Sunday, September 24, 2017

Steelers to remain in locker room during the National Anthem

By Robert H Kelly
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PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA (September 24, 2017) It is being reported by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the Pittsburgh Steelers will be staying in the locker room during the national anthem before there game today against the Chicago Bears. Head coach Mike Tomlin stated in an interview with NFL on CBS,:
“We’re not participating in the anthem today, not to be disrespectful. Instead, the team will 'remove ourselves from the circumstance' because “people shouldn’t have to choose. These are very divisive times times for our country. For us as a football team, it’s about remaining solid."
He also added:
“We’re not going to play politics. We’re football players, we’re football coaches. We’re not participating in the anthem today. Not to be disrespectful to the anthem, but to remove ourselves from this circumstance. People shouldn’t have to choose. If a guy wants to go about his normal business and participate in the anthem, he shouldn’t have to be forced to choose sides. If a guy feels the need to do something, he shouldn’t be separated from his teammate who chooses not to. So we’re not participating today. That’s our decision. We’re going to be 100 per cent. We came here to play a football game. That’s our intent.”

Houston Dash drop heart breaker to Chicago Red Stars, 3-2

Rachel Daly (3) scored her fourth goal of the season, in
the 86th minute, for the Houston Dash.
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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (September 23, 2017) In their final home game of 2017, the Houston Dash (7-13-2, 23 points) fell behind in the first half, but their second half rally was not enough as they fell to the Chicago Red Stars (11-6-6, 39 points) by the score of 3-2 on Saturday evening. The 6,707 fans in the stands at BBVA Compass Stadium saw Houston hold the Red Stars scoreless in the second half, but their two goals were not enough to overcome Chicago's three-goal first half.

The Red Stars jumped on the scoreboard in the 13th minute when forward Jennifer Hoy took a cross from defender Casey Short and scored on her own rebound for the first goal of the game. They added their second goal seven minutes later when Short scored from a short angle after Dash goalkeeper Jane Campbell allowed a corner kick to slip through her hands. Four minutes later,
Chicago's Yuki Nagasato react to
her red card in the 89th minute.
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Houston cut the Chicago lead to one when defender and team captain Amber Brooks converted a penalty for the goal; her first of the season. The Red Stars got back the two-goal lead in added-time of the first half when forward and captain Christian Press converted a penalty kick. Houston scored their second goal in the 85th minute, from forward Rachel Daly, with an assist from midfielder Kristie Mewis.

In the 89th minute, Chicago midfielder Yuki Nagasato received a red card for a hard take down of Daly. She entered the game three minutes earlier as a substitute for Alyssa Mautz. Nagasato She will not be eligible for the Red Stars next weekend, but wiill be available for the playoffs.

After the game,  Dash interim coach Omar Morales was quoted, "There were times in the game we played really well. There were times in the game we didn't play very well. There is an old Western movie 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.' There was a lot of that."

Houston was still without the services of Kealia Ohai and Carli Lloyd. Ohai is out with a torn ACL in her left knee and Lloyd is suffering from a left ankle strain.

The Dash have two remaining games in 2017; a Wednesday, September 27 match up against the North Carolina Courage at H-E-B Par in Edinburg, Texas. When asked about the Dash playing their next game in Edinburg, Morales responded:

“Yeah I mean it’s a decision that was made and we can’t control it, so we have to go down there and play in Edinburg and make the best of it and make it a home game and make it as much of a home game as we can with inside of the locker room and with the players and make sure that we come out and perform in the way that we performed at certain times tonight. I think if we do that we will get a result.”

Houston will finish the regular season in Kansas City with a 5 p.m. EDT game against FC Kansas City on Saturday, September 23.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

HBU travels to Lake Charles to face McNeese State in SLC football action

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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (September 23, 2017) The Southland Conference showcases Saturday evening with four football games on tap: headlined by the HBU Huskies facing the McNeese State Cowboys in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The Huskies (1-2) are coming off a 24-3 loss to Abilene Christian last Saturday night (September 16) while the Cowboys (2-1) downed Alcorn State 34-27 on the same day.

