The Javelinas will have a chance to redeem themselves when they battle the Colorado Mesa University Mavericks on home turf in the last non-conference game of the season.
The Javelinas, fresh off a season-opening loss against Humboldt State on Hall of Fame weekend, now have to contend with the Mavericks, who claimed victory against Dixie State University in overtime.
The Mavericks, who hail from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, finished last season with a 5-6 overall record and a 4-5 RMAC record.
Head Coach David Calloway said the team needs to clean up their overall play.
“Every week you got to work on stuff to try to get it to where you limit the amount of mistakes that you are making,” he said. “All phases of the game, we are going to continue to try and limit mistakes and continue to get our guys in the right situation to be successful.”
The Mavericks gained 417 yards against Dixie State, 286 of which were passing yards. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Aric Kaiser went 21-40 in the air with three touchdown passes.
The Mavericks’ lead running back is redshirt junior DJ Hubbard, who totaled 61 rushing yards on 16 attempts. In the return game, he put up 144 yards on two attempts.
Daniel Perse is the Mavericks’ receiving core. Perse led the Mavericks with four receptions for 103 yards and one touchdown.
Ricky Trinidad caught two balls for 59 yards versus Dixie State and is a threat on the outside for this Mavericks offense.
Calloway said Colorado Mesa would bring a challenge to the special teams of the Javelinas, but that his team will be ready for what Mesa brings to Javelina Stadium.
“They are explosive, they fight, they’re competitive. They do a lot of movement and blitzing to try and force you into situations,” he said. “Offensively their kick-return game is special, so we got to get ready to go to work.”
The Javelinas and the Mavericks kickoff week two of Division II Football this Saturday Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.