The Texas A&M University-Kingsville Javelinas ran hog wild in the home opener at Javelina Stadium, defeating the McMurry University War Hawks 52-32.
The story of the game was the Javelinas’ ability to amass 529 yards rushing the ball against a McMurry defense that played tough throughout the game. The Javelinas had three players rush for over 70 yards each. Leading the way in the rushing category was Greg Pitre a freshman from Hutto,TX. Pitre led the way with 180 yards rushing on 10 attempts, averaging 18 yards per carry.
There was one play in particular where Pitre broke free and took the ball 89 yards to the end zone to give the Javelinas a commanding 35-0 lead with 9:47 left in the first half.
Pitre knows that it was a total team effort, including advice from his coaching staff.
“For the most part it was a great effort from everybody, I just want to praise my offensive line and all the offensive guys and the defense for doing what they did,” Pitre said. “We had run the same play earlier and I had cut it up to quickly, I just took the coaching that they gave me and kept stretching it out and sure enough the cutback it was wide open and I just ran from there.”
It was in the first quarter where the Javelinas showed their dominance jumping out to a 14-0 lead after a pair of Cornelius Shackleford touchdown runs. Shackleford would finish the game with 10 carries for 83 yards in his first action of the season.
The following possession would find the Javelinas on defense when junior defensive lineman Victor Castro would work his way around the tackle and find the McMurry quarterback throw the ball right to him. Castro proceeded to intercept the pass and take it 20 yards for a touchdown which put the Hogs up 21-0.
“It was a great feeling, I just came off the tackle and did what coach teaches us pick your hands up and always have your hands up to defend the pass and that’s what I did,” Castro said. “It landed in my hands I was surprised and I just took off with it,”
McMurry University got as close to 17 points from the Javelinas as they tried to make any sort of comeback attempt but it was not enough. A 46 yard touchdown scamper from Pitre and a four yard Aaron Bueno run at the end of the game would secure victory for the Javelinas as they improved their record to 3-0 overall.
Head Coach David Calloway was pleased with the overall offensive performance his team displayed throughout the game.
“I think it was a total offensive effort, not just blocking by the line but the receivers down field as well. Had good fakes, made good decisions on when to hand the ball from the quarterback and when to pull it,” Calloway said. “We saw what we could do when we get our guys working on the same page. Alignment, assignment, and execute.”
Pitre said he knows the importance of this game, but also is aware that this is not the ultimate goal for the Javelinas.
“The biggest thing Coach Calloway talks about it every time we raise the bar once we can meet that bar he raises it a little more,” Pitre said. We kind of never really reach it; the championship is our ultimate goal. We just take it one week at a time and get better every week.”
The toughest challenge of the season so far looms in the shadows as the Javelinas take on nationally ranked West Texas A&M in the Lone Star Conference opener for both teams.
Coach Calloway knows the intensity must be picked up once LSC play comes around.
“Anytime you get ready for Lone Star Conference play you got to elevate your play every week, it’s a conference where you got to bring your A-game every Saturday. We will check this one out and get evaluated and we will start working for next week.”