Sunday, November 19, 2017

Tom Savage throws for two touchdowns as Houston beats Arizona 31-21

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 19, 2017) Tom Savage (No. 3, shown right) earned the second win of his professional career as the Houston Texans (4-6) downed the Arizona Cardinals by the score of 31-21 at NRG Stadium in Houston. Savage completed 22-of-32 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns. He also carried the ball one time and was intercepted once.


The Texans scored first, 58 seconds into the second quarter, when Savage connected with Lamar Miller on a seven yard pass for the touchdown. Ka'imi Fairbairn kicked the extra point to cap the 89-yard, 12-play drive that lasted 6:59. The drive was the second possession of the game for Houston. The Cardinals came right back and scored eight minutes later. The Texans, on a  second-and-five play on the own 24-yard line, Savage was sacked by rookie defensive end Budda Baker, causing the Texan quarterback to fumble. Baker, who played his college ball at Washington, recovered the fumble. The Cardinals moved the ball the 17 yards, in two plays, to score their first touchdown. Blaine Gabbert completed a 20 yard pass to Larry Fitzgerald for six points. Phil Dawson converted the kicking extra point to tie the score at seven.


Savage turned over the ball again in the second quarter with 2:32 remaining in the first half, on a pass intended for Stephen Anderson. Patrick Peterson caught the off-target pass, giving the Cardinals the ball on the Texan 15-yard line. Two plays later, Gabbert connected Ricky Seals-Jones for the score. Again, Dawson tacked on the extra point to give Arizona a 14-7 with 1:48 left in the first half. The Texans took possession and drove the the field in nine plays to kick a 34-yard field goal; cutting the Cardinals' lead to 14-10 at the half.

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The Texans took the lead just short of four minutes into the third quarter when Savage hit DeAndre Hopkins (No. 10, shown left) deep on the left side for a 28-yard touchdown pass. Fairbairn added the extra point to give the Texans a 17-14 lead. Arizona rallied right back and scored seven minutes later on a Gabbert to Seals-Jones 28-yard pass and Dawson extra point. They added two more scored in the fourth quarter; a three-yard run and a 34-yard run; both by D'Onte Foreman. Fairbairn kicked both extra points to give him seven points for the day.


Forman carried the ball 1o times for 65 yards while Lamar Miller added 61 yards to the Texans' total on 22 carries and caught four passes for 22 yards and one TD. He currently leads the Texans with 162 carries for 604 yards and two touchdowns. Hopkins caught four passes for 76 yards and his single touchdown; pushing his season total to 62 receptions for 879 yards and nine TDs.

The Texans are averaging 26.7 points per game, which is sixth in the league. They are also averaging 350 total yards (12th), 221 passing yards (17th), and 128.5 rushing yards (6th). They will hit the road for their next two games; Baltimore on Monday, November 27 and Tennessee on Sunday, December 10. Their next home game will be against San Francisco on Sunday, December 10.



Saturday, November 18, 2017

HBU scores 33 points in season ending loss to Sam Houston State

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HUNTSVILLE, TEXAS (November 18, 2017) The Houston Baptist University Huskies tallied 415 yards of total offense and scored 33 points, in their best performance of the season in a 53-33 loss to No. 4 Sam Houston State University at Bowers Stadium in Huntsville on Saturday, The Huskies scored five times; once in each of the first three quarters and twice in the fourth, for their largest scoring performance of the season

Their first score was a 22-yard run by freshman quarterback Bailey Zappe, along with a Alec Chadwick extra point. The TD capped  a four-play, 47-yard drive that lasted 1:15. With 2:06 remaining in the second quarter, Zappe completed a two-yard pass to senior halfback Mev Ajdin for six points. Again, Chadwick split the uprights for the extra point; giving the Huskies 14 points as they headed to the locker room. In the third quarter, Zappe connected with senior running back Terrance Peters with a 23-yard pass for their third score. They added two touchdowns in the fourth quarter; a 12-yard run by senior wide receiver Isaiah Hall and an 11-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Jack Swenson to junior wide receiver David Racine. Defensively, senior linebackers Cody Moncure and Garrett Dolan led the Huskies with 11 and nine tackles, respectively.

Offensively, Zappe completed 12-of-23 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns. in addition to rushing for 25 yards on four carries. Hall tallied seven  carries for 90 yards with Swenson completed six passes for 71 yards. Senior wide receiver Ethan Fry caught four passes for 76 yards.

Peters finishes the season with 126 carries for 452 yards and three touchdowns while Fry 40 passes for  527 yards and two touchdowns. Zappe completed 150 passes for 1.548, yards and five touchdowns.  









The Bearkats  jumped out to a 26-7 lead after 15 minutes of play, In the first quarter, which lasted just over one-hour, Sam Houston tallied 229 of their XXX total yards.

