Football

Daren Wilkinson is the 10th head coach in TAMUK's history.

Less than 48 hours after winning the Division II National Championship as the offensive coordinator of Colorado State University-Pueblo, Daren Wilkinson was introduced to a jam-packed McCulley Hall as the 10th head coach in Javelina Football history.

Wilkinson has 17 years of experience in coaching in college football, from Division II to Division I. In his last two seasons with the Thunder Wolves of CSU-Pueblo, his teams ranked in the top ten of total offense. In 2013 his Thunder Wolves offense averaged 509.3 yards per contest with 42.7 points per game.

This past season, the Thunder Wolves put up 406.6 yards per game and 35.1 points per contest.

Wilkinson said that he wants to bring the winning tradition back to Kingsville, he noted that it’s going to take hard work in the offseason with a commitment to team football.

“To be able to have the privilege to lead this program, and to be the face of this program it’s an unbelievable honor. I’m excited for that challenge,” Wilkinson said. “It takes a commitment from everybody, in terms of work ethic, in terms of belief and in terms of trust with each other.”

Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics and Campus Recreation Scott Gines said that the hiring of Wilkinson is one that has superstar potential written all over it. Gines went on to say that Wilkinson’s strong Division II ties, player development and successful rebuilding experiences were key to hiring Wilkinson.

“I am confident we hired a great fit leader, who’s going to have comprehensive success in the classroom, scoreboard, community and on campus with our fans and donors.” Gines said.

Wilkinson went on to elaborate the importance of playing as a true team. He went on to say that this year’s team will be one that others will be cautious of playing this season.

“I promise you we’re going to play team football, we’re going to play football the way it is meant to be played. We’re going to be the hardest working crew on that schedule. We are going to be tough, we’re going to hit, block and tackle. That’s what football is.” Wilkinson said.

Wilkinson said that when it comes to changing the attitude with the current team coming off of two straight losing seasons, it’s going to take a total effort from the staff and the players beginning with the new year.

“Championships are not built in August or September, they’re built in January. That’s where the foundation is laid. Getting the team gelled as a unit starting in January In terms of winning games in December when you make a run in the playoffs.” Wilkinson said.

“Being accountable, that’s going to be a huge word our players are going to learn to understand, what it means to be accountable.” Wilkinson added.

Wilkinson’s first game as head coach of the Javelinas will come when they visit San Antonio to take part in a non-conference match up with NCAA FCS member University of the Incarnate Word on Sept. 5 at 7 p.m.

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Quarterback Trey Mitchell went 16-28 for 174 yards passing and added 93 yards rushing with two touchdowns in the Javelinas 41-16 victory over McMurry University.
Quarterback Trey Mitchell went 16-28 for 174 yards passing and added 93 yards rushing with two touchdowns in the Javelinas 41-16 victory over McMurry University.

The Javelina football team ended a season of disappointment on the right note, picking up their first conference win in their final game of the season with a 41-16 victory over the McMurry Warhawks on Nov. 15 for a seventh place finish in the 2014 season.

The Javelinas broke their eight game losing streak in the process while exacting revenge on the Warhawks who defeated the Javelinas earlier in the season at Wilford Moore Stadium 27-21.

Interim head coach Jaime Martinez said that he is proud of the way the team handled the game, especially the seniors.

“It is a great feeling to end the season with a win, especially for our seniors that have been influential for a number of years,” Martinez said. “Offensively, we were able to stick to our game plan and run the ball and control the clock.”

The Javelinas got on the board countering the Warhawks first touchdown of the evening, Joe Te’o scored in a 21 yard run to even the game up at 7-7 with 3:06 left in the first quarter. The drive took five plays, 35 yards and 1:49 off the clock.

The Javelinas went on to score 20 consecutive points against the Warhawks and took a 20-7 lead going into halftime.

Trey Mitchell added a seven-yard touchdown run on a two play, 17-yard drive with 8:20 left in the second half.

