Sunday, December 14, 2014

HBU Women's Basketball Rolls Past Arlington Baptist, 92-62

Photo by Erik Williams
HOUSTON, TEXAS (December 13, 2014) HBU women’s basketball shot 60 percent from the floor, outscored visiting Arlington Baptist, 64-22, in the paint, and out-rebounded the Patriots, 49-18, en route to a 92-62 victory Saturday afternoon at Sharp Gym.
Junior post Ashleigh Nwanguma recorded her first double-double of the season for HBU (4-3), and the second of her career, as she had season highs of 14 points and 11 rebounds in 16 minutes. Senior forward Shanice Steenholdt led the Huskies with 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting in 19 minutes. Senior forward Erin McGarrachan tied her season high of 12 points, while Heidi Sihvola dropped 11.
Jade Johnson led ABC (6-2) with 15 points, shooting 5-of-9 from the floor and a perfect 3-of-3 from the free throw line. Morgan Hale and Tori Wise each scored 12 for the Patriots.
HBU jumped out to an 8-0 lead before the Patriots got on the scoreboard with a made free throw by Johnson. HBU outscored the Patriots, 21-8, in a span of eight minutes to lead by 20, 29-9, with 9:52 remaining in the first half.
HBU led by as many as 23 before the Patriots used a 14-5 run to cut the deficit to 14, 39-25, following a steal and layup by Ainsley Richardson at the 3:12-mark.
A steal by Tayler Jefferson resulted in a Steenholdt layup to give HBU an 18-point advantage, 47-29, with just over a minute to go in the opening half. But Wise forced a steal and it resulted in a three-pointer by Hale, as HBU eventually led ABC at the break, 49-34.
Steenholdt led all players with 16 first-half points, while Nwanguma came off the bench to score 10 points and pull down a half-high nine rebounds. HBU shot 59 percent from the floor. Hale led ABC with 10 points, as the Patriots shot 39 percent from the floor.
The Huskies began the first five minutes of the second half outscoring the Patriots, 17-9, to bring their lead back to 23, 66-43. HBU continued to put the pedal to the metal, as they increased their lead to the 30s. At the 5:11-mark, freshman Carissa Diaz scored her first collegiate basket in Sharp Gym, giving HBU an 86-56 lead.
Erin McGarrachan led HBU with 10 second-half points, while Jefferson had seven points, three assists, two rebounds, and two steals. HBU shot 61 percent from the floor in the half. The Patriots were led by Johnson with six points.
Prior to the game, Steenholdt was awarded a commemorative ball, honoring her 1,500th career point she earned at UT-Pan American Nov. 29. She is the program's all-time NCAA Division I leading scorer.
HBU hosts cross-town rival Texas Southern Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 6 pm.

Katy comes back in overtime to down Cibolo Steele; 27-20 and earn trip to state title game

Photo by Darla Tamulitis-La Vita Loca Photography
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By Robert H Kelly 
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (December 14, 2014) The Katy Tigers scored a single touchdown and extra point in overtime and as a result, downed the Cibolo Steele Knights by the score of 27-20 at NRG Stadium in Houston. With the win, the Tigers advanced to the UIL Division II-6A championship game next Saturday, Dec. 20, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Katy will face Cedar Hill in the title game for the third year in a row. The Longhorns punched their ticket to the title game by overwhelming Spring Westfield 64-33. 

Steele kept the game close and tied the score at 20-all late in the fourth quarter, forcing the game into overtime. Rodney Anderson scored the game-winning touchdown on a eight-yard romp and kicker Kris Perez added the extra point for the win.

Perez put the first of Katy’s points on the scoreboard at the 8:46 mark in the first quarter with a 45-yard field goal. Kyle Williams pulled down a Garrett Dolan 10-yard pass for the first touchdown of the game. Perez’s PAT gave Katy an early 10-0 lead.