Friday, November 17, 2017

North Shore down Deer Park 48-7; advance to Area Round

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DEER PARK, TEXAS (November 17, 2017) The North Shore Mustangs stampeded into Abshire Stadium in Deer Park and quickly showed why they are one of the dominant teams in the Houston area; downing the Deer Park Deer by the score of 48-7 in Bi-District action and as a results; advanced to the Area Round of the U.I.L. playoffs. 

The Mustangs put 21 points in the scoreboard in the first quarter and added an additional touchdown three minutes into the second quarter before the Deer could manage to get the ball into the end zone. The touchdown, a one-yard run by Broc Weidner, along with the Cameron Garner extra point were all the District 22-6A champion could muster. The Mustangs posted 519 yards of total offense, with 282 yards coming in the air, while holding the Deer to 228 yards in the air and only 19 yards rushing. Mustang starting quarterback Dematrius Davis completed all nine of his passing attempts for 241 yards and three touchdowns. while Zach Evans rushed six times for 110 yards. 



Sunday, November 12, 2017

Texas Southern Tigers drop hard fought game to Southern Jaguars, 33-7



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HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 11, 2017) The Texas Southern Tigers, despite putting up a valiant effort, could not contain the offensive strength of the Southern Jaguars; dropping a 33-7 decision in SWAC football action. The 6,000-plus fans at Houston's BBVA Compass Stadium witnessed the Jaguars push their season record to 7-3 (5-1 in conference action), while the Tigers fell to 1-8 (1-4 in conference). Southern holds on to a solid second place standing in the Western Division of the SWAC; behind No. 11 Grambling State. 


It took almost the entire first quarter before either team found the end zone. The Jaguars did it first, on a Herb Edwards 71-yard run with 56 seconds left in the quarter. The score capped a three-play, 90-yard drive that lasted only 57 seconds. They added two Cesar Barajas field goals; both late in the second quarter, of 30 and 18 yards to close out the first half with Southern leading 13-0.



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Southern came right out in the second half and picked up where they left off; scoring another touchdown after 3:29 of play. Quarterback Austin Howard found tight end Dennis Craig open, and hit him with a 10-yard pass for the score. It took the Jaguars 10 plays to  over the 75 yards to the end zone. They added an insurance touchdown when Demerio Houston returned a Donald Halsltead  TSU punt 74 yards for the score with two minutes left in the third quarter.

The Texas Southern Tigers scored 40 seconds into the fourth quarter to avert a shutout, when Elijah Odom rushed the final 11 yards of their 67-yard drive for their only touchdown of the game. Southern responded with another touchdown when freshman red shirt wide receiver Christopher Chaney, who was not listed on the depth chart, scored from two yards out.  Odem rushed for 118 yards on 23 carries and completed three passes for 50 yards.


Next up for Texas Southern is a Saturday, November 18 road trip to play Arkansas-Pine Bluff. 








Saturday, November 11, 2017

HBU Huskies fall short to Lamar fourth quarter surge.

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 11, 2017) The Houston Baptist University Huskies were leading a charmed life in the first quarter with two touchdowns within six minutes of each other. However, the Lamar Cardinals found the same charm late in the game; score two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to down the Huskies by the score of 23-16 at Husky Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Linebacker Garrett Dolan; in the next-to-last game of his college career; continued his stellar senior year, tallying 16 tackles. Fellow senior linebacker Cody Moncure contributed 11, with junior Kyle Bowling adding eight of his own. 

In the first quarter, the Cardinals had the ball, with a first-and-ten on the Husky 24-yard line. Quarterback Blake McKenzie attempted a pass; which was intercepted by Raphael Lewis, and return 98 yards for the touchdown. Alec Chadwick added the extra point to give HBU a 7-0 lead at the 12:35 mark of the first quarter. They added their second TD of the game when Lamar fumbled a punt return, giving the Huskies the ball on their own 13-yard line. LaDarius Dickens caught a Terrence Peters 13-yard pass for the touchdown with 6:38 remaining in the first quarter. On the extra point attempt, the Cardinals blocked the kick, with Rodney Randle, Jr. picking up the ball and returning it 97-yards for two points. Lamar got their first touchdown of the game with 40 left in the half on a four-yard run by Myles Wanza. Elvin Martinez kicked the extra point. At halftime, both teams headed the to locker rooms with HBU holding a 13-9 lead.The Huskies added a Chadwick 58-yard field goal in the third quarter, but it was not enough to compensate for the Cardinals' fourth quarter scores.

Sophomore Jesse Crebbe completed three-of-19 passes for 21 yards, while Terrence Peters completed one pass for 13 yards and one touchdown. In addition, Peters carried the ball 13 times for 72 yards with LaDarius Dickens added 13 carries for 72 yards.

The Huskies will close out the 2017 season with a Saturday, November 18 game against No. 4 Sam Houston State in Huntsville.

HBU Huskies close out regular season with 3-1 win over Southeastern Louisiana

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 11, 2017)  The Houston Baptist University Huskies closed out the regular volleyball season with a 3-1 win over Southeastern Louisiana at Sharp Gymnasium on Saturday. The Huskies dropped the first set 25-22, but rebounded to take the next three by the scores of 25-15, 25-21, 25-9. 

