Fresh off a 27-21 defeat from the hands of the McMurry War Hawks, the Javelinas find themselves squaring off with the 2013 co-champion of the Lone Star Conference, the Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds.
The Javelinas enter the game on a two game losing streak with their overall record sitting at 1-3 and 0-2 in the LSC. The Greyhounds come into the contest with a 2-2 record and a 0-2 LSC record.
This game is vital for both teams who are currently tied for last place in the conference.
Head coach David Calloway said that with Mitchell ruled inactive and Alex Rios sitting out for personal reasons that the quarterback position is an open battle this week leading up to the game.
“Sebastian Taylor is taking reps right now along with Darrow Adams and Travis Quintanilla,” He said.
The Greyhounds come into the game averaging 291.2 yards per game on the ground and lead the LSC in rushing yards per game.
They’re powered by two senior running backs, E’lon Spight and Jordan Wells.
Spight gets the majority of the workload for the Greyhounds with 102 attempts on the season to go along with his 445 total yards on the ground.
Spight has four touchdowns and averages 111.2 yards per game with 4.4 yards per carry. Wells has 40 attempts on the season for 217 yards while averaging 54.2 yards per game with zero touchdowns.
Overall the Greyhound offense averages 33.8 points per game with 475 yards total offense per game.
Redshirt junior quarterback Jeremy Buurma leads the Greyhounds on offseason.
Buurma has completed 33 out of 74 pass attempts with two interceptions for a completion percentage of 47 percent. Buurma has 736 passing yards on the season with 8 touchdowns; he averages 184 yards through the air and has 104 rushing yards on the season.
Redshirt senior Jacob Johnson leads the receivers; Johnson enters the game with 17 receptions for 445 yards and five touchdowns on the season. He averages 111 yards per game.
The defense of the Greyhounds allows 50 yards per game rushing and 311 yards yards passing per contest.
They give up a total of 361.8 yards total per game and are limiting opponents to only 25 percent (13-51).
The Javelinas come into the game averaging 18 points per game with 310 total yards per contest.
The Javelinas average 139 yards passing and 171 yards rushing per game.
Leading the Javelinas in rushing is sophomore Greg Pitre; Pitre has 206 yards on 48 attempts with zero touchdowns.
Patrick LaFleur leads the receiving with 177 yards on 14 receptions and one touchdown.
Safety Trevor Pesek leads the defense with 37 total tackles with one sack and one forced fumble. Calloway said facing a team that runs the ball a lot always leads to a tough grind-it-out game, something he expects to take place Saturday.
“It’s tough because you don’t see it in practice and you can’t simulate the tempo in practice. The two ways you try to be ready to prepare against that offense is you have to be ready to play a tough game,” he said.
“They’re going to be tough they come at you everyway. Second thing you have to do is play assignment football, you better be ready to play assignment football for 60 minutes.” Calloway added.
The Javelinas face off against the Greyhounds Saturday Oct. 4 with kickoff scheduled for 7 P.M.