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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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.










Texas Southern Tigers drop close game to Alcorn State

By Kristina McKay
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (September 29, 2017) The Texas Southern Tigers faced Alcorn State in the second home game of the season on Friday, September 29, 2017, and in a bit of deja’vu from the game against HBU, came close to pulling off a win in the final seconds, dropping a 24-17 decision at BBVA Compass Stadium on Friday, September 29, 2017.



After a rough start where Alcorn scored in the 3rd minute

 and again in the 15th minute, TSU scored an incredible 

touchdown on the ensuing kick, a 93-yard return by the

 wide receiver Daequan Jones.


The second half scoring was even with TSU and Alcorn Scoring a touchdown apiece in the 3rd quarter and each with a field goal in the 4th. As the final seconds counted down, quarterback Dominic DeLira’s (shown right) rookie play caught up with him. Alcorn’s defense shut down the final pass that, while ruled incomplete, was almost intercepted anyway, ending the game 24-17. 

DeLira had some bright spots with ab admirable eight third-down conversions, 17 first downs; just shy of Alcorn's 20-yard line, and 295 yards from 71 plays, with the assist of runnung bacvcl Brad Woodard; with whom he traded off the snap for a few special plays; one of which caught Alcorn off-guard.

Next up for Alcorn State is Alabama State Thursday,

 October 5, 6:30 PM on ESPU at New ASU Stadium, 

Montgomery. TSU faces Kennesaw State Saturday, 

October 7, 6:00 PM at Fifth Third Bank Stadium. 


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Houston Dynamo shut out Minnesota United 2-0

Alberth Elis celebrates his goal by donning his
"Panther Mask" and mugging for the
fans at BBVA Compass Stadium.
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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (September 30, 2017) The Houston Dynamo and Minnesota United FC battled for 69 minutes of back-and-forth action before forward Alberth Elis took a pass from Vicente Sanchez and headed it past Minnesota goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth to give Houston a 1-0 in the 69th minute in route to a 2-0 win at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday, September 29, 2017. The win pushed the Dynamo's record to 11-10-10 (43 points) and keeps their playoff hopes alive with three regular season game to go in 2017. Houston added the insurance goal 16 minutes later when forward Romell Quioto headed off another Sanchez corner.


Head coach Wilmer Cabrera talked about the match after the win.



“I think we were very solid. I’m sad that the guys didn’t get the reward with the zero goals against because that was the plan. We didn’t want to give up any goals today and we spoke about it and we said, ‘If we don’t give up any goals, we’re going to create chances and we’re going to be dangerous, as always we are, but let’s close our goal first,’ and they did a good job. They did a good job the first 45 minutes. We have to understand that we’ve been giving a lot of effort physically and mentally with three games in one week. We knew that they didn’t have to play on Wednesday, so they were going to be a little bit more rested, but it was good effort. It was good work by everyone and at the end we were rewarded with the goals we created. We should have scored in the first half but this is a game where you have to insist until the ball goes and touches the net. We are pleased with the three points. We are pleased now with the win after a long period when we haven't won at home, and we came back to win at home. We like to win. We like to play the way we play, the Houston Dynamo way. We haven't changed anything. We just needed to stop those mental errors and decisions in the back and  be more solid overall from all the team individually and collectively.”

The win gives Houston a 10-1-4 record at home this year and Cabrera is 21st win as an MLS head coach. It also improved the Dynamo's record against Minnesota to 1-0-2 overall and 1-0-1 in Houston. In addition, it gave Houston their first win over Minnesota head coach Adrian Heath, who was 1-0-1 against the Dynamo with Orlando City and is 0-2-2 with Minnesota.


Elis' goal was the tenth of the season and makes him the sixth player in Dynamo history to hit double-digits in a single season. Quioto's goal was his sixth goal of the season. Sanchez's two assists gives him an assist in four consecutive games.



Friday, September 29, 2017

Castillo, Nations take MVP honors at Pasadena Harvest Classic Meet

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By Chris Price
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PASADENA, TEXAS (September 29, 2017) Pasadena Memorial High School’s Marco Castillo and Tomball High School’s Delaney Nations were selected as the Outstanding Competitors of the Meet at the Pasadena Harvest Classic Swimming and Diving Invitational. The award was determined by a vote of the coaches and officials at the meet. The competition was held on Friday, September 29, 2017 and saw teams from as far away as the Lufkin, Texas area battling for supremacy in the crystal waters of Shippey Aquatic Center in Pasadena, Texas. 


Castillo competed in five individual events; bringing home three gold and one silver medals, and with leading the Mavericks to three bronze medals in relay events. The senior, who competed in both swimming and diving, won gold medals in the 50-yard freestyle, 50-yard breaststroke, and one-meter springboard diving, along with a silver medal in the 100-yard individual medley. In addition, he was an integral part of Pasