By Kevin Harris
Asst. Sports Editor
The Huskies have encountered two straight losses as they suffered a 24-3 defeat to the Incarnate Word Cardinals Oct. 26 at Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium in San Antonio, Texas, for their final away game of the season.
HBU’s offensive game struggled to run the ball; they only recorded 45 rushing yards compared to Incarnate Word’s 195 rushing yards. Leading freshman running back B.J. Kelly was inactive due to injury.
The Huskies’ defense looked to be successful as they forced a quick three-and-out on the Cardinal’s first possession. However, the Huskies’ first chance on the offensive side of the ball was delayed as freshman wide receiver Ethan Fry fumbled the punt return.
Incarnate Word’s junior defensive back Kielyn Lewis recovered the ball at the University’s 33-yard line. Despite the given field position, the Huskies’ defense looked to prove itself as freshman linebacker Terrell Brown III sacked freshman quarterback Trent Brittain 18 yards back on a third down attempt at the Huskies’ 21-yard line.
This resulted in a 38-yard field goal by sophomore kicker Jake Wilcox, giving the Cardinals a 3-0 lead with eight minutes left in the first quarter.
Both defenses proved to be effective as neither team was able to score for the next 12 minutes. The drought ended when Brittain took the Cardinals on a 10-play, 82-yard drive that ended with Brittain completing a 31-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Clint Killough, increasing the Cardinals’ lead 10-0 with nine minutes left in the first half.
The Cardinals looked to run away with the game as they went on a 9-play, 88-yard drive on their next possession, resulting in a four-yard touchdown rush by freshman running back John Oglesby; this increased the Cardinals’ lead 17-0.
The Huskies were ineffective offensively in the first half of the game as they failed to score. However, the Huskies looked to make a possible second-half comeback as freshman quarterback Ka’Darius Baker led the team on an 11-play, 77-yard drive. This led to a Husky 19-yard field goal by sophomore kicker Travis Shinn, bringing the score to17-3 on the University’s first possession of the second half.
The Husky comeback seemed unlikely as Incarnate Word’s sophomore defensive back Troy Lara recovered a fumble at the University’s 36-yard line to kick off the fourth quarter. This resulted in a 6-play, 36 yard drive that led to a one-yard touchdown run by senior fullback Matt Bass, increasing the Cardinals lead 24-3 with 12 minutes left in regulation.
The Huskies look to end their season on the right foot at home this Saturday, Nov. 9, against Texas A&M-Commerce for Homecoming at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory’s Crusader Stadium.
For full statistics and play-by-plays of the University vs. Incarnate Word game, visit hbuhuskies.com.