Coming off a 31-0 shutout loss to Eastern New Mexico, the Javelina football team will be hitting the road this weekend in search of their first Lone Star Conference victory against the Tarleton State Texans.
The Javelinas enter the game with a 1-4 overall record and a 0-3 LSC record. The Texans meanwhile have a 1-3 overall record and a 1-2 LSC record.
The Texans are coming off a 53-25 beatdown off the hands of first place team Texas A&M-Commerce and hope to pick up their first home victory against the Javelinas.
The Texans come in as a team averaging 27.5 points per game while giving up 36 points per game on the defensive side of the ball.
The Texans offense is led by junior quarterback Collin Strahan. Strahan has amassed 870 yards through the air to go along with five touchdown passes and two interceptions. Not only is Strahan dangerous through the air, he can also use his legs to his advantage with 249 rushing yards and three touchdowns on the ground.
Head Coach David Calloway said the Javelinas would have to work harder this week in practice in order to come away with a victory this weekend.
“They got all their returning starters back on offense, I think if you look at just pure record they’re kind of similar to what we are,” Calloway said.
“They didn’t envision themselves being in the position. Its always tough to go play up in Stephenville, so we are excited about that challenge.”
On the ground the Texans are led by running back Zach Henshaw. Henshaw has 280 yards on 58 carries with one touchdown on the season and is averaging 70 yards per ballgame.
Cody Burtscher joins Henshaw in the backfield with 166 yards on 31 attempts with two touchdowns and averages 41.5 yards per game.
Bubba Tandy leads the receiving core for the Texans; Tandy has 21 receptions for 347 yards and one touchdown. He is averaging 86.7 yards per game and 16.5 per catch.
Le’Nard Meyers is on the other side of the receiving core with 24 receptions and 273 yards with one touchdown. He is averaging 68.2 yards per game and 11.3 per reception.
On the defensive side of the ball for the Texans defensive back Devin Figures leads the team with 51 total tackles with two and a half tackles for a loss and one forced fumble.
Linebacker Marc Martinez is second for the Texans in tackles with 48 and two tackles for loss with one interception.
Calloway said that the Javelinas will play quarterback Trey Mitchell if he is healthy enough to go this weekend, if not it will be Alex Rios and Sebastian Taylor playing quarterback this weekend.
“He (Mitchell) practiced today, we’ll see how he responds in the morning,” Calloway said. “If Trey Mitchell is healthy he will probably be the starting quarterback. If he is not healthy it will probably be Rios, Taylor and we’ll take Quintanilla.”
Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. this weekend against Tarleton State.