HBU was led by senior middle blocker Blair Gillard (La Grange, Texas) with 15.5 points while tallying 11 kills. Senior outside hitter Bailey Banks  (Missouri City, Texas)  added 14.5 points and 12 kills with senior outside hitter Jessica Wooten (Humble, Texas) contributed 14 points and 13 kills

For the Lady Lions, freshman middle blocker Sam Gomez (Manderville, Louisville) scored 13.5 points and had 10 kills with sophomore outside hitter Chloee Holden (Alvin, Texas) and sophomore Elyssa Purcell both scoring 10 points. Also, junior Lexie Torres (San Antonio, Texas) had 15 digs.

The Huskies will next play in the Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament on November 17-19 at the Dugan Wellness Center in Corpus Christi, against a yet undetermined opponent.






Clear Springs outlasts Clear Lake for 24-6A title

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WEBSTER, TEXAS (November 10, 2017) The Clear Springs Chargers scored two touchdowns in the first quarter in route to downing the Clear Lake Falcons by the score of 35-27 to  capture the U.I.L. District 21-6A football title at Challenger Columbia Stadium on Friday.
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The Chargers waste no time getting on the scoreboard, driving down the field on their first possession. They advanced to the one-yard line; with sophomore Garrett Rooker scoring on a quarterback keeper. With the successful kicking conversion by senior Seth Porter, the Chargers went up 7-0 halfway through the first quarter. After a three-and-out by the Falcons; Clear Springs took the punt on their own 49-yard line. Again, Rooker engineered a successful drive; this time for 51 yards for their second score of the game. He connected with senior wide receiver Peyton Sawyer, down the right side, for the touchdown. Porter again split uprights for the extra point to give the Chargers a 14-0 lead with 3:27 remaining in the first quarter.

The Falcons quickly rebounded from their 14-point deficit on their next possession. After the Clear Springs kickoff, Clear Lake the ball to the Springs 30-yard-line. Quarterback Shae Sulaunoa handed gave the ball to sophomore wide receiver Brendon Holmes and he headed for the end zone. After three attempts, he finally crossed the goal line with 38 seconds to go in the quarter. Junior Nathan Eastin added the extra point, and the Chargers lead was cut to seven.


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Clear Springs jumped right back into the mix; scoring on their very next possession, this time on a Todd Hudson II rush, to again give Clear Springs a 14 points lead. Both teams headed to the locker room at halftime with Clear Springs leading 21-14.

The Falcons scored six points in the third quarter on a 66-yard pass from Suiaunoa to senior wide receiver Ja'Kori Morgan at the 7:37 mark. Clear Springs responded three minute late with another Rooker to Sawyer pass; this time a 80-yarder. They added an insurance TD with 8:50 left in the game with a four-yard run by sophomore running back Isaiah Bibb. Clear Lake posted the final score of the game with 80 seconds remaining on a Suiaunoa to Mason pass. Porter connected on all five extra point attempts while Eastin was 3-of-4 on kicking conversions.

The Chargers (7-2) will host Pearland at 7 p.m., next Friday at Challenger Columbia Stadium in a Division I playoff battle while the Falcons (7-3) will entertain George Ranch in a Division II clash at 7 p.m., Veterans Memorial Stadium in League City.




Friday, November 10, 2017

Houston Dynamo, Seattle Sounders Western Conference Game Sold Out

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 10, 2017) A limited number of Standing Room Only tickets are all that remain for the Houston Dynamo's Western Conference Championships match against the Seattle Sounders scheduled for  Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at BBVA Compass Stadium. All reserved seats for the match have been sold out.

The match will be the second meeting in posts season for the two teams.  The two sides met in the 2009 Western Conference Semifinals, with the Dynamo advancing 1-0 on aggregate in the two-leg series thanks to a goal from Brian Ching, in the 96th minute of the second leg.

The Dynamo and the Sounders have met 16 times in regular-season action, with Houston trailing the all-time series 4-6-6. The teams met twice this season, with Houston capturing a 2-1 victory on Opening Day at BBVA Compass Stadium and Seattle garnering a 1-0 victory at Century Link Field on June 4.

The Dynamo closed the regular season with a record of 13-10-11 and 50 points, good for fourth in the Western Conference table. Seattle finished tied atop the West with a 14-9-11 mark and 53 points.

The Dynamo won the MLS Cup in 2006 and 2007, becoming the second team in league history to repeat as champions. Their 31 games played in the postseason are the most by any club since 2006 and their four MLS Cup Final appearances are tied for the most in the league over that time span. This is Houston’s seventh trip to the Conference Championship in its 12-year existence and first since 2013.


HBU hosts Lamar in final home game of season

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 10, 2017) The Houston Baptist University Huskies will host the Lamar Cardinals in their final home game of the 2017 season on Saturday, November 11 at Husky Stadium in Houston, Both teams post  identical records; 1-8 for the season and 0-7 in Southland Conference.  