The Knights responded with their our score with 3:56 left in the first quarter on a seven-yard run by Bryson Denley and a Caleb James kick. Katy came back in the second quarter with another touchdown on a 13-yard pass from Dolan to Garrett Dorion to close out the half and take a 17-7 lead into the locker room.

The Tigers were plagued with turnovers; three to be exact, which had the potential to derail Katy. Head coach Gary Joseph stated in a post-game interview with the press:

"I knew it had a chance to be a close game, but credit them.  How many times are we going to turn the ball over? Every time we've done that, we've struggled. We just can't do that, but to be able to win after you do it is a great thing for us and for our kids."
Steele came back in the second half and scored 13 unanswered points to give the Knights a 20-17. The Tigers responded with a 25-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter to tie the game and send it to overtime. Katy will be making their 13th trip to the state championship game. They have won the state title seven times.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

San Jacinto College's Ribeiro named NJCAA All-American

San Jacinto College sophomore Ana Helena Ribeiro was named to the
National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)
Division I Volleyball All-American second team.
Photo credit: Jeannie Peng-Armao, San Jacinto College marketing,
public relations, and government affairs department.
PASADENA, TEXAS (December 10, 2014) San Jacinto College sophomore Ana Helena Ribeiro has been named to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I All-American second team, the organization announced this week.

Head Coach Sharon Nelson stated in a press release:

“Ana is a fantastic player and young lady,”  who just completed her 13th year at the helm of the San Jacinto College volleyball program. “She has so many attributes for a life of success. She has perfected the art of balancing her academics with her athletic endeavors. Not only has she earned All-American honors two years in a row, but she will also earn academic honors later this Spring. She is a valuable asset to any program. To be recognized twice, nationally, for this award, is very well deserved. We are incredibly proud of her."

Ribeiro (Villa Nova de Gaia, Portugal / Escola Secundária António Sérgio), a middle blocker, averaged 12.15 kills and 0.72 blocks per set, while hitting .294, this season.

She was third on the squad in total blocks with 44. Ribeiro finished the year ranked as the second best student-athlete in the Region’s South Zone, and was named to the Region XIV all-conference first team.

For a complete list of the NJCAA Division I Volleyball All-Americans, visit the NJCAA website.

San Jacinto College finished the regular season ranked 13th in the country with a 21-13 overall record.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Houston hands SMU their 11th loss of season; down Mustangs 35-9

Photo by Darla Tamulitis-La Vita Loca Photography
By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

UNIVERSITY PARK, TEXAS (November 28, 2014) Capitalizing on three rushing touchdowns by quarterback Greg Ward Jr., the Houston Cougars rallied in the second half and downed the winless SMU Mustangs by the score of 35-9 at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, Texas on Saturday, November 28, 2014. With the win, the Cougars raised their season record to 7-4 going into their final regular season game against Cincinnati. They also raised their conference record to 5-2, which solidified their fourth place standing in the American Athletic Conference.

After a quick three-and-out by SMU to stat the game, the Cougars received the ball at the 13:30 mark in the first quarter. On the first play from scrimmage for Houston, Ward, Jr. kept the ball, running it up the left side of the field. He rambled 38 yards, untouched, for the touchdown. Kyle Bullard added he obligatory extra point, to give Houston a quick 7-0 lead.

On their second possession, the Cougars drove the ball down the field, but when the drive stalled, had to settle for a 36-yard field goal attempt. Bullard booted the ball wide and SMU took over on their own 20 yard line.

After some back and forth ball in the latter part of the first quarter and the early part of the second quarter, neither team could seem to get an offensive advantage on the field. Both SMU and Houston missed field goals; the Cougars from 36 yards and the Mustangs from 38 yards and both teams’ defenses were keeping the opposing offense in check.

Photo by Darla Tamulitis-La Vita Loca Photography
The Mustangs finally got the scoreboard when Houston was backed up against their own end zone. Ward was scrambling to find a receiver and was called for intentional grounding, giving the Mustangs two points for a safety.