Chaz Adams scored his first career touchdown as time expired before heading into halftime off an 11-yard pass from Mitchell to make the score 20-7.

Joe Te’o added his second touchdown of the evening with a one yard run off a four play, 24 yard drive that gave the Javelinas a commanding 27-7 lead with 2:37 left in the third quarter.

Mitchell added his second touchdown run of the game with a six yard run in the middle of the fourth quarter to give the Javelinas a 34-9 lead to virtually put the game out of reach.

Martinez said that he was impressed with Trey’s performance against McMurry.

“Trey played well and our special teams forced a ton of turnovers,” Martinez said. “The defensive coaches really emphasized on playing physical and our guys played well.”

The Javelinas scored their final touchdown of the season when Shawn Vasquez rushed in for nine yards after a six play; 55-yard drive gave the Javelinas a 41-16 lead.

The Javelinas for the season averaged 17.5 points per game, they also averaged 176.1 yards per game and had a total rushing yardage of 1,937.

The Javelinas averaged 154.5 passing yards per game with a total passing yardage of 1,700. The team averaged 330.6 yards per game total and amassed 3,637 of total offense for the 2014 season.

Shawn Vasquez led the team in total rushing yards with 585; he had five rushing touchdowns on the season with 117 attempts.

Jordan Thomas led the team in receptions with 41 total and also led the team in receiving yards with 547 and touchdowns with three receptions.

Trey Mitchell on the year went 116-224 with 11 interceptions for 1,134 yards with three touchdowns. Mitchell added eight touchdown runs on the year and rushed for 582, second best on the behind Vasquez respectively.

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Javelinas' wide receiver Deondric Loftin catches a pass and attempts to blaze down the field.
Javelinas’ wide receiver Deondric Loftin catches a pass and attempts to blaze down the field.

BLACKWATER DRAW, N.M.—The Javelina football team now sits with a 1-9 overall record after bringing back another loss to Javelina Nation when they were defeated by Eastern New Mexico University at Greyhound Stadium, with a 61-7 loss on Nov. 8.

The Greyhounds were able to score their first touchdown with 7:50 left in the first quarter when Javelina defensive linemen Braedon Robinson received two penalties which helped the Hounds gain 10 yards. Then with 2:06 left, the Hounds scored again with a 7-yard E’lon Spight run.

In the beginning of the second quarter, the Hounds fumbled and the Hogs’ defensive back Tre Oliver gained his first fumble recovery of his two-year career as a Javelina. During that fifth possession, of the game the Javelinas still weren’t able to make it past the Hounds defensive line and the Greyhounds were able to put up three more touchdowns.

By the end of the first half the Javelinas found themselves in distress when ENMU’s E’lon Spight put up four of his five touchdowns with 103 rushing yards. He also broke a record for the Hounds by getting his 19th rushing touchdown of the season while the Hogs have 20 as a team.

Junior wide receiver Jordan Thomas said the defensive line had a tough time stopping Spight and the Greyhounds and the team just has to work on the little details in the game to propel to the next level.

“He’s pretty good, he broke two records. I feel like tonight our defense had a tough time but I feel like they did a good job of trying to contain him for as long as they can but the triple option that they run is pretty hard to stop throughout a whole game,” Thomas said.

After coming back from halftime the Hogs still weren’t quite ready to deal with the Hounds letting them put up two more touchdowns to give the Greyhounds a 34-0 lead.

Finally, late in the third the Javelinas found themselves scoring with a 13- play, 70- yard drive from Greg Pitre making the score 47-7 with 1:20 left.

This was the first time that the Javelinas scored against the Greyhounds all season but that one touchdown didn’t faze the Hounds one bit.

When the fourth quarter came the Greyhounds added two more rushing touchdowns defeating the Javelinas and leaving them in the dirt with a score of 61- 7.

