SAN ANGELO–The Texas A&M University-Kingsville Javelinas suffered defeat at the hands of the Angelo State Rams 49-28 at San Angelo Stadium in.
The loss for the Javelinas drops their overall record to 2-7 and 0-6 in the LSC standings. This was not just an ordinary loss, but a historic one. The loss to the Rams insured a seven =-game losing streak, the first seven-game losing streak in the history of the Javelina Football program.
This loss also guarantees a winless LSC season for the Javelinas, yet another first in the program’s history.
The game started out in the Javelinas favor. Caleb Bedford led the team down the field with a seven play 70-yard drive capped off by a two-yard Robert Armstrong touchdown which resulted in a 7-0 Javelina lead with 12:18 left in the first quarter.
Things would go downhill for the Javelinas from that point forward, The Rams would go on to score on back to back possession with a pair of Kyle Washington passes connecting with receiver Quinn Reels one for 17 yards and the other for 20 yards making the score 14-7 in the rams favor going into halftime.
The turning point of the game came when the Javelinas received the ball just after halftime. It was third and 14 from the Javelinas own 18-yard line when Caleb Bedford was intercepted on a pass intended for tight end Derek Tesch. Jonathan Family of the Rams made the interception and proceeded to take the ball 21 yards for the touchdown making the score 21-7 in favor of the Rams.
The 14-point deficit was too much for the Javelinas to come back from in the ball game.
Robert Armstrong set another all-time record in Javelina history, needing three touchdowns to break Glenn Starks and Dwight Harrisons record for most receiving touchdowns in Javelina history.
Armstrong got his first touchdown of the night on a five-yard slant pass from Bedford with 6:51 left in the third quarter making the score 21-14 with the Rams leading.
Armstrong tied the all-time record with 2:59 left in the game on a 18 yard pass from fellow senior Dean Brantley which made the score 42-21. The touchdown was Armstrong’s 30th of his career.
The record-breaking touchdown came with 31 seconds left in the ballgame. The Javelinas marched all the way down the field to the five-yard line when Dean Brantley connected with Armstrong on a five yard fade route making the score 49-28 and giving Armstrong 31 touchdown receptions and counting for the all-time receiving touchdowns record.
Armstrong finished the game with 11 receptions for three touchdowns and 124 yards with his longest reception of 41 yards. Armstrong also added a rushing touchdown to give him four on the day.
Armstrong said the touchdown record means a lot to him but it’s even more special that his college roommate threw him the pass.
“The record was great for me, it made it even better that a guy that I came in with four years ago Dean Brantley threw it to me we are roommates almost like brothers,” Armstrong said. “It was a great thing I was excited the scoreboard didn’t turn out how I wanted but I was excited it was bittersweet.”
Head Coach David Calloway said his team would fight hard and make sure the seniors try and go out with a win in the last game of the season.
“We want to send these guys out the right way with a win, we are going to fight regardless that’s something people need to understand regardless we are going to fight with who we got and try to finish the season out,” Calloway said.
“Everybody from top to bottom, coaches, support personnel, player’s I’m not worried about that part of it. We got to continue to try and execute to put plays together and put ourselves in a situation to win a game,” Calloway added.
The Javelinas return home to Javelina Stadium for the season finally and senior day against the defending National Champions Valdosta State. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. Nov. 16.