junior college transfer Trey Mitchell will be the man under center for this weekend’s season opener.
“I am very confident in Trey, he’s done some good things since he’s got here. He definitely has leadership qualities, he still has some things he needs to work on but we all do. We’re excited about the direction he can take us.”
Junior college transfer running back Shawn Vasquez said he expects the team to come out strong and lay the foundation in game one for the rest of the season.
“From the football standpoint we expect to come out hard and set the tone for our season,” Vasquez said. “From the crowd we hope we get a big standoff for the gold out and hopefully a lot of people show up.”
The Lumberjacks, on the other hand, will counter the Javelinas with true freshman quarterback Robert Webber. Webber, while in high school, amassed videogame-like numbers during his four-year career at Corona Centennial high school.
Webber put up 8,205 yards and rushed for 1,457 yards to go along with 85 career touchdowns. Webber was named to the MaxPreps All-California first team his senior season.
Nick Ricciardulli of the Lumberjacks will return to the backfield after missing the majority of last season due to injury.