This leaves the Javelinas with a 0-8 Lone Star Conference record and an eight game losing streak. However the season is not over for the Javelinas. They will play in their final game of the season against No. 7 McMurry University. Earlier in the season the Hogs had a close game with the War Hawks but still fell behind with a 27-21 loss.

Interim Head Coach Jaime Martinez said he is proud of his team because they are hanging in and trying but at the end of the day the Hogs have to start somewhere and they start with little things.

“At the end of the day pressure is something I really don’t consider, I care about the kids and I’m just trying to find a way to get these guys in a position to win a football game,” Martinez said.

“We got to go back next week and work; we got to go back and see what we did wrong against them the first time and I think they have a pretty good quarterback and we got to make sure that we are putting the ball in the end zone.”

The game against McMurry will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15 at Wilford Moore Stadium in Abilene, Texas. The game will begin at 7 p.m.

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The last time the two teams played, the War Hawks beat the Javelinas 27-21
The last time the two teams played, the War Hawks beat the Javelinas 27-21

The Javelina football team is entering their final game of the 2014 season with another rematch, this time against the McMurry University War Hawks.

The Javelinas return to Abilene, the site of the first meeting when they lost to the War Hawks by a score of 27-21 on Sept. 27. This time, both teams will be fighting for the seventh place spot in the Lone Star Conference.

The Javelinas enter this game with an overall record of 1-9 and an LSC record of 0-7. The Javelinas will be looking to exact revenge on their opponents, considering this will be the last time these two teams meet in football for quite a long time.

Last time against the Javelinas, the War Hawks took advantage of three interceptions: Two from starting quarterback Alex Rios, and one from Sebastian Taylor that sealed the deal and stopped the Javelinas attempt at a comeback victory with less than two minutes left in the ball game.

The War Hawks rushed for 170 yards total as a team and averaged five yards per carry against the Javelinas. The War Hawks also put up 213 passing yards and averaged 11.8 yards per pass.

McMurry overall had put up 383 total yards on 64 plays.

Quarterback Matt McHugh, a native from Ingleside, TX burned the Javelinas with his ability to scramble and improvise with his feet. McHugh went 17-29 for 202 yards and three passing touchdowns.

Chris Simpson led the War Hawks with 15 carries for 99 yards and averaged 6.6 yards per carry on the Javelina defense.

Paxton Grayer caused havoc against the Javelinas in the run and receiving department.  He had six rushed for 39 yards and one touchdown while adding five receptions for 24 yards and one touchdown.

Jeret Smith led the receivers with 65 yards and three receptions for one touchdown while Charles Agugua added 64 yards total receiving off three receptions and one touchdown, respectively.

The Javelinas as a team put up 227 yards rushing while averaging 4.5 yards per carry. They put up 177 yards passing for one touchdown from Jordan Thomas coming off the arm of quarterback Taylor. Overall they put up 404 total yards on 82 plays from scrimmage.

The Javelinas and the War Hawks kicked off this Saturday, Nov. 15 for seventh place in the LSC. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

Photo by Tracey Hernandez
The Javelinas started strong, but ultimately could not stop the Mustangs’ explosive offense.

The Javelinas trailed 10-7 at halftime this past Saturday against the Midwestern State University Mustangs, but unfortunately for them the Mustangs offense woke up and exploded for 38 straight unanswered points en route to a 48-7 blowout victory over the Javelinas.

The Javelinas saw their overall record fall to 1-8 on the season and their Lone Star Conference regular season record finish at 0-7 on the season. The Javelinas are currently on a seven game losing streak and a 13 game LSC losing streak and haven’t won a conference game since Nov. 10, 2012.

Senior wide receiver Musa Mahmud said that the team needs to keep their heads up as they head to the final two weeks of the season.

“At the end of the day we got to stay the course and continue to fight,” Mahmud said. “That’s one of the biggest things this season has taught me. At the end of the day I’m a Javelina with pride, despite everything happening, I’m playing for my teammates.”