Freshmen lead the Huskies  in nearly every offensive category, with quarterback Bailey Zappe (shown right) completing 44-of-86 passes for 481 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Running back James Brown has carried 25 times for 163 yards and a  touchdown, while receiver Dennis Houston has made 12 catches for 124 yards. Senior receiver Ethan Fry leads in receiving yards with 150 on eight catches, including a touchdown, while senior running back Terrance Peters has added 138 rushing yards and a score. 

Senior All-America linebacker Garrett Dolan jumped back into the top 10 nationally in tackles by breaking his own school record with 19 tackles last week at Abilene Christian. He is tied for ninth with 11.3 tackles per game and is the career active leader in the FCS with 429 stops. Senior linebacker Cody Moncure is second on the team with 26 tackles and junior defensive end Johnavhon Graham leads the Huskies with 2.0 sacks. Sophomore safety Nicholas Smith has made two interceptions this season and junior cornerback Raphael Lewis has five pass breakups.

McNeese quarterback James Tabary was named this week’s SLC Offensive Player of the Week after he threw for 344 yards and four touchdowns, including the game-winner with 26 seconds left on a 33-yard strike, in a 34-27 win at Alcorn State. He also garnered STATS national player of the week honorable mention honors for his play. The SLC award is the first for Tabary in his career and the first for a McNeese quarterback since Daniel Sams received the honor in November of 2015. It’s the second time in his McNeese career (14 games) that Tabary has thrown for four touchdowns in a game. He tied a school record last year against No. 1 Sam Houston State with 5 TD passes.

In other SLC action, SFA (1-2) faces Abilene Christian on the road while Nicholls (2-1) travels to Huntsville to play Sam Houston (2-0). In Hammond, Louisiana,  Lamar (1-2) meets Southeastern Louisiana.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Houston Texans fall in season opener to Jacksonville

Tom Savage (3) was 7-of-13 for 62 yards against the Jaguars.
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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (September 10, 2017) The Houston Texans could not not get the offense and defense operating on the same page as they fell to the Jacksonville Jaguars by the score of 29-7 at NRG Stadium in Houston. 

Quarterback Tom Savage started the game, completing 7-of-13 passes for 62 yards while being sacked six times. Deshaun Watson took over and went 12-of-23 for 102 yards along with being intercepted once. De'Andre Hopkins caught a four-yard touchdown pass from  Watson in the third quarter to cap a 14-play, 75-yard drive that lasted 5:51.  Ka’imi Fairbairn made the extra point attempt to complete the Texans' scoring. Hopkins was quoted in his post-game meeting with the press: 

"It’s the name of football. You have to make adjustments on the go. We did some things in the second half that were better than the first half.”
Rookie Deshaun Watson (4) saw action in the game.
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Texans head coach Bill O'Brien decision to replace Savage with Watson was questioned after the game. He responded,

“Right now we’re just trying to figure it (out). We have a quick turnaround here, so we have a lot of film to watch, a lot of things to get caught up on. The decision to go with Deshaun (Watson) really didn’t have a whole lot to do with – it had more to do with could we find the spark? Could we find somebody that could maybe make a play, that could escape the pocket? Things like that. I thought that Tom (Savage) really hung in there and played very tough. We had a hard time protecting him. So, I just made the decision to go with Deshaun.”

J.J. Watt talked about his performance in his first game since September 22, 2016. 

“Terrible. No other way to put it. Terrible. So, there’s only one way to go from here and that’s up. Can’t play much worse. Very excited that it’s a Thursday night game coming up and we get a chance to go out there and play football again very soon, because you don’t like to let a taste like this sit in your mouth for too long.”

Houston will travel to Cincinnati to face the Bengals on Thursday Night Football in Week 2.