The Huskies have outscored its opponents 50-30 in the first quarter this season. In addition, they have scored a touchdown on their opening drive three times and has led or been tied after the first quarter in seven of nine times. Senior wide receiver Ethan Fry had set new HBU records for receptions (36) and yards (451) with a pair of touchdowns and is the Huskies’ all-time leader with 96 catches for 1,343 yards. On Nov. 4, he posted the second 100-plus yard receiving performance in school history with 111 at #17 Nicholls.

Freshman running back James Brown recorded the sixth 100-plus-yard rushing performance, carrying 14 times for 118 yards and a touchdown in a 24-17 victory over Texas Southern. He opened the Huskies’ final drive with a 34-yard gain, then capped it with a 33-yard touchdown run that essentially put the game away. Brown earned STATS FCS National Freshman of the Week honorable mention for his performance.

Senior linebacker Garrett Dolan, who ranked second in the nation in tackles last year to earn AP and STATS FC All-America honors, has been named to the STATS FCS Preseason All-America Team, the Buck Buchanan Award Watch List for the nation’s top defensive player, the College Football Yearbook FCS Starting Lineup and was a Southland Preseason All-Conference First Team selection. Dolan has made 510 career tackles and is a three-time All-Southland pick.

HBU has 13 fifth-year seniors who have been with the program since it’s beginning: Terrell Brown III, Tyler Brown, Garrett Dolan, Ethan Fry, Danny Garza, Christian Guzman, Tyler Helaire, Austin Holley, B.J. Kelly, Kameron Lecoq, Cody Moncure, Eduardo Osegueda and Taylor Thompson

Senior linebacker Garrett Dolan ranks fourth all-time in FCS history with 510 career tackles. He leads the Southland and is ranked third nationally with 12.8 tackles per game.

Lamar leads the all-time series against HBU, 2-1, with the Huskies scoring their first-ever Southland Conference road win last year with a 24-17 victory over the Cardinals on Oct. 29 in Beaumont. HBU will hit the road to take on No. 4 Sam Houston State in the regular-season finale Saturday, November 18 at 1 p.m. at Bowers Stadium in Huntsville, Texas.


Sunday, November 05, 2017

Houston Texans pass starting QB role to Tom Savage after Watson season-ending injury

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 5, 2017)  With a few hours left before Houston faces the Indianapolis Colts, the talk among Texan fans is can backup quarterback Tom Savage fill the shoes left by injured rookie Deshaun Watson (shown right). Beginning at 12 noon CST, those in the stands at NRG Stadium and millions more watching on television will see if the success generated under command of their rookie quarterback, who was injured earlier in the week during practice, will continue with Savage.

Watson, who was having a remarkable rookie season, tore his ACL in a non-contact drill on Thursday. As a result, Watson is out for the season and Savage will take command of the Texans on the field. Texan staff quickly signed Matt McGloin to back up Savage and also were in the process of signing T.J. Yates to also serve in a back up role, according the ESPN's Dan Graziano and Jeff Dickerson.

Savage has seen limited action in 2017, playing in two games, completing seven passes (on 13 attempts) for 62 yards and no touchdowns. After playing four seasons with the Oakland Raiders (2013-2016), he was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles on April 10, 2017. He was released by the Eagles on September 1, 2017. In his four seasons in Oakland, he played in 13 games, started in seven, and was 171-of-277 for 1,868 yards and 11 touchdowns, while throwing 11 interceptions. 2017 will be Yates' third stint with the Texans; first playing from 2011 to 2013, and again in 2015. In 2016 he saw action in one game for Miami.

No matter what happens inside NRG Stadium on Sunday, the Texans and their fans are going to miss Watson in the backfield.









Saturday, November 04, 2017

Last minute TD by Nicholls State downs HBU 23-17

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 4, 2017) In a game that saw the HBU Huskies three seconds from going into overtime;  No. 17 Nicholls State threw a desperation pass that resulted in a touchdown; giving the Colonels a 23-17 win. The Huskies tied the score with on a 44-yard field goal by Alec Chadwick with 23 seconds remaining in the game. With the Huskies' kickoff, the Colonels moved the ball 53 yards in three plays for the score and the win.

Nicholls State scored first with a 50-yard field goal by Lorran Fonseca in the first quarter. HBU followed up  with a one-yard touchdown run by B.J. Kelly and a Chadwick extra point to give HBU a 7-3 after 15 minutes of play. The Huskies added another TD and extra point when Bailey Zappe connected with Ethan Fry on a nine-yard pass for the score while Chadwick added another extra point. That cloed out the first half scoring with HBU leading 14-6. The Colonels added safety and a rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter to tie the score at 17. before the Husky field goal and Nicholls touchdown in the final 23 seconds.

The loss drops the Huskies to a 1-8 record for the season and an 0-7 mark in conference play. Next up for HBU is a Saturday, November 11 game against Lamar on Senior Day/Military Appreciation Day at Husky Field.