The Javelinas started out the game trailing 3-0 before they found the end zone off a Shawn Vasquez five yard run gave the Javelinas a 7-3 lead with 12:53 in the second quarter.

The Mustangs started the second half trailing 10-7 and started the scoring with a Chauncey Harris 60 yards touchdown run that took two plays and 65 yards and gave the Mustangs a 17-7 victory with 14:28 left in the third quarter.

Just a couple minutes later receiver Statron Jones caught a 30-yard pass from Jake Glover that took three plays and 65 yards and took 1:31 seconds to give the Mustangs a 24-7 lead.

The Mustangs added their third touchdown in less than five minutes into the third quarter with a Don Jerry 19 yard run that took four plays, 56 yards and 0:43 seconds to give the Mustangs a commanding 31-7 lead.

The Mustangs added three more touchdowns on the evening to eventually take the game and earn them a playoff spot for the LSC championship.

The Javelinas as a team amassed a total of 96 rushing yards on 38 attempts and averaged 2.5 yards per carry.

The Javelinas passed for 51 total yards on 7-19 passing and averaged 2.7 yards per pass attempt.

The Javelinas put up a total of 147 offensive yards on 57 total plays run from scrimmage.

Midwestern State put up 351 yards on 54 attempts with Chauncey Harris leading the way with 17 carries on 171 yards and one touchdown. Chaz Adams led the receivers with three receptions for 26 yards on the evening.

Interim Head Coach Jaime Martinez said that mistakes caused the Javelinas to drop off from their play from the first half and that can’t happen against a team like the Mustangs.

“We let a couple things affect our play, we fumbled the kickoff and we let it snowball on us real quick,” Martinez said. “We can not let those things happen. We played good football in the first half. When you’re trailing it throws you off your gameplan.”

The Javelinas head to Eastern New Mexico for the first round of the LSC consolation playoffs; kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

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The Javelina football team finished up the Lone Star Conference regular season with a winless record of 0-7 with a 1-8 overall record.

The Javelinas find themselves in the consolation bracket of the LSC playoffs with the highest possible position being fifth place if they should win both of their games.

They will be in a rematch this weekend when they face the Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds at Blackwater Draw, New Mexico.

The Javelinas dropped their first game of the season to the Greyhounds with a final score of 31-0, the Greyhounds earning their first ever win at Javelina Stadium with that victory over the Javelinas.

The last time these two teams met, the Greyhounds used their dominant rushing game to neutralize the defensive strategy of the Javelinas. The Greyhounds totaled 290 rushing yards on 63 attempts in their first game of the season and totaled three rushing touchdowns.

E’lon Spight totaled 14 carries for 78 yards and one touchdown against the Javelinas in their first match up and he enters the game with 1,262 yards with 15 touchdowns on the year. He averages 140.2 yards per game.

The Greyhounds, in their first game with the Javelinas, only attempted 10 passes, but those 10 passes from Jeremy Buurma led to big plays for the Greyhounds. The Greyhounds averaged 25 yards per pass against the Javelinas and totaled 125 yards on the night of 5-10 passing for 1 touchdown.

On the season Eastern New Mexico is averaging 138.1 passing yards per game.

The receiving core of the Greyhounds consists of one threat and that man is Jacob Johnson. Johnson against the Javelinas had three receptions for 110 yards with one touchdown that came off a 75-yard pass from Buurma.

On the season Johnson has 24 receptions for 599 yards with 7 touchdowns. He averages 74.9 yards per game receiving.

The defense for the Greyhounds has been outstanding for the most part, only giving up 86.8 yards per game rushing and 275.1 yards passing per game. Their third down defense has been key for the Greyhounds only allowing teams to convert on 29 percent of third down conversions on the season.

Linebackers Seth Bailey and Benjamin Langford led them on the defensive side of the ball. Bailey enters the game with 60 total tackles and leads the team with four interceptions. Langford has 52 total tackles with two sacks and two interceptions on the year.

