LSC football roundup — Sept. 17

Compiled by LSC sports information staff

Angelo State 20, Central Oklahoma 0

Dekkar Williams had an interception and a forced fumble to help lead Angelo State to its first shutout since 2002 in a 20-0 win over Central Oklahoma at San Angelo Stadium on Saturday.

The Rams (3-0) forced four Bronchos’ turnovers, and limited UCO (0-3) to just 275 yards of total offense. Junior captain Alvin Johnson led Angelo State with eight tackles and a pass breakup, while defensive end Wayne Blackwell recorded 1.5 sacks.

Angelo State struggled to establish anything offensively, as the Rams netted just 56 yards in the first quarter. Despite the offense idling for most of the half, sophomore quarterback Blake Hamblin put together a 10-play, 78-yard drive that resulted in a Jarred Martin field goal to end the first half. ASU took a 3-0 lead into the break.

In the second half, the Rams offense began to click, putting up 138-yards in the third quarter. Hamblin completed a 46-yard pass to Joey Knight to give ASU a 10-0 lead with 7:50 left in the quarter. Hamblin, a sophomore from Rowlett, finished the day 17-for-33 for 245 yards and a touchdown.

After another Martin field goal, ASU running back Tristan Carter punched in the Rams’ final touchdown. The Tucker, Ga., native’s 3-yard run gave Angelo State a 20-0 edge. Carter finished the day with a game-high 57 rushing yards.

Central Oklahoma quarterback Ethan Sharp went 29-of-52 for 263 yards and two interceptions. His favorite target was tight end Bryce Davis, who caught seven balls for a game-high 89 yards.

The undefeated Rams will face No. 3 Abilene Christian on Sept. 24, in Abilene for the Wildcats home opener.

Eastern New Mexico 28, Oklahoma Panhandle 19

Sophomore safety Jayson Serda returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown to close out a 28-19 win for the Eastern New Mexico University football team (1-2) against Oklahoma Panhandle State (0-3), Saturday night at Carl Wooten Stadium.

OPSU seized a 10-7 lead in the second quarter on a 20-yard run by Josa Mendoza, but the Hounds answered with a six-yard touchdown reception from Darian Dale and a one-yard plunge from Tony Valenzuela to take the lead for good and hold a 21-10 edge at intermission.

Serda took the kick off to open the second half at the Greyhound 11-yard line and broke an 89-yard return to solidify the Hounds’ lead. Oklahoma Panhandle scored the only 10 points of the second half, scoring a touchdown with 1:10 left to pull within nine points. Their two point conversion failed and Eastern recovered the ensuing onside kick.

Valenzuela rushed for a season-high 89 yards and a touchdown, while Wes Wood connected for 224 yards and two touchdowns. Lane Wood paced the defense with eight tackles. The Greyhound defense allowed a season-low 69 rushing yards after allowing an average of 318 yards over the first two games.

The Eastern New Mexico University football team will return to Lone Star Conference action next week, when they host Tarleton State. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. MST.

Lamar 45, Incarnate Word 35

Incarnate Word took a step up in divisions Saturday night only to lose a road game at Division I Lamar by a count of 45-35 highlighted by an explosive first period.

That first quarter was a celebration of offense as the two squads took turns slugging the opposing defense and both sides did it quickly as UIW, out of Division II’s Lone Star Conference, stood toe-to-toe with Lamar in front of a crowd of 15,367.

Lamar scored first in just 3:01 off the clock. UIW then scored in 2:33 to even the count at 7-7. Lamar went 64 yards in three plays in just 1:02 before Incarnate Word scored in 1:25 highlighted by a 34-yard scamper by running back Trent Rios. In the next 3:47 Lamar scored again and at the end of the first period led 21-14. Lamar took 7:50 of clock time for its three scores while UIW consumed 4:18 for 14 points.