They close out the 2017 season with a November 18 road game against Sam Houston State.


HBU downs Northwestern State Lady Demons 3-1; qualifies for SLC Volleyball Tourney

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 4, 2017) The Houston Baptist University Huskies punched their ticket to the Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament with a 3-1 win over the Northwestern State Lady Demons at Sharp Gymnasium on Saturday. The Huskies won the first two sets; 25-21 and 25-19, before dropping the third set 15-25. They rallied in the fourth set, narrowly outscoring the Lady Demons 25-23 to take the match and their ninth conference win.

The Huskies were led by middle blocker Blair Gillard, who recorded 11 kills five digs, five blocks and three assists. Fellow senior Bailey Banks, who plays outside hitter, had seven digs and seven kills, to go along three assists and a block.

Next up for the Huskies is a Thursday, November 9 match up against New Orleans, followed by a Saturday, November 11 game versus Southeastern Louisiana to close out the regular season. HBU will kickoff the 2017 Southland Conference Tournament on Friday, November 17 against a yet undermined opponent. The Huskies currently stand in fourth place in conference play, behind SFA (13-2), Central Arkansas (12-2), and Sam Houston State (10-4).

The Southland Conference Tournament will be hosted by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi at the Dugan Wellness Center. The first six matches will be streamed live on the Southland Digital Network with the championship game stream live on ESPN3. The winner of the Southland Conference Tournament will receive an automatic bod to the NCAA National Championship Tournament.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

HBU’s Season Ends at SLC Tournament

The Huskies fall to Central Arkansas, 1-0

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS (NOVEMBER 1, 2017)  The fifth-seeded HBU women’s soccer team lost a 1-0 decision in the first round of the Southland Conference championship tournament, falling to No. 4 seed Central Arkansas on Wednesday evening at Jack Dugan Stadium on the campus of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

In the 10th minute, Central Arkansas’ (11-9-0) Ashley Smith hit the post with a shot that was followed six seconds later by a Dayna Mounie shot that edged up to the goal line but stayed out of the net. Junior Sabriah Spencer recorded the first shot on goal for HBU (7-7-3) at the 13:48 mark.

Autumn Wildung had a dangerous shot deflected just wide of the goal in the 20th minute with the Bears responding by Mounie and Alex Moore putting a pair of shots on goal a few minutes later within a 40-second span. UCA forced Huskies’ goalkeeper Alanis Guevara into three saves in the first half, holding a11-6 advantage in shots.

In the second half, UCA subbed in Lauren Mercuri for Anna Hughes in goal and the Huskies forced her into three saves in the first 23 minutes but were unable to find the net. Central Arkansas broke the tie in the 74th minute when Maci Schoonover scored from the top of the box after a cross from Moore. With a shade under five minutes left in regulation, freshman Avery Cortez’s attempt from the left side was stopped by Mercuri, preserving the shutout for the Bears.

Six different Huskies put shots on goal with Wildung attempting a team-high three. For the match, HBU attempted 13 shots to the 20 attempts by the Bears. The Huskies held a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks. Guevara finished with five saves in the loss.

The loss eliminates the Huskies from of the SLC tournament and concludes the 2017 season.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Last minute field goal by Northwestern State leads to HBU loss

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (October 28, 2017) The Northwestern State Demons kicked a 36-yard field goal with three seconds remaining game to down the Houston Baptist University Huskies by the score of 10-7 at Husky Stadium in Houston on Saturday, October 28, 2017. After 55 minutes of scoreless football, both the Houston Baptist University Huskies and Northwestern State Demons scored in the final five minutes of regulation. The Demons took the final kickoff of the game; moving the ball 29 yards in five plays to boot the field goal and pick up their first Southland Conference win of the season.

The first three possessions by the Huskies ended with fumbles, but HBU found that fate swung back in their favor when the recovered a Demon fumble at the 10:28 mark in the second quarter. They began their fourth drive of the game on their own 40-yard-line. Being unable to secure the first down, the Huskies were forced to punt and give the ball back to Northwestern State. The Demons were also unable to capitalize on the possession when safety Nicholas Smith found himself in position to intercept a Clay Holgerson pass; returning it to the the Demon 31-yard-line. After three plays, the Huskies attempted a 50-yard field goal; which was low. Northwestern State took possession of the ball. They ended the drive with their own field goal attempt; which was wide left. With 1:11 remaining in the half, HBU took possession to close out the first half.

The second half was pretty much a continuation of the first half; minimal offense and mistakes on both sides. Nonetheless, both squads  tried very hard to find any weakness in their opponent's defense to get the ball over the goal line or between the uprights. The Demons finally would the opening with 4:55 remaining in the game when Chris Jones rushed up the middle for 23 yards and the touchdown for the score. Eric Piccione added the kicking conversion to give the Demons a late 7-0 lead.

