By Kevin Harris
Asst. Sports Editor
The University’s football team kept their winning-season hopes alive as they move to 3-3 after blowing out Texas College 49-7 at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory’s Crusader Stadium Nov. 2.
Defense was key for the Huskies as they only allowed 238 offensive yards and forced four turnovers, including two interceptions and one fumble recovery by freshman defensive back Taylor Thompson.
The Huskies looked to strike quickly as they went on a 10-play, 75-yard drive, resulting in a four-yard touchdown run by freshman running back Craig Bell Jr. This put the Huskies up 7-0 in the first five minutes of the game.
Thompson made his presence well known as he stopped Texas College on their first possession by returning an interception 46 yards for a touchdown, putting the Huskies up 14-0 to end the first quarter.
The Huskies looked to keep their lead intact as they forced two quick three-and-outs in the early stages of the second quarter.
Following the second three-and-out, the Huskies started a 6-play, 36-yard drive, resulting in a nine-yard touchdown run from freshman running back B.J. Kelly. This put the Huskies up 21-0 with just fewer than four minutes left in the first half. Kelly had a total of 16 carries for 111 yards and a touchdown for the game.
On Texas College’s next possession, freshman quarterback Curtez Griffen led his team to the University’s 35-yard line before being intercepted by Thompson and taken back 38 yards to the opponent’s 37-yard line.
This started a 6-play, 37-yard drive that resulted in a one-yard touchdown run by freshman running back Larry Day, giving him his first of his two scores of the game. This increased the Huskies’ lead to 28-0 within the last two minutes of the first half.
The Huskies ended the second half when freshman defensive end Kameron Lecoq sacked Griffen, forcing a fumble that he also recovered at the Texas College 38-yard line with seconds remaining.
Freshman quarterback Ka’Darius Baker showed signs of delivering in the clutch as he threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to freshman wide receiver Wesley Lewis, ending the first half with the Huskies leading 35-0.
Texas College’s only score occurred early in the fourth quarter when Griffen led his team on a 15-play, 69-yard drive, resulting in a one-yard touchdown run by Griffen.
The Huskies look to finish their inaugural season off strong as they face Texas A&M-Commerce on Homecoming this Saturday, Nov. 9, in their season finale at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory’s Crusader Stadium.