Overall the Greyhounds are giving up 29 points per game.

Interim head coach Jaime Martinez said the team is looking for a spark to end the season and he can’t wait for the team to play again this weekend.

“Right now, I just want to go and get back out there so these guys can have a chance to compete again,” Martinez said. “I think that is the best thing for this team right now is to get out and go compete, that’s what they’ve been doing all year. We just got to keep focusing on doing the little things right.”

The Javelinas kickoff vs. the Greyhounds this weekend Nov 8 at 7 p.m.

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Event though they lost the lead immediately to West Texas, the Javelinas fought back, scoring three touchdowns falling, 48-21. Here the Buffs are scoring one of 7 TDs
Event though they lost the lead immediately to West Texas, the Javelinas fought back, scoring three touchdowns falling, 48-21. Here the Buffs are scoring one of 7 TDs

CANYON—It didn’t take long for the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Javelina football team to exhibit the same old bad habits that have plagued them all season long.
Three plays into the game, West Texas A&M took the lead off a Preston Rabb pass to Xavier Amey for a 55-yard touchdown pass that gave the Buffaloes the lead 23 seconds into the game.
The Buffaloes didn’t relinquish the lead on the way to a 48-21 victory over the Javelinas. The Javelinas saw their overall record fall to 1-7 and their Lone Star Conference record to 0-6.
Interim Head Coach Jaime Martinez said that the penalties hindered the Javelinas on a few crucial drives in the game.
“Now, we are in a competitive game with a competitive team, just like we were last week. We still made some simple mistakes like jumping offsides or false starts,” Martinez said. “Those are drives that where we are driving the ball downfield and move the ball with ease, and we hurt ourselves.”
The Buffaloes took a 14-0 lead with a G.A. Mitchell 13-yard touchdown run that saw the Buffs drive 80 yards on nine plays with 3:42 left in the first.
The Javelinas answered back to bring the game to within a touchdown on a Joe Te’o 11-yard run off right tackle to make it 14-7 a minute into the second quarter.
The Buffaloes went on to score 24 unanswered points with a pair of Mitchell touchdowns sprinkled in between to take a commanding 38-7 lead.
The Javelinas got on the board with seven seconds left in the third quarter off a 49-yard run from Shawn Vasquez that saw him go off the right side of the line and use his break away speed to make the score 38-14.
The Javelinas added their last touchdown of the game when Alex Rios connected with Jordan Thomas on a 17-yard pass to the right corner of the end zone. It was Rios’ only pass attempt of the game as he came in to replace starting quarterback Trey Mitchell.
The Javelina offense totaled 458 yards on the day on 74 offensive plays run from scrimmage.
The Javelinas as a team rushed for a total of 301 yards on 46 attempts. Shawn Vasquez led the running backs with a career high 107 yards on 11 carries. Vasquez averaged 9.7 yards per carry.
Vasquez gave credit to his offensive line for his game performance.
“I just trusted my offensive line today, I was patient and worked on reading the defensive line,” Vasquez said. “On the sideline, coach was telling me to trust my blocks and trust the guys downfield.”
Vasquez added that he wants to see a pumped up crowd this weekend.
“Just stick with us and still show that Javelina pride that’s always been there,” he said.
Mitchell went 16-27 with two interceptions and passed for a total of 140 yards. Mitchell was sacked twice by the Buffaloes but he also had 78 yards rushing.
The Javelinas had a total of 157 yards passing.
Patrick led the receivers with eight receptions for 79 total yards. Jordan Thomas had three receptions for 49 yards with a touchdown.
“I played good today, but it’s not about me, it’s about the team,” LaFleur said. “We just got to get the little things like penalties and executing on certain plays and getting the right reads. We just got to keep staying positive and get to work for Midwestern.”
Trevor Pesek led the team with tackles and recorded his third consecutive double-digit game with 12 total tackles.
Linebacker Trevor Moses had 11 total tackles.
The Buffaloes on the other hand gashed the Javelinas in all three phases of the game. The Buffs totaled 502 total yards of offense with 306 through the air and 196 on the ground.
The Javelinas had 11 penalties for a total of 99 yards in the game.
Martinez said that the team felt they let one get away tonight and that was most frustrating for the team.
“The kids are playing hard though and that’s what hurts me the most, these kids are playing hard. I told them, at the end of the day we got to go back and continue to try and do the little things.”
The Javelinas take on the Midwestern State University Mustangs in the regular season finale. It is also senior night for 15 Javelinas who will be playing their final home game at Javelina Stadium.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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The Midwestern State University Mustangs are currently in a three-way tie for second place in the LSC. They enter the game against the Javelinas with the fourth best offense in conference.
The Midwestern State University Mustangs are currently in a three-way tie for second place in the LSC. They enter the game against the Javelinas with the fourth best offense in conference.

