On the night when kings and queens reign supreme, one team found out that may have been crowned a bit too early.
The Texas A&M Kingsville Javelina football team all but had their hopes for a post season dashed at the hands of Tarleton State 41-34 Friday night at Javelina Stadium after familiar slow-starting problems resurfaced.
“It was back and fourth,” Javelina head football coach Bo Atterberry said. “We control what we can and just continue to battle,”
AMK falls to 4-4(2-3 in conference) and have not won back to back games since starting the season 2-0 following a home win against Minot State back in September.
The Texans took advantage of two first-half turnovers by the Javelinas and turned them into 14 straight points and ironically enough scored the final 14 to end the game.
The Javelinas did not get on the board umtil the second quarter after Daniel Ramirez hooked up with Jake Willingham for a 24-yard score to end the drought.
Ramirez would finish the game 31-of-40 passing, two picks, 339 yards and two touchdowns.
AMK would score 24 points in the second quarter led by Ramirez who was 14-of-15 in the quarter for 173 yards and two scores and became the first quarterback in AMK history to pass for more than 300 yards in three consecutive games.
The Hogs would go into the half up 24-17
Ramirez and company took the first half momentum and scored on the opening drive with a 38-yard strike to Christian Taylor to give the Hogs their biggest lead at 31-17.
Taylor finished the night with four catches for 70 yards and a score
The Texans would get back in the game late and pull within four following an 11-yard score from Texan’s quarterback Nick Stephens to Clifton Rhodes and a Joe Serrano field goal to make it 31-27 with five minutes remaining.
A Matt Stoll field goal would make it 34-27 but a 49 yard Stephens touchdown to Jamal Mays tied the game up.
Stoll would be called on again but a bad hold would cause a field goal block and the Texans would punch it in for the go-ahead score after a Clifton Vaughn eight-yard score.
“I saw Joseph (Vela) get up and set back down again, it was a bad snap “ Atterberry said.
Vaughn went for 152 yards on 25 carries including the game-winning score.
The Javelina defense gave up 428 yards but forced two fewer turnovers.
Marquis Wesley had 11 tackles for the Javelinas and Dan Jackson had nine tackles and a forced fumble.
Randall Toney saw quite a bit of action and led the running attack with 68 yards on eiight carries.
The Javelinas will face Angelo State in San Angelo next Saturday at 7p.m.