Dash playoff hopes dashed with 1-0 loss to Courage

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By Lou Roesch
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CARY, NORTH CAROLINA (September 9, 2017) The Houston Dash despite recent moves designed to better the team have gone for naught. Saturday night on the road in North Carolina, the Dash lost yet another match. The 1-0 fixture was the team’s third consecutive loss for a side that has already endured a six game losing streak this season. The opposition clean sheet was the tenth against the Houston side in 21 games.

Kristen Hamilton’s goal in the 26th minute provided the margin of victory for the Courage as they notched win number 15, one shy of tying the league record set by Seattle in 2014.

The shutout by the Courage was their 11th of the season tying the NWSL league record set by the 2013 FC Kansas City. With two games left, NC keeper Katelyn Rowland has eight clean sheets in 2017 is just two off the mark set by Nicole Barnhart in 2013.

While the reigning NWSL champions clinched a home playoff game, the loss effectively began the wait till next year dream for the Dash (7-12-2).

Houston has three games remaining including a postponed home match due to Hurricane Harvey with the Courage and another home match with the Chicago Red Stars on September 23rd before closing out the season at Kansas City on September 29th.

Houston Dynamo head coach Wilmer Cabrera post-game presser vs Colorado Rapids

Stoppage-time goal by Colorado Rapids sinks Houston Dynamo 1-0

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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (September 9, 2017) After 90-plus minutes of heated and spirited play, the Colorado Rapids scored a single goal in second half stoppage-time to down the Houston Dynamo by the score of 1-0 on Saturday evening, September 9, 2017 at Houston's BBVA Compass Stadium. In a game that paid tribute to Houston, rescue personnel, and television and radio broadcasters who gave of themselves during the flooding and aftermath of Hurricane Harvey; the players and fans honored what has become known at "Houston Strong."

Prior to the game, the Dynamo were 10-8-8, with 38 points, while Colorado were 6-16-4, with 22 points. Houston head coach Wilmer Cabrera talked about losing to a lower ranked team.

“It just happens. We can talk about excuses, but you know what? We haven’t played in like two to three weeks. The guys were traveling. The hurricane, we had to travel and practice away maybe that affected that. We cannot make excuses. We thought we played well, but we didn’t played well. They fought and they found a goal and that’s it. Where they good with possession? No. We had the ball, we weren’t good with our possession because possession without purpose is not good. We had the possession without the possibilities, not great possibilities and that’s the reality. We have to understand that and we have to move on for the next game."

Colorado's goal came in stoppage-time from forward Dominique Badji, with an assist from forward Stefan Aigner on a counterattack, as the Dynamo threw numbers forward in search of a game-winning goal of their own. The loss snaps a 12-game home unbeaten streak for Houston, the longest-such streak for the club since a league-record 30-game home unbeaten run from 2011-13.

Goalkeeper Tyler Deric was quoted (after the game) about the game  being a lesson with the past events in Houston. 

“I think there’s a lot of positives to take away from this game. We didn’t play our best, we weren’t clicking, but I thought we played well. Just a little off, but other than that we fought hard. We worked hard and the team is going to stick together. We are united moving forward and we are really excited to get to San Jose next weekend.”
Houston will return to the pitch on Saturday, September 16 when they hit the road to face the San Jose Earthquakes.

Friday, September 08, 2017

Clear Lake outlasts Texas City 28-21

Jo'Vel McDaniel rushed for 101 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns for Texas City.
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By Robert H Kelly
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TEXAS CITY, TEXAS (September 8, 2017) Clear Lake quarterback Shae Suiaunoa threw for two touchdown and tallied 285 yards of total offense as the Falcon downed Texas City by the score of 28-21 at Stingaree Stadium in Texas City on Friday, September 8, 2017. The Falcons scored two touchdowns in the first quarter before Texas City was able to get on the scoreboard late in the second quarter. The Stingarees scored a touchdown in both the third and fourth quarter, but it was not enough to stop the Falcons. Clear Lake also put TDs on the board the in the third and fourth quarter to close out the scoring.