The Javelinas are fresh off a 48-21 loss to West Texas A&M and are currently on a six game losing streak when they take on the Midwestern State University Mustangs for senior night at Javelina Stadium.

The Mustangs enter the game with a 5-2 overall record and a 4-2 Lone Star Conference record. The Mustangs are currently in a three-way tie for second place entering the final weekend of LSC play. A win for the Mustangs would clinch a spot in the top of the LSC.

The Javelinas meanwhile will be looking to play spoiler this weekend and send out the 15 seniors on a high note.

The Mustangs enter the game as the fourth best scoring offense in the conference averaging 37.7 points per game.

Their passing attack ranks sixth in the LSC putting up 214.9 passing yards per game. Quarterback Jake Glover leads the Mustangs with 1,033 yards in the air with seven touchdowns and four interceptions on the season.

Glover is completing just above 50 percent of his passes with a mark of 50.7 percent.

Midwestern State is ranked second in the LSC in rushing yards per game with 271. The Mustangs have 1,897 yards total on the ground for the season.

Leading the backfield for the Mustangs is Dante Taylor. Taylor has 81 attempts for 579 yards. Jones is second in the LSC in total yards rushing.

Taylor averages 115.8 yards per game and 7.1 yards per carry.

Statron Jones, who has 22 receptions for 427 yards on the year for the Buffaloes, leads the receivers. Jones has four touchdowns and averages 61 yards per game.

The defense for the Mustangs enters the game ranked first in the conference giving up only 27.4 points per game.
They are ranked second in terms of total defense giving up 413.4 yards per game.

The rushing defense for the Mustangs ranks third in the conference giving up 175.1 yards per contest while the pass defense is in the middle of the pack ranked fifth, giving up 238.3 yards per game.

The defense also ranks first with 21 sacks total in the LSC.

Leading the defense in sacks is defensive linemen Cam Williams. Williams has 3.5 sacks and seven tackles for loss. He has 26 total tackles and nine quarterback hurries.

Interim head coach Jaime Martinez said the team will put everything on the line this Saturday to try and send the seniors out with a victory and highlighted a few players on the team.

“We have had some guys step up and they’ve done some good things, like Kamen Ruelas, my hats off to that kid. You are talking about a kid who put everything into this program,” Martinez said.

“He started out as a special teams player and he is still working his butt off. Henry Greathouse, Trevor Pesek, you are going to miss those guys. Those are program guys, those aren’t guys who are quick fixes, hired guns per say,” Martinez added.

“Those are guys who were here for four to five years. That’s what we want, that’s what we are looking for,” Martinez added.

The Javelinas kickoff against the Midwestern State Mustangs at 7 p.m. for senior night.

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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.

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Shawn Vasquez scored on a five-yard run in the third quarter against Angelo State, Saturday, at Javelina Stadium. He ended the night with 69 yards and a touchdown.
Shawn Vasquez scored on a five-yard run in the third quarter against Angelo State, Saturday, at Javelina Stadium. He ended the night with 69 yards and a touchdown.

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.