HBU took the kickoff and began their drive on their own 29-yard line; driving 71 yards in 13 plays to tie the score; on a two-yard pass from Bailey Zappe to Terrance Peters with 1:05 to play. NSU took the kickoff and moved the ball down the field to kick the field goal for the win.



















Deer Park Lady Wildcats compete in Halloween Bash softball tournament

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DEER PARK, TEXAS (October 29, 2017) The Deer Park Lady Wildcats 8U softball team competed in the Deer Park Halloween Bash Tournament on Sunday, October 29, 2017. The tournament, which started on Friday, October 20 and continued on Saturday, October 21, before being postponed due to torrential rain fall in the Houston and Gulf Coast area.

In their first game of the tournament, the Lady Wildcats downed Deer Park Pink by the score of 7-2. They advanced to the second round of the tournament, and dropped a close 8-6 decision to the Deer Park Ravens.. The tournament was postponed at this point, with play being resumed on Sunday, October 29. Coming from behind in the middle innings with their hot bats, the Lady Wildcats close an early four-run gap by the Deepwater  Xplosion before dropping a 12-6 decision for their second loss of the tournament.

The Lady Wildcats' offense was led by the bats of Kiley Adams, Jazzy Garza, Aislynn Yummit, Madison Jones, Bella Stokley, and Kirstin Kelly

Emilee Mendoza,  Lexie Lorillard, Savannah Brown, Trinty Choate, Aaliyah Agan, and Kensley Hyland provided excellent defense during the tournament.

The tournament was hosted by Deer Park Girls Softball and played at the Deer Park Softball Complex on X Street in Deer Park.

The Lady Wildcats are coached by Jimmy Stokley and Chad Hyland.



Sunday, October 22, 2017

Houston Dynamo drive into MLS Playoffs with 3-0 win over Chicago Fire

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (October 22, 2017) The Houston Dynamo made the decision to take possession of their fate on MLS Decision Day; handing the Chicago Fire a 3-0 loss in the final regular season game for both teams at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston on Sunday, October 22, 2017. With the win, Houston end the regular season with a 13-10-11 record and as the number four seed in the Western Conference. They established a new club record with their 12th home victory and will host Sporting Kansas City in the knockout round on a yet undetermined date.

It did not take the Dynamo long to get on the scoreboard, and take an early lead. In the second minute, Leonardo took a long throw in from fellow defender Adolfo Machados heading the ball into the net past Chicago goalkeeper Richard Sanchez for the score. The goal was the second goal of the season for the 29-year-old Brazilian in his 30th game of the season.

They added an insurance goal halfway through the second half when forward Romell Quioto 's foot race with a Fire defender resulted in a left-footed shot from left side of the goal area. The shot gently rolled past Sanchez and put the Dynamo up 2-0. It was the Honduran's seventh goal of the season. Houston continued their offensive assault into the playoffs seven minutes later when midfielder Andrew Wenger; driving down the right side of the penalty area, connected with Mauro Manotas. The Colombian took the pass from Wenger and forcefully drove it in to the net, to make the score 3-0. Manotas stated, “I am thankful to God because I was able to start today. We had played a good game, we had run, we gave our all and created some chances. I was able to score on that play, praise God for that, but the most important thing is that the team won.”

Heading into the playoffs for the first time since 2013, the Dynamo will face a Sporting Kansas City squad that dropped their final game of the season to Real Salt Lake 2-1. The two playoff squads have faced each other twice in 2017. The first game on October 11, that was postponed from August 26, due to Hurricane Harvey, resulted in a 2-1 win for Houston. On October 15, they battled to a scoreless draw in Salt Lake City.

Dynamo head coach Wilmer Cabrera spoken with the press after the match about playing the next game in Houston.


“We feel good because we wanted to close the season winning at home because we’ve been strong at home. If you have to choose, you always choose to play at home no matter what. The players put a lot of effort during the game today, they knew it was important to win. Our goal was to win today at home and continue to show how strong this team is and how strong we have been doing it lately home or away. We needed to win those three points and we wanted to show the effort to get those three points. We didn’t know what was going to happen outside of the market because it was out of our hands. It looks like the results came in our favor and now we have to rest and we have to recover well, because we have a playoff game here at home and it could be Wednesday or Thursday.”




Saturday, October 14, 2017

HBU Huskies down Abilene Christian Wildcats 3-1 in Southland volleyball action


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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (October 14, 2017) The HBU Huskies rallied from a one-all tie after two sets to down the Abilene Christian Wildcats by the score of 3-1 in Southland Conference volleyball after at Sharp Gymnasium in Houston on Saturday, October 14, 2017. The win pushed the Huskies to 7-2 in conference play and 15-6 for the season. HBU took the first set 25-18 with the Wildcats evening the score at one-all; taking the second set 25-22. The Huskies came back to claim the win, taking the third set 25-23 and the fourth set 25-22.