The Falcons scored their second and fourth touchdown on carries by Brendon Holmes. The sophomore wide receiver carried the ball 14 times for 80 yards and the two TDs. Jo'Vel McDaniel rushed for 101 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns for Texas City. Next up for Texas City is a September 15 match up against Dickinson on the road. Clear Lake will also hit the road for a September 14 game against Fort Bend Clemens.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Late surge come up short for TSU Tigers in 24-17 loss to HBU Huskies

Jay Christophe completed 14 passes and 261 yards for TSU
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By Kristina MacKay
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (September 8, 2017) After having to reschedule the Labor Day Classic, the TSU Tigers had their football home opener at BBVA Compass Stadium on Thursday, September 7, 2017 and after a hard-fought contest, ultimately fell to the HBU Huskies, 24-17. TSU and Aaron Cuevas got the scoring 261started with a field goal late in the first quarter but HBU immediately answered with a 60-yard touchdown scored by Ethen Fry.  TSU’s defense was put to a major test but fought back, forcing HBU to punt seven times but the Huskies were tough and caused the Tigers to punt nine times in return. 

HBU quarterback Bailey Zappe scored a touchdown along with Ethen Fry and James Brown, who scored late in the fourth quarter to secure the win. Tiger quarterback Jay Christophe appeared to have trouble with clock management early in the first half, letting the play clock run to zero. The coaches were forced to call time outs twice within 40 seconds of each other to avoid delay of game penalties. He got into the flow eventually and ended up running for a touchdown himself as well as a late push in the final minute where he sent a nine-yard pass to Darvin Kidsy; who ran it into the end zone. With the unsuccessful attempt at an onside kick, the Huskies took a knee and let the clock run down the final seconds. They played well, but in the end, it wasn’t enough. The Tigers have a bye week this coming week and then they’re off to play Alabama A&M on the road.

Texas Southern Tigers fall to cross-town opponent HBU Huskies

Bailey Zappe completed 16-of-32 passes for 248 yards,
the second-most in HBU history.
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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (September 7, 2017) The Houston Baptist University Huskies pushed their 2017 season record to 1-1 with a 24-17 win over the Texas Southern Tigers at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston on Friday, September 7, 2017. In the two times the Huskies and Tigers faced each other, HBU has come out on top, including a 24-20 win in 2016.

The Tigers got on the scoreboard first with a 27-yard field goal by Aaron Cuevas to cap an eight play, 81-yard drive to take an early 3-0 lead after 8:15 of play. HBU responded 22 seconds later, on the first play from scrimmage after the kickoff and return, when quarterback Bailey Zappe found Ethan Fry open down the field and connected with the senior wide received for a 60-yard pass for six points. Alec Chadwick added the kicking conversion to give the Huskies a 7-3 lead. TSU regained the lead with 2:08 left in the first half when Jay Christohe carried the ball the final one yard for the score. The quarterback keeper play completed a two play, 62-yard drive to go to the locker room with a 10-7 lead at halftime.

After some serious give-and-take play in the third quarter, HBU took back the lead at the 6:13 mark of the third quarter; with a one-yard run by Zappe for the Husky's second TD of the game. Chadwick converted for the extra point to move the score to 14-10 in favor of HBU. They added a field goal with 7:18 to go in the game when Chadwick booted a 36 yarder to give the Huskies a seven point lead (17-10). The Huskies added an insurance touchdown and extra point on a 33-yard rush by James Brown and another Chadwick kick with 2:12 left in the game. The Tigers put together a seven-play, 75-yard scoring drive to close out the game scoring with 23 seconds left in the game.

Zappe completed 16-of-32 passes for 248 yards, the second-most in school history, a touchdown and an interception for the Huskies.  Brown carried 14 times for 118 yards while Fry caught three passes for 88 yards and a touchdown.

