The Javelinas came out of the gate with a sense of urgency taking a 10-0 lead against the Angelo State Rams on Homecoming night. That lead would not hold up, as the high octane Rams offense capitalized on turnovers and exploded for a 57-31 victory over the Javelinas.
The Javelinas overall record drops to 1-6 on the season while their Lone Star Conference record falls to 0-5 on the season. The Rams saw their LSC record improve to 3-2 on the season.
Interim Head Coach Jaime Martinez said his team needs to fix the mistakes that led to the defeat.
“We’ve got to continue to work on being disciplined,” Martinez said. “We are talking about being a family, a family stays together, and that’s what we are going to continue to do. All those things will fall into place.”
The Rams took advantage of costly turnovers from the Javelinas throughout the game.
After Deondric Lofton gave the Javelinas a 10-0 lead off a Trey Mitchell pass with 7:41 left in the first, the Rams marched down the field on a 10 play, 71 yard drive capped off by a Kyle Washington pass to Talon Smith for a touchdown, making the score 10-7 with 3:57 in the first.
On the next possession, Mitchell threw an interception that set up the Rams for the go ahead touchdown, this time it was Washington who used his legs for a six yard scamper into the end zone, giving the Rams a 14-10 lead at the end of one quarter.
With 9:34 in the second quarter the Javelinas were forced to punt from their own end zone, Rams returner Paul Mason took the Max Lehnig punt 41 yards to the house to give the Rams a 21-10 lead.
The Rams didn’t look back despite the Javelinas showing more of a fight in this game than the previous two weeks.
The Javelinas kept the game close when Mitchell took a quarterback keep 60 yards to bring the Javelinas closer to the Rams 28-17 with 2:19 till halftime.
Mitchell gave credit to some key blocking on his touchdown run.
“The running back pulled his fake great which pulled some guys towards him, once I got to the sideline I could see Deondric was driving his guy, I jumped out of a tackle. For a guy to manhandle a guy down the field is just pure effort,” Mitchell said.
Shawn Vasquez added a five-yard run to keep the game in reach for the Javelinas with the Rams leading 36-24 in the third quarter.
The Rams scored 21 consecutive points, closing out the game before the Javelinas added a touchdown in the last two minutes of the game on an Alex Rios one-yard touchdown run.
Trevor Moses said the defense came with a new sense of energy during the game. He also acknowledged that the defense still has things to improve on.
“We decided not to wait, we decided to go out there blitzing,” Moses said. “It set a tone for the defense, everyone was hustling, everyone was excited, and it’s the small things we have to work on.”
The Javelinas as a team rushed for 316 yards with 167 yards passing. The total offense for the Javelinas was 483 yards.
The Rams offense had 615 total yards against the Javelinas. The Rams had 360 passing yards to go along with 255 yards rushing.
Mitchell went 13-24 with two interceptions and 156 yards passing, he added 154 yards rushing with a touchdown.
Kyle Washington went 19:30 with one interception for 292 yards and four touchdowns, Washington added 45 yards rushing with two touchdowns.
Jordan Thomas had six receptions for 87 yards for the Javelinas. Linebacker Trevor Moses led the Javelinas in tackles with 17 total.
The Javelinas hit the road next week when they take on West Texas A&M in Canyon Oct 25. Kickoff is slated for 3 p.m.