Houston kicked off and gave SMU the ball on their 22-yard line. After two plays, Matt Davis unleashed a 67-yard pass to wide receiver Jeremiah Gaines. Gaines caught the ball, and with two Cougar defender in pursuit, rambled down the left side of the field for the touchdown. Cody Rademacher split the uprights to give the Mustangs a 9-7 lead heading into the locker room at halftime.

The Cougars received the ball to start the second half and quickly put the offense in motion. Driving 64 yards in eight plays, Houston gave the ball to running back Kenneth Farrow. He carried the ball the final 11 yards for their Cougars’ second touchdown on the day. Bullard made another extra point, and the Cougars took back the lead, with a score of 14-9, with 11:34 left in the third quarter.

Ward, Jr. scored his second touchdown of the day when is carried the ball the final four yards of a 99 yard drive. The touchdown, along with Bullard’s conversion took the score to 21-9 at the third quarter’s 3:10 mark.

After the Houston kickoff and a fumble for the Mustangs, the Cougars got the ball back in Mustang territory and began another scoring drive. Three plays later, Farrow carried the ball the final 14 yards into the end zone for the score. The drive lasted 1:04, travelled 23 yards, and gave the Cougars another seven points close out the third quarter with Houston leading SMU 28-9.

The 21 points scored by the Cougars in the third quarter was most points scored in the third quarter by Houston all season. With the third quarter rushing touchdown by Farrow, he moved into a tie for ninth place in Houston single season history with 11 rushing touchdowns. The current record is 15, established by Jackie Battle in 2006.

With 4:46 remaining in the game, Ward Jr. carried the ball the final five yards for third rushing touchdown of the game to give the Cougars, along with Bullard’s conversion, a 35-9 lead. The drive covered 52 yards in five plays and lasted 2:40.

Ward, Jr., who is having a phenomenal rookie season at Houston, rushed for 93 yards on 14 carries and three touchdowns. He also completed 17-of-28 passes for 144 yards and one aerial touchdown. Farrow carried the ball 18 times for 110 yards and two touchdowns.

Defensively, Steven Taylor accounted for five solo tackles, while Efrem Loiphant tallied fourth unassisted takedowns.

Photo by Darla Tamulitis-La Vita Loca Photography
SMU’s Davis carried the ball 20 times for 70 yards, while completing 13-of-27 passes for 145 yards.

The Cougars, who were tied for fourth place with East Carolina in the conference standings with a 4-2 record prior to the game. The Pirates (7-3, 4-2 The American) take on Tulsa (2-9, 2-5 The American) in a Saturday evening game in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

With the loss, the Mustangs fall to 0-7 in conference, 0-11 for the season and 0-14 in their last 13 games. They close out their season on Saturday, December 6 on the road versus Connecticut.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Houston Cougars become bowl eligible with 38-28 win over Tulsa Golden Hurricane

Greg Ward Jr. (1) caiired the ball eight times for
37 yards and was 17-of-22 for 225 yards in the
air for the Houston Cougars.
Photo by Darla Tamulitis-La Vita Loca Photography
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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 22, 2014) The Houston Cougars survived a late comeback by the Tulsa Golden Hurricane and held on for their fourth conference win of the season with a 38-28 win at TDECU Stadium in Houston, Texas on Saturday, November 22, 2014. With the win, the Cougars become bowl-eligible heading into their final two games against SMU and Cincinnati.

Houston jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on a pair of one-yard runs by running back Kenneth Farrow. Kicker Kyle Bullard, as always, added the extra points for the Cougars to close out the first 15 minutes.

Tulsa cut the Cougar lead to seven when quarterback Dane Evans rushed the final three yards of a 41-yard drive for their first touchdown of the game. Carl Salazar added the kicking conversion to close out the first half.

In the third quarter, the scoring blitz began with both teams scoring 14 points to take the score to 28-21 with 15 minutes to play. Tulsa scored on a two-yard Zack Langer run at the 6:53 mark. They added an addition touchdown when Evans connected with wide receiver Keyarris Garrett on a 17-yard pass. Salazar again added the conversion kicks.