Senior linebackers Garrett Dolan and Cody Moncure each had eight tackles for HBU. Junior cornerback Raphael Lewis made five tackles and broke up four passes, while senior safety Taylor Thompson had four tackles and a key interception. Senior punter Christian Guzman averaged 44.0 yards on seven punts, with six of them landing inside the 20.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

BBVA Compass Stadium to host HBU vs Texas Southern in college football

Texas Southern and HBU faced off in 2016 at Husky Stadium.
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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (September 5, 2017) On Thursday, September 7, 2017, the Texas Southern Tigers will kickoff their 2017 hurricane delayed home season when the host crosstown opponent Houston Baptist University at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Tigers will be taking to the gridiron for the first time in 2017, having their season opener against Prairie View A&M postponed due to Hurricane Harvey.

Texas Southern is coming off a 4-7 season in 2016 with a 2-7 Southwestern Athletic Conference record while the Huskies posted a 4-7 record in 2016 and a 3-5 Southland Conference record. Last season, the Tigers and Huskies faced off for the first time in both program's history. HBU came away with a 24-20 win at Husky Stadium. Both teams are 0-1 in 2017, with the Tigers falling to Florida A&M by the score of 29-7 on August 26. Playing at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos, Texas, the Huskies dropped a 20-11 decision to  Texas State on September 2, 2017.

HBU will be led by senior linebacker Garrett Dolan. The 6-2, 240 pound Barbers Hill (TX) High School product had 135 tackles in 2016 and is a three-time all-conference selection. The Tigers are led by quarterback Jay Christophe, who missed last season with an injury.

Texas Southern head coach Michael Haywood is entering second season at the helm of Tigers, posting a 4-7 record in 2016. Previously, Haywood was the head coach at Miami (Ohio) posting a 9-14 record for two years. HBU head coach Vic Shealy is entering his fifth season guiding the Huskies. He has posted an 11-29 record with at HBU. 

Monday, September 04, 2017

HBU Volleyball hosts Prairie View A&M Tuesday

From HBU Media Relations Press Release

HOUSTON, TEXAS (September 4, 2017)  HBU looks to remain undefeated when it faces Prairie View A&M in a non-conference volleyball match Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Sharp Gym. The Huskies will not play again at home for three-and-half weeks before the their Southland Conference home opener against Lamar on Sept. 28.

The video broadcast with Russ Reneau and former HBU setter Kayla Armer will be available on

Senior outside hitters Bailey Banks and Jessica Wooten lead the way for HBU (4-0), with Banks averaging 3.20 kills and 2.80 digs per set and Wooten averaging 2.93 kills and a team-leading 3.80 digs per set. The Huskies’ other three starting attackers – redshirt freshman right side Ashtyn Richey, senior middle blocker Blair Gillard and junior middle blocker Kayla Davenport – are each averaging more than two kills per set, with Gillard also posting 1.00 block per set. Freshman setter Abby Gargus paces the offense with 10.38 assists per set, while also chipping in with 2.31 digs per set. Senior libero Hailey Erickson anchors the back row with 3.79 digs per set.

PVAMU has yet to play a match this season after not traveling to North Texas for its season-opening tournament scheduled for Aug. 25 and 26 due to Hurricane Harvey, then postponing its home match against HBU last Tuesday.

The Huskies head to San Marcos for the Crests & Creeds Classic, where they will take on UMass Lowell in the opener at 11 a.m., followed by UTSA at 5 p.m. Friday. HBU then faces host Texas State in the finale Saturday at 5 p.m.

Houston Cougars name 2017 football captains

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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (September 4, 2017) On Monday, February 4, 2017, the Houston Cougars named their team captains for the 2017 football season. The selection was based off a player vote. Junior defensive back Garrett Davis and senior receiver Steven Dunbar, along with senior linebacker Matthew Adams and senior running back Dillon Birden were chosen to lead the Cougars both on and off the field.

