Javelinas look ahead to next conference game against Buffs in Canyon

Javelinas look ahead to next conference game against Buffs in Canyon

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The Hogs fell to the Buffs 69-7 last year in Javelina Stadium.
The Hogs fell to the Buffs 69-7 last year in Javelina Stadium.

Fresh off a homecoming defeat to the Angelo State Rams 57-31 in front of a rampant home crowd that was energized throughout the game. The Javelinas now find themselves traveling to Canyon to take on the West Texas A&M University Buffaloes (4-3, 3-2).

The Buffaloes are coming off a devastating loss to the Texas A&M Commerce Lions 48-21 in Commerce.

The Buffaloes lost a chance to claim a piece of the Lone Star Conference regular season title, while Commerce clinched at least a share of the LSC championship.

The Buffaloes enter the game averaging 32.7 points per game and are giving up a total of 29.7 points per game on the defensive side of the ball.

Leading the backfield for the Buffaloes is G.A Mitchell. Mitchell enters the game against the Javelinas averaging 109.3 yards per contest. The Buffaloes as a team put up 161.6 yards rushing per game.

The passing attack of the Buffaloes is where they put up the bulk of their yards. The Buffaloes are putting up 278.3 yards per game passing and are being led by quarterback Preston Rabb.

Rabb is completing 61.8 percent of his passes while amassing a total of 1900 yards for the season. Rabb has 12 touchdown passes to go along with two rushing touchdowns. Rabb has thrown six interceptions on the season.

The receiving core of the Buffaloes are led by two receivers who can stretch the field for big plays.

Anthony Johnson leads the receivers with 45 receptions, and he also leads the team with 673 receiving yards. Johnson averages 96.1 yards per game and has four touchdowns on the season.

Jeremy Watson is second on the team with 34 receptions. He is also second on the team with 516 yards. Watson leads the Buffaloes receivers with five touchdown receptions and averages 73.7 yards per game.

On the defensive side of the ball linebacker Carter James leads the Buffaloes. James leads the team with 87 tackles. He has 38 solo tackles to go along with 49 assisted tackles. James has eight tackles for loss and three sacks.

Linebackers Patrick Youngblood is second on the team with 67 total tackles. Youngblood has four tackles for loss and two sacks on the season.

Interim head coach Jaime Martinez said the team needs to work on discipline in order to be prepared for this high powered Buffalo team.

“I’ll tell you what, we better be ready because that’s a good football team,” Martinez said. “They throw the ball well, and we got to continue to work on being disciplined.”

Kickoff against the Buffaloes is slated for 3 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 21.

James Espinosa
Sports Editor

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