The Cougars scored on a 45-yard Farrow run with 5:28 left in the quarter. They added an additional six points when quarterback Greg Ward Jr. hit Markeith Ambles with a 25-yard pass for the score. Bullard split the uprights on both scores for the conversion points.

Former Houston Cougar swimmer and H-Association member
Kristine Kelly and her  daughter, enjoy their game and throw
their support behind the Cougars.
Photo by Darla Tamulitis-La Vita Loca Photography
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Houston went into the fourth quarter with a 28-21 lead; however the Golden Hurricane quickly cut that lead with an Evans one-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Zach Epps. The score capped a 10 play, 77 yard drive that lasted 4:19. With the touchdown and Salazar’s extra point, a new game emerged with 7:10 remaining in the game.
Houston took the ball at their 11 yard line and began a drive to break the tie and eat up the clock. The 89 yard drive resulted in Farrow carrying the ball the final two yards for the touchdown. Bullard added the extra point to give the Cougars a seven point lead with 3:06 left in the game.

Tulsa began a final drive in an attempt to tie the score, but with 1:42 left in the game, the Cougars picked off an Evans pass on a fourth-and-one play. Houston ran three plays before opting for a 35-yard field goal by Bullard. With the three points, the Cougars secured the win and sixth victory of the season.

Offensive, Farrow rushed for 116 yards on 14 carries and four touchdowns. His four rushing touchdowns ranks his second on the all-time list for a single game. Ryan Jackson rushed for 95 yards on 15 carries with one romp of 56 yards.

Ward, who threw for one touchdown and was sacked twice, connected on 17-of-22 passes for 225 yards. He also rushed for 37 yards.

On defense, middle linebacker Efrem Oliphant continued his stellar senior year, accounted for 16 tackles for the Cougars; four of the unassisted. Cornerback Howard Wilson tallied 15 tackles, seven solo, while linebacker Steven Taylor added 13.

For Tulsa, Evans was 28-of-40 for 258 yards passing, with three interceptions with Lucas catching 14 passes for 97 yards.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Houston drops a heartbreaker to Tulane, 31-24

Photo by Darla Tamulitis-La Vita Loca Photography  

By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 8, 2014) The Houston Cougars scored 10 points in the final 1:53 of the first half;  taking a three-point lead into the locker room at halftime. They could not retain the lead in the second half. as the Green Wave came back from behind in the second half to down the Cougars by the score of 31-24 at TDECU Stadium in Houston on Saturday, November 8, 2014. 

With the loss, Houston dropped to 3-2 in the American Athletic Conference, and 5-4 for the season. The Green Wave raised their record to 3-6 and 2-3 in The American.

Tulane found the end zone first at 11:19 in the first quarter when Teddy Lee caught a Tanner Lee pass from 12 yards out for the score. Andrew DiRocco added the extra point to give the Green wave an early 7-0 lead.

The Cougars followed up with a 13 play, 63 yard drive that lasted 6:03 to even the score at seven-all. Greg Ward, Jr. connected with Markeith Ambles who rambled 19 yards for the touchdown.  Kyle Bullard split the uprights for his 23rd extra point of the season tie the score with 1:36 remaining in the quarter.

The Green Wave added a touchdown and extra point early in the second quarter to make the score 14-7. The score remained that way until 1:53 was left in the half.

At that point, Tulane had the ball on the Houston 10 yard line on a second down and eight yards to go. Lee hit Teddy Veal with a pass for an eight-yard gain, to the Houston two yard line. However, Houston free safety connected with Veal; forcing a fumble. An alert Adrian McDonald recovered the ball as it rolled into the end zone for the touchdown. Bullard added the conversion to again tie the score.

After the kickoff, Tulane drove 40-yard on eight played before giving the ball back to Houston with 1:33 left on the clock. Houston began their drive on their own 47-yard line and advanced to the Tulane 22 yard line before being forced to attempt a field goal.