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Dunbar, who hails from Metairie, Louisiana, tallied five touchdowns and 53 receptions for 692 yards last season. Adams led the Cougars with 82 tackles (57 solo) along with two forced fumbles. Davis, appeared in 26 games in his first two season for the Cougars; including starting in 12 of 13 games in 2016. Birden, who joined the program in 2016, led Houston with six rushing TDs and recovered two fumbles.

Dillon Birden
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After having their first game of the season postponed due to Hurricane Harvey, the Cougars will kick off the 2017 season with a Saturday, September 9 road game against Arizona. The Cougars and the Wildcats have played twice before. In their first game, on October 11, 1969, Houston came out on top by the score of 34-17. Their next match-up came 17 years later, on September 6, 1986, with Houston dropping a 37-3 decision. Both games were played in Arizona.

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Houston will play their first home game on Saturday, September 16 against cross-town rival Rice. They have played each other 40 times with the Cougars hold a 29-11 advantage. The last two times Houston and Rice  played; in 2012 and 2013, the Cougars have come out on top. On September 29, 2012, they posted a 35-14 win and on September 21, 2013, the downed the Owls 31-26. Both games were played at Reliant Stadium (now NRG Stadium).

Sunday, September 03, 2017

HBU Huskies fall to Texas State Bobcats in hard fought contest

HBU true freshman Bailey Zappe was 21-of-34 for 199 yards against Texas State.
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By Robert H Kelly
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SAN MARCOS, TEXAS (September 2, 2017) The HBU Huskies jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead in the first quarter, but the Texas State responded with 20 unnswered points as the Huskies dropped a 20-11 decision to the Bobcats at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos, Texas on Saturday, September 2, 2017. The 15,560 fans in attendance saw HBU dominate offensively much of the first half, but a stubborn Texas State defense shut down the Huskies during the second half.

The Huskies wasted no time getting on the scoreboard at the start of the game. After stopping the Texas State initial drive, HBU took possession of the ball and drove 71 yards in seven plays for their first score of the 2017 season. Running back Terrance Peters carried the final one yard to give the Huskies six points. The 5-9, 190-pound senior rushed for 574 yards and four touchdowns his junior year. They added three more points to their total when Alec Chadwick booted a 33-yard field goal with 58 seconds remaining in the first quarter. The field goal capped an 11-play, 70-yard drive that lasted 3:26.

The Bobcats finally scored at the 4:25 mark in the second quarter with a James Sherman 25-yard field goal. With 43 second remaining in the first half, Damian Williams scored on a four-yard quarterback keeper for six points.  Sherman booted his first extra point of the season to give Texas State a 10-9 lead at halftime.

You can view a slideshow of the game by Darla S Tamulitis, La Vita Loca Photography by clicking here

In the second half, Texas State found the end zone with 2:06 left in the third quarter.  Anthony Smith carried the ball 48 yards for six points. Sherman added his obligatory extra point to give Texas State a 17-9 lead. They added another field goal by Sherman, this time a 26-yarder with 13:05 remaining in the game. HBU added two points at the 9:03 mark in the fourth quarter when Andre Walker recovered the ball in the end zone off a bad Bobcat snap for the safety.

HBU's Terrance Peters carried the ball 12 times
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HBU true freshman quarterback Bailey Zappe completed 21-of-34 passes for 199 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. Peters rushed 12 times for 53 yards and the Huskies’ lone touchdown, but did not play in the second half after leaving the game with an injury. Huskies head coach Vic Shealy was quoted after the game.

“I thought Bailey did a lot of good things for the first 25 minutes of the game. When we lost Terrance Peters to an injury, it put a lot more on his plate and Texas State was able to bring some pressure. I was impressed by how he held his composure, he threw some really good balls and I’m confident we have the right guy back there.”

Senior linebacker Cody Moncure led the Huskies with 11 tackles, sophomore defensive end Andre Walker made nine, including a safety, and senior linebacker Garrett Dolan added seven stops. Junior defensive end Johnavhon Graaham recovered a fumble forced by senior safety Taylor Thompson and sophomore safety Nicholas Smith made an interception.