Junior setter Madison O'Brien (Cleveland, Texas, Tarkington High School) led the Huskies with 11 kills on 14 attempts (.714) with senior outside hitter Bailey Banks (Missouri City, Texas, Elkins High School) tallying five service aces and 21 digs. Senior defensive specialist Hailey Erickson (Richardson, Texas, Prince of Peace High School) also accounted for 21 digs.

The Huskies are currently third in Southland Conference standing (.778, 7-2); behind first place Sam Houston State (1.000, 7-0) and second Stephen F. Austin (.857, 6-1). Next up for HBU is a October 17 road  match against Northwestern State. 


Saturday, October 07, 2017

Turnovers and Ineffective Offense trump SFA’s upset over Sam Houston

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By Devin Brooks
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Special for TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (October  7, 2017) Christmas came in October for the SFA Lumberjacks as the Sam Houston State Bearkats gifted them with multiple turnovers, but SFA wasn’t in a receiving mood.

As a result, 26,792 fans watched the SFA Lumberjacks fall to the Sam Houston StateUniversity Bearkats 27-16 Saturday afternoon at NRG Stadium in Houston. This was the 92nd edition of the Battle of the Piney Woods game and SFA secured their seventh consecutive loss after failing to convert on the Kats’ multiple blunders throughout the game.

SFA (2-4 overall, 2-2 Southland) forced four turnovers in the game that could’ve been devastating to the Bearkats, but SFA couldn’t capitalize on the Kats’ mistakes and that proved to be the story of the game. Sam Houston committed 13 penalties that totaled to 144 yards. They fumbled three times, twice on special teams, and threw one interception that lifted SFA out of the dark, but thanks to the ineffectiveness of SFA’s offense, the Kats won their seventh straight BOTPW game and now have a 54-35-2 record over the SFA during this 92 game rivalry.

Early in the first quarter the game was shaping up to be a classic blowout. Sam Houston jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter. Davion Davis, SHSU running back, scored the first touchdown of the game when he rumbled into the end zone from 10 yards out. Sam took 2:47 minutes to run eight plays that totaled 71 yards. Afterwards, quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe and kicker Tre Honshtein added to the lead making the score 17-0 in favor of SHSU after one quarter. Briscoe broke the career record for passing touchdowns (85) for SHSU after his first quarter touchdown pass. SFA gained 9 yards and SHSU gained nine first downs during the first quarter.

SFA came into the second quarter with a different mindset. Sophomore safety, Alize Ward, intercepted Briscoe’s pass and returned it for 52 yards setting SFA up inside the 20 yard line. Storm Ruiz, kicker, would make a 42 yard field goal giving SFA their first score of the game. On SFA’s next possession, Blumrick hooked up with Tamrick Pace for a 58-yard gain. That pass led to Blumrick jumping into the end zone from the one-yard line. That cut the SHSU lead to 17-10 with 3:19 left in the first half.

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SFA would go into the half down 20-13 after both team’s swapped field goals. After a bevy of miscues that included interceptions, ejections, fumbles and confusing challenges, the Jacks were in position to tie the game at 20 midway through the fourth quarter. Blumrick got the team into the red zone after he hooked up with receiver Frank Iheanacho for a 35-yard gain. Blumrick went through his progressions during the drive on the goal-line and threw a pass into the back of the end zone intended for Cody Williams, but Danzell Sims intercepted the potential game-tying TD pass and ended all hopes of a Lumberjack upset. SHSU would score late in the fourth quarter on a 26-yard TD run by Briscoe. The SFA defense was simply fatigued and Briscoe was able to slip away and score to dagger touchdown. Blumrick completed 18 passes for 205 yards. Pace caught 6 passes for 100 yards. Ward has recorded three interceptions on the season which ties for the most in the SLC.

SFA will gather themselves and take their talents to Conway, Arkansas. The Jacks will battle the eighth ranked Central Arkansas Bears. This game will be featured as the SLC Game of the Week and will be streamed live on ESPN3. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Estes Stadium in Conway.


Friday, October 06, 2017

No. 3 Deer Park Lady Wildcats advance to bracket play in 9th Annual Gabby Romero Benefit Softball Tournament

The Deer Park Lady Wildcats 8U Softball Team are the No. 3 seed for
bracket play in the 9th Annual Gabby Romero Benefit Tournament.
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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (October 6, 2017) The Deer Park Lady Wildcats kicked off the 2017 9th Annual Gabby Romero Benefit Softball Tournament at El Franco Lee Park in Houston, Texas in the 8U division with two games in pool play on Friday, October 6, 2017. In their first game of the evening, they dropped a hard fought 11-4 decision to Deer Park Orange. In the second game, against South Belt Green, they connected for four runs in both the first and second innings that led to a 9-5 win for Deer Park.

The Lady Wildcats showed a solid offense and defense against South Belt after overcoming the earlier loss to Deer Park Orange. Kiley Adams, Aislynn Yummit, Bella Stokley, Kensley Hyland, and Aaliyah Agan had stellar performances at the plate, while Emilee Mendoza, Jazzy Garza, Lexie Lorillard, Savannah Brown, and Trinity Choate showed excellent glove play in the field. In addition, Kiristin Kelly showed tremendous skill behind plate as catcher.