Bullard scored his 14th field goal of the season to give the Cougars their 17-14 lead at the half.

Tulane scored a single touchdown and extra point in the third quarter to take a 21-17 lead going into the final 15 minutes of the game.  Lee found Leondre James open and tossed the ball nine yards for the score. DiRocco added the extra point for the four point lead.

Bullard, who had hit 14 of 16 field goals, with his last previously in the game, went wide right at the 11:29 mark. He then went wide left with 10 second left in the quarter, for his second miss of the game. The sure-footed kicker had only missed two goals previously in 2014.

In the fourth quarter, Tulane furthered their lead to 31-17 on a Dontrell Hillard one yard run and an extra point and a field goal by DiRocco.

The Cougars cut the Tulane lead to seven with 1:04 left in the game when Greg Ward, Jr. capped a 12 play, 82 yard drive with a nine yard pass to Deontay Greenberry for a touchdown. Bullard added the extra point and Houston prepared to kick off to the Green Wave.

Ty Cummings kicked off and booted the ball 12 yards with an onside kick. Houston’s Tyler McCloskey recovered the ball on the Houston 47 yard line to give the Cougars one final chance to win the game.

Ward, Jr. drove the ball 48 yards in eight plays, running 1:02 of the clock before he was picked off by Perry Nickerson on the goal line. He returned the ball to the 12-yard line as the clock ran out.

Houston head coach Tony Levine expressed his thoughts on the game to the press after the game.

“There were a few plays that we got out of position. To win these games, we can’t put ourselves in these types of positions. We had too many turnovers on offense and didn’t force enough on defense. We didn’t stop them when we needed to.”
Offensively, Ward, Jr. completed 31-of-45 passes for 342 yards. He also rushed for 59 yards and was intercepted three times.

Greenberry caught 12 passes for 136 yards and one touchdown. Wayne Beadle and Steven Dunbar each caught six passes for 65 and 64-yards respectively.

On defense, Efrem Oliphant continued his stellar season, accounting for 13 tackles and one sack. He now has 96 tackles for the season, along with 20 sacks.

The 6-1, senior linebacker stated in the post-game press conference about the defense’s play in the game.

“There were a few plays that we got out of position. To win these games, we can’t put ourselves in these types of positions. We had too many turnovers on offense and didn’t force enough on defense. We didn’t stop them when we needed to.”
Houston will now have a bye-week before their final home game of the season, facing the Tulsa Golden Hurricane on November 22. They close out the season with two games on the road. They will play former Southwest Conference and Conference USA rival SMU on November 28 in Dallas. They will close out the season versus Cincinnati on December 6 in Cincinnati.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Texas Flying Legends Museum: Living History through Pilots and Planes at Wings Over Houston 2014

HOUSTON, TEXAS (October 16, 2014)  For the fifth year, the Texas Flying Legends Museum (TFLM) announces that it will participate in the 30th Annual Commemorative AirForce (CAF) Wings Over Houston Airshow on November 1 - 2, 2014. Ellington Field gates will open at 8:00 am with the flying scheduled to begin around 10:00 am. Tickets are required and can be purchased at or at the gate, closing at 6:00pm.

 TFLM maintains a collection of pristine warbirds including an A6-M2 Japanese Zero, B-25J Mitchell Bomber, two P-51D Mustangs, P-40 Warhawk, and F4U Corsair. The “Flying Legends” will participate in aerial performances and are on display on the Warbird Ramp (open for up-close views from 8:00am - 11:30am during the show). Warbird pilots of yesterday and today will offer commentary on their relationship with these planes.

 In the late 1930s America’s first black military pilots stepped up to serve their country and the “Tuskegee Experiment” trained them and their support crews; they became heroes. Strength, courage, and ability to triumph over adversity during WWII can serve to inspire others about how to succeed today. The CAF Red Tail Squadron will travel to this year’s airshow with their P-51C Red-Tail Mustang and the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit, a movie dedicated to sharing the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen.