The Huskies will have a short week to prepare for their next matchup; a Thursday, September 3 game against cross-town opponent Texas Southern. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. CDT at BBVA Compass Stadium. Last year, HBU downed TSU 24-20 at Husky Stadium. 

Friday, September 01, 2017

New Braunfels Unicorns down Alamo Heights Mules 45-19

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By Robert H Kelly
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NEW BRAUNFELS, TEXAS (September 1, 2017) New Braunfels High School took a two-point lead into the locker room at halftime and decided their 21-19 lead over Alamo Heights was not enough. With a second half surge, the Unicorns did not allow the Mules to score, while putting 24 points on the scoreboard to take a 45-19 win in week one one of football action for both schools New Braunfels, Texas on Friday, September 1, 2017.

The locals packed the press box side of Unicorn Stadium to support the boys in blue and white; cheering every score and long yardage play to help the Unicorns nail down their first win of the season. New Braunfels would have had an even bigger margin of victory if it had not been for Alamo Heights wide receiver Nik Proctor. The junior scored all three of the Mules' touchdowns, on three consecutive possessions, with kicker Seth Ellis making only one of his three extra point attempts.

Unicorn quarterback Ryan Redding rushed for 226 yards and two touchdowns while teammates Tanner Steele and Ethan Duliban each caught one touchdown pass. Zachary Yaws and Devon Chambers each scored on rushing TD. Proctor caught eight passes for 151 yards and three touchdowns for Alamo Heights.

Next up for the Unicorns is a September 8 match up against Seguin High School. Alamo Heights will face San Antonio Brandeis on the same day.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Astros, Rangers to play upcoming series in St. Petersburg, Florida

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (August 28, 2017) It is being reported by Major League Baseball that the upcoming series between the Houston Astros and Texans Rangers has be relocated to Tropican Field in St. Petersburg. The announcement, as posted on, stated:

"Major League Baseball announced on Monday that the Astros' upcoming home series vs. the Rangers has been relocated to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, home of the Rays. The Astros will be considered the home team and will bat last, and the games will have a first pitch slated for 7:10 p.m. ET/6:10 p.m. CT on Tuesday, 7:10 p.m./6:10 p.m. on Wednesday and 1:10 p.m./12:10 p.m. on Thursday."

In a statement released by Astros President Reed Ryan, and posted on Twitter by Mark Berman, Fox 26 Sports, stated:

BREAKING NEWS: Houston-Dallas preseason game moved to Arlington

By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (August 28, 2017) It has been announced by the Houston Texans that their final preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys scheduled for Thursday, August 31, 2017 has be relocated to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The announcement stated the following:

Due to public safety concerns resulting from the ongoing weather emergency related to Hurricane Harvey, Thursday’s Dallas Cowboys-Houston Texans game originally scheduled to be played in Houston at 7 p.m. CT has been relocated to AT&T Stadium in Arlington.  Kickoff on Thursday will remain at 7 p.m. CT.  Details on tickets, parking and other game day logistics will be announced later this week.

As announced earlier today, The NFL Foundation will match Mr. McNair and the Texans' $1 million contribution to the United Way Relief Fund to address the immediate needs of those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The total $2 million contribution will support first response efforts by the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and the United Way of Greater Houston. The NFL and the Texans will continue to closely monitor the situation in Houston and adjust the team’s plans as necessary.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Lufkin falls to Japan in Little League Baseball World Series Championship

By Robert H Kelly
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WILLIAMSPORT, PENNSYLVANIA (August 27, 2017) The Little Leaguers from Lufkin, Texas jumped out to an early lead with two home runs in the first inning, but that was not enough to overcome the bats of Japan, at they lost by the score of 12-2 in the Little League World Series at Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Chandler Spencer scored first on a solo home run over the center field fence on the first pitch of the game. Teammate Hunter Ditzworth also connected for a home run down the right field line to complete Texas' scoring.