The Lady Wildcats continue the tournament on Saturday, October 7, 2017, as the No. 3 seed in bracket play, with a 6:45 p.m. start against No. 6 Pasadena Diamond Rippers. The Lady Wildcats are led by head coach Chad Hyland and assistant coach Jimmy Stokley.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Houston Texans score team-record 57 points in defeat of the Tennessee Titans

The Houston Texans assembled on the sideline, prior to kickoff, for the
National Anthem, and received thunderous cheers and shouts
of approval from the fans at NRG Stadium.
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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (October 1, 2017) In a game that saw no players kneeling during the National Anthem, the Houston Texas scored two touchdowns in the first quarter and went on to down the Tennessee Titans by the score of 57-14 at Houston's NRG Stadium on a beautiful Sunday, October 1, 2017 afternoon. The 57 points was a franchise record for the Texans and pushed their season record to 2-2 for the season. The 43-point  difference is also the largest margin of victory in a game in team history. The previous high was a 34-point drubbing at Tennessee on October 23, 2011.

It did not take long for the Texans to jump on the scoreboard, and in this case, capitalize on a Titan mistake during their first possession. On their first possession and a third-and-six play, Titan quarterback Marcus Mariota's pass, intended for Delaine Walker was picked off Andre Hal, who returned it ti the Tennessee 43-yard line. From that point, Houston rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson engineered a four-play, 43-yard drive that ended with a two-yard option rush by Lamar Miller. Along with Ka'imi Fairbairn's extra point, the Texans took a 7-0 lead at the 12:13 mark of the first quarter.

After a three-and out drive by the Titans, Houston took control of the ball for their second possession and promptly drove 76 yards in 11 plays for their second score of the game. Watson connected with DeAndre Hopkins on a short eight-yard pass for the score. Fairbairn again added the extra point push the Texans' lead to 14-0 after 9:46 of play.

Watson and the Texans continued to rack up points; kicking off the second quarter with a 16-yard pass to Will Fuller V for another six points. Fairbairn again converted the extra point, giving the Texans a 21-0 lead. The Titans finally got on the scoreboard in the second quarter when Mariota drove the ball 75 yards in five plays for their first touchdown; a 34-yard quarterback keeper. Ryan Succop kicked the extra point to cut the Texans' lead to 21-7. Houston responded with a 50-yard field goal by Fairbairn midway through the quarter to increase their lead to 17 points (24-7). The 50-yarder was this longest of the season and extended his team record streak of making his first seven kicks of his pro career.

In the final minutes of the first half, Mariota added six more point to the Titan's total with a seven-play, 75-yard drive that ended with another quarterback keeper; a two-yard run for the score. Succop added the extra point to bring Tennessee within 10 points of the Texans (24-14). After the ensuing kickoff and two penalties against the Titans, the second a 52-yard defensively pass interference call which gave the Texans a first-and-goal from the two-yard line. This time, Watson decided to imitate Mariota; keeping the ball and rushing the final two-yards for the score. Fairbairn kick was wide, giving the Texans a 30-14 lead when the half ended. The Texans' 30 first-half points are the second most in team history. The most points scored by Houston in the first half in 34 against Indianapolis on September 11, 2011.
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At the 6:54 mark in the third quarter, Watson (shown left) again connected with Fuller V on a 10-yard pass; to cap a 14-play, 75-yard scoring drive; along with Fairbairn's extra point; giving Houston a 37-14 lead. After the score, Tennessee replaced Mariota, who was reported as questionable with a hamstring injury,  with Matt Cassel. Cassel did little to improve the Titans' performance against the Texans; as Tennessee still had difficulty finding the end zone. Houston added an insurance touchdown and extra point with 11:25 remaining in fourth quarter, when Watson hit Miller with a eight-yard pass for the score. A little less than three minutes later, Fairbairn connected for 40-yard field goal. To add insult to injury; and the very next set of downs, Cassel, with a pass intended for Walker, was picked off by Dylan Cole and returned for a touchdown. Fairbairn added another extra point to his scoring total for the day; giving Houston a 54-14 lead.

Watson, in only his fourth game as a professional; completed 25-of-34 passes for 283 yards and three touchdowns. In addition, he rushed for 24 yards on four carries and one touchdown. He is the third rookie quarterback with four-plus touchdown passes and one-plus rushing TDs since 1950. Johnny Green first accomplished the feat in 1960; playing for the Buffalo Bills. Fran Tarkenton was the second rookie to achieve that status in 1961, for the Minnesota Vikings.

Miller led the Texans on the ground, carring the ball 19 times for 75 yards and one TD. In the air, Hopkins caught the ball 10 times for 107 yards and one touchdown. The Texans' 57 points were the most scored in a game since Green Bay scored 55 points against the Chicago Bears in Week 10 of 2014.