RISE ABOVE admission is always free and the movie will be playing continuously throughout the airshow. This program is geared to youth but will be of interest to all ages. Students, youth organizations and special interests groups are invited to contact TFLM for requests to preview RISE ABOVE, their P-51C, and TFLM Warbirds October 28 - 30, 2014. Visitors may also meet Col Charles McGee and Lt Col George Hardy, original Tuskegee Airmen who are scheduled to make appearances.

 The TFLM mission is simple: honor the past generations and inspire the leaders of tomorrow. Considered a traveling museum, partnering with the Dakota Territory Air Museum, the focus is on bringing “Flying Legends” to small airports around the country, that form the hubs of many Veteran-based communities.

Aviation enthusiasts and experts from around the world visit the Texas Flying Legends Museum during each year’s airshow. As we witness the passing of the “Greatest Generation,” and honor all servicemen, Texas Flying Legends Museum sees beyond the entertainment that airshows provide. By facilitating discussion and open learning, airshows can become a kind of classroom where families and especially younger generations can learn about history and experience the glory of aviation.

San Diego Shores goes undefeated at 2014 Rock-tober Classic

Photo by Mike Stockman
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By Mike Stockman
Staff Correspondent
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

MESA, ARIZONA (October 26, 2014) The championship game of the 2014 Rock-tober PCA 12 and Under USA Water Polo Classic left no doubt as to who was “Number 1” at Kino Aquatic Center in Mesa, AZ on Sunday October 26, 2014.

The San Diego Shores team, led by coaches Charlie Equels and Nicole Maichrowicz, won 8-4 against Long Beach Shore Aquatics Red, coached by Chase Mccoll, to finish the tournament undefeated. San Diego Shores finished the tournament with an impressive 52 goals while only allowing their competition to score 18 goals.

The second place team, Long Beach Shore Aquatics Red, only lost two games over the weekend, both against SD Shores. In the first loss of 7-7 (4-3), the game ended in a sudden death shoot-out after four hard fought periods with the lead changing often.

Third place was awarded to Mid Valley Water Polo, coached by Davit Gharagyozyan after winning 9-6 against Vanguard Blue, coached by Nemanja Jokanovic.

Other teams that participated in the first annual “Rock-tober” tournament hosted by Mesa Water Polo Club included LA Premier, Greenwich, SOCAL Boys, Commerce, Pacific Polo, Chelsea Piers, Colorado, SOCAL Girls, Viper Pigeons, Mesa Water Polo “A”, Mesa Water Polo “B”, and Albuquerque.

As a special treat, the trophy ceremony included water polo Olympian and USA Water Polo Hall of Fame member Craig Wilson, who passed out the medals and shook the hand of each young player and their coaches.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