After that, the Japanese went on a scoring frenzy, tallying  three runs in the second inning, four in the fourth, and five in the fifth. After going up by ten runs in the fifth inning, the "ten-run rule" was invoked and Japan declared the Little League Baseball World Series Champions. Lufkin, who was representing the Southwest Region of the United States, going 4-1 in their bracket while downing the Southeast Region 6-5 on Saturday afternoon to take the United States title. They beat Great Lakes 5-1 on August 17 and New England 6-3 on August 20 before falling to Southeast 2-1 on August 23. They came back and won their next two games; 14-4 against New England on August 24 and 6-5 versus Southwest on August 27 to win the USA title.

Tsubasa Tomii earned the win for Japan. He threw five innings, surrendering two runs, three hits, striking out nine, and walking one. Chip Buchanan took the loss for Southwest, throwing 3.1 innings, surrendering five runs, seven hits, striking out three, and walking one.

Remnants of Hurricane Harvey forces cancellation of HS football games.

By Robert H Kelly
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DEER PARK-PASADENA, TEXAS (August 27, 2017) With the remnants of Hurricane Harvey pounding Houston and the Gulf Coast area, numerous school districts have cancelled classes and activities scheduled for the coming week; August 28 to September 2.

The following high school football games have been cancelled, with many more likely to be coming. Please check back for updates.

Austin Westlake vs. Katy
Richmond Foster vs. Katy Taylor
Katy Cinco Ranch vs. Cy Ranch
Katy Mayde Creek vs. Fort Bend Kempner
Humble vs. Katy Tompkins
Katy Morton Ranch vs. Aldine Nimitz
Katy Seven Lakes vs. Houston Memorial
Fort Bend Austin vs. Alief Hastings
Fort Bend Elkins vs. Dickinson
Fort Bend Marshall vs. Houston Madison
Fort Bend Ridge Point vs. Humble Kingwood
Fort Bend Willowridge vs. Aldine
Alief Taylor vs. Fort Bend Bush
Pasadena Sam Rayburn vs. Fort Bend Clements
Alief Elsik vs. Fort Bend Dulles
Aldine Eisenhower vs. Fort Bend Hightower
Houston Heights vs. Fort Bend Travis
Cypress Springs vs. Conroe
Cypress Woods vs. Klein Collins
The Woodlands vs. Cy-Fair
Crosby vs. Manvel
Corpus Christi Flour Bluff vs. Cedar Park Vista Ridge
Aldine Davis vs. Klein
Willis vs. Aldine MacArthur
Huffman-Hargrave vs. Needville
New Caney Porter vs. Lumberton
Livingston vs. New Caney
Deer Park vs. Bellaire Episcopal
Alvin vs. Houston Stratford
Houston Worthing vs. Freeport Brazosport
Boling vs. Van Vleck

Houston Texans drop 13-0 preseason game to New Orleans Saints

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By Robert H Kelly

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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA (August 26, 2017) The Houston Texans posted 246 yards of total offense, but could not find the end zone, as they dropped a 13-0 decision to the New Orleans Saints in the third preseason game for both teams on Saturday, August 26, 2017. The fans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans saw the saints score one touchdown and thw field goals to raise their preseason record to 2-1. The Texans fell to 1-2 with their final preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday, August 31 at NRG Stadium in Houston.

Three quarterbacks saw action for the Texans, with rookie Deshaun Watson (No. 4, shown above) completing 11-of-21 passes for 116 yards and one interception. Tom Savage, in limited action, was 10-off-16 for 79 yards, while Brandon Weeden completed two passes for 16 yards. The New Orleans' scores were the result of two field goals of 26 and 48 yards by Wil Lutz and a three-yard run by rookie Darius Victor.

The Texans kick off their regular season on Sunday, September 10; hosting the Jacksonville Jaguars.