It was late in the third quarter when the Javelinas defense held their ground, stopping Colorado Mesa on four consecutive plays from the one yard line, ensuring a 17-14 victory and snapping their nine game losing streak dating back to last season Saturday night at Javelina Stadium.
Head Coach David Calloway said after the game that it’s the defense’s job to make the tough stops, and that he is proud of the effort the team put in to the victory.
“We didn’t perform at a high level like we envisioned, but we got the victory,” he said. “The thing we did do is finish, we got the ball with five minutes left which you practice in four minute drills. We got some stops, forced some field goals and made plays.”
It was quarterback Trey Mitchell who got things started for Javelina offense on their first drive on the first play breaking away for a 67 yard run on a read option down the Mesa sideline to give the Hogs a 7-3 lead early in the game.
In the final minute of the first quarter, Mitchell added a three yard run for a touchdown, his second of the day to go along with his 100 rushing yards and 9-14 for 72 yard passing performance to give the Javelinas a 14-5 lead after a safety from the Mavericks.
Mitchell said the team played an overall better game than last week and that the team worked hard during practice this week.
“I feel good, I feel like we ironed out the issues we had last week, our discipline issues, we were cleaner in all phases of the game,” Mitchell said. “We got what we needed to get done this week with a good week of practice.”
The Mavericks added their only touchdown of the game when quarterback Aric Kaiser ran it in from two yards out to bring the score to 14-12 at halftime in favor of the Javelinas.
The second half was all about the defense for the Javelinas. They forced eight Maverick fumbles and recovered two of them. Cornerback Anthony Forker had a sack in the game as well as linebacker Mark Severe.
Severe had nine tackles with one and a half tackles for a loss. Defensive end Henry Greathouse led the Javelina defense with 12 total tackles and also had himself a fumble recovery.
Safety Trevor Pesek added nine tackles to the defensive effort and said that the team’s mentality was to win the ballgame.
“The mentality was to win. We came out in great condition,” he said. “We fought hard and played with a lot of heart and came out with the victory.”
“We just got to go over there and get another win, it’s time to get into conference play and get another win.” Pesek added.
Running back Joe Te’o led the running backs with 65 yards on the ground on nine attempts and had a pivotal part in the team’s final drive with a 21 yard scamper to extend the drive late in the fourth quarter.
The Javelina offense totaled 294 yards, with 222 yards rushing and 72 passing. The defense gave up 332 yards total, with 128 on the ground and 204 through the air.
The Javelinas start LSC play next weekend at the LSC Football Festival at AT&T Stadium against rivals Texas A&M Commerce Saturday, Sept 20. Kickoff is slated for 10 a.m.