HBU Women’s Soccer Clinches Berth to SLC Tournament With 2-1 Win

The HBU women's soccer team celebrate their victory
over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and their qualifying
for the Southland Conference Tournament
Photo by Eric Williams
Rebekah Tovar scores game winner in 71st minute
CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS (October 26, 2014) Junior midfielder Rebekah Tovar broke a 1-1 tie with a goal in the 71st  minute, as HBU earned a trip to the Southland Conference Tournament with a 2-1 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sunday afternoon.
HBU punches its first trip to the conference tournament, as the Huskies won their fifth-straight match. The last time HBU won five straight was in 2011, when the Huskies went 11-9-1 and 4-1-1 in their final season in the Great West Conference.
“I am very proud of the team,” said head coach Misty Jones. “We played hard all weekend and came up with two big wins on the road to secure us a spot in the conference tournament. That is a great feeling going into next week.”
Tovar and Natalie Hager scored for HBU (7-6-3 overall, 6-1-2 SLC), while Blake Martin and Ellee Hall registered assists. Tovar and Hager each took three shots, while Tovar had two shots on goal.
Walrath stopped three shots and allowed the one goal as she improved to 6-5-2 on the season with a 0.98 goals-against average.
Yvette Franco scored for TAMUCC (4-7-3 overall, 3-5-1 SLC), as she and Aulona Velaj each led the Islanders with three shots.
Megan Delaney made two saves and allowed two goals in net for the Islanders.
HBU took a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute, as Martin fed Hager and she beat Delaney one-on-one.
The Islanders tied the match with just 40 seconds remaining in the first half, as Bri Lugo passed the ball to Franco, who beat Walrath at an odd angle. The goal snapped the Huskies’ shutout streak at 355:56, dating back to a second-half goal by McNeese State Oct. 5.
TAMUCC outshot HBU, 6-2, in the first half. Neither team took a corner kick.
HBU weathered five Islander corner kicks before the Huskies took a 2-1 lead in the 71st minute, as Tovar beat Delaney on a one-timer off a pass from Hall.
The Islanders put pressure in the waning minutes, as Becca Chance’s shot went right and the Huskies’ defense blocked Franco’s shot at the 87:35-mark, but HBU held on for the win.
HBU outshot the Islanders, 10-4, in the second half and 12-10 for the match. Corner kicks were 5-2 in favor of TAMUCC.
HBU plays at Sam Houston State Friday, Oct. 31 at 6:30 pm before hosting Southeastern Louisiana on “Senior Day” Sunday, Nov. 2 at 1 pm.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

HBU comes from behind to down Nicholls 31-21

Photo by Darla Tamulitis-La Vita Loca Photography
Copyright 2014 All Rights Reserved

By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (October 25, 2014) The Houston Baptist Huskies scored two touchdowns and two extra points in the fourth quarter, coming back from a four point deficit, to down the Nicholls Colonels by the score of 31-21 at Dunham Field in Houston on Saturday, October 25, 2014. The vicrory marks the Huskies' first ever win against a Southland Conference opponent and raised their season record to 2-6.

Nicholls wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, driving 75 yards in 11 plays, resulting in a five yard run by running back Michael Henry. The three minute, 25 second drive was capped off with a Conner Fryouz extra point to give the Colonels a 7-0 lead.

HBU responded a bit over eight minutes later when running back Larry Day carried the ball the final yard of a 60 yard drive for the touchdown. Travis Shinn booted the ball through the uprights for the conversion to even the score at seven.

After short stints of possession by both teams, the Huskies began a drive with 22 seconds remaining in the first quarter which lasted 7:46. They drove ball 83 yards in 17 plays for their second touchdown of the game; a five yard pass from quarterback Jonathan Fleming to wide receiver D’Angelo Wallace.

Shinn added another point to his season total for the extra point; making the score 14-0. The right-footed kicker from Rockwell, Texas added another field goal to his season total with no time remaining on the clock to give HBU a 17-7 lead going into the locker room at halftime.

After what must have been an inspirational talk in both locker rooms, the Colonels came out of the locker room like a vengeance. Nicholls scored two unanswered touchdowns in the third quarter to take the score to 21-17 in favor of the Colonels.

Quarterback Beaux Hebert connected on a monstrous 60-yard pass to Demon Bolt for one touchdown at the 8:49 mark. Michael Henry rushed for the second touchdown with 38 second remaining in the quarter.

Trailing by four points with 15 minutes remaining in the games, the Huskies buckled down scored twice in the fourth quarter to secure the win.

With 12:41 remaining in the game. B.J. Kelly carried the ball the final 29 yards on an 85 yard drive to score his first touchdown of the game. Kenneth Bibbins added his own touchdown at 7:07 woth a 24 yard pass from Fleming to cap odd a 62 yard, eight play drive.

Kelly carried he ball 29 yards for 153 yards, averaging 5.3 yards per carry. Bibbins caught two passes for 57 yards and one score. Fleming threw for two touchdowns; completing 10 of 20 passes for 127 yards.

The Huskies will next face the Lamar Cardinals on Saturday, November 1, 2014 in Beaumont, Texas. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.