Lamar ran up 21 more points to lead 42-20 before Incarnate Word got on the board in the fourth on Lynch’s second sneak of the night. On the point after holder Dominic Hamilton tossed the ball to kicker Thomas Rebold and it was 42-28. On the ensuing kickoff UIW’s Wade Roark covered a miffed catch and two plays later Lynch snuck in again and it became a game again at 42-35.

Neither team could strike offensively before a late field goal from Lamar’s Justin Stout sealed the game.

As the offensives dominated Lamar totaled 469 yards led by quarterback Andre Bevil went 14-19-1 for 226 yards and two touchdowns. Mike Venson rushed the football 20 times for 90 yards and one score.

For Incarnate Word Rios got his second straight game as the contests leading rusher. He carried 23 times for 120 yards and two scores. A week earlier he gained 202 in the win over Eastern New Mexico. Lynch finished with 21 of 28 for 203 yards with one interception.

Texas State 38, Tarleton State 28

The Tarleton football team took on Division I opponent Texas State Saturday night in San Marcos, but were disappointed after a Bobcat second half handed the Texans a 38-28 loss.

Tarleton got off to their usual fast start, and turned their first drive into a 44-yard field goal conversion by Jerry Owens on a drive that went five plays, 41 yards and 57 seconds.

Texas State responded with a 53-yard field goal of its own, but took almost five minutes to do so.

Before the first quarter would end, the Texans would get another three points on a 40-yard field goal from Owens. Neither offense would threaten the end zone as both defenses held firm.

In the second quarter, the Bobcats would breach the goal line first at the 13:52 mark with a Franks 7-yd rush, making it a 10-6 ball game.

Both teams settled in defensively, as the next 10 minutes saw quick drives and long starting fields.

Tarleton broke the stalemate at the 2:29 mark with Owens’ third field goal of the game, this time a 38-yarder.

Texas State turned their next drive into a field goal after 10 plays and 62 yards, leaving 21 seconds on the clock.

The Texans were not done though, and Owens hit his fourth field goal of the half from 26 yards out as Tarleton entered the break down 13-12.

As the third quarter got underway, the Bobcats took over deep in their own territory. Tarleton’s defense stepped up big and gave the Texans a 14-13 by forcing a safety.

Another seven minutes ticked off the clock before Franks broke open the game with a two-yard rush, followed by a two-point conversion, giving the Bobcats a 21-14 lead.

It was once again Tarleton’s turn to attempt a comeback, and they did just that at the 1:54 mark when Roddy Green caught his first touchdown as a Texan on a 23-yard pass from Nick Stephens. That capped off an 11 play, 80 yard drive that took 4:54.

The Texans’ lead would not last long though as Texas State’s Tim Hawkins slipped through the Tarleton defense for a 54-yard touchdown run on the second play from scrimmage. The score put the Texans down 28-21.

The Bobcats would strike twice more in the fourth quarter, once on a 37-yard field goal and again with a 31-yard run by Franks, his third score of the game. That put Tarleton in a big hole, down 38-21 with precious time ticking away.

Tarleton’s rally started with 2:10 left in the game when Evan Robertson scored from two yards out, to make it a 38-28 ball game.

But for the third straight week, time was not in Tarleton’s favor as the Texans fell to Texas State 38-28.

Overall, Tarleton amassed 301 yards total offense, compared to Texas State’s 341 yards. The Texans had 256 yards through the air and 45 yards on the ground.

Stephens led way with 21-of-41 passing, 256 yards and a touchdown. Robertson controlled the running game with nine carries, 54 yards gained and a score.

Green marked the third 100-yard game for a Texan receiver this year, catching seven passes for 123 yards and a score.

Special teams were a big part of Tarleton’s effort, with Owens averaging 44.3 yards per punt on six kicks and converting all four of his field goal attempts.

Defensively, Desmond Jackson and Marquis Wadley both had 10 tackles, while Wadley also contributed two tackles for loss.

Tarleton drops to 0-3 on the year. The Texans will get a shot at their second Lone Star Conference opponent of the season when they head to Portales to face Eastern New Mexico next Saturday at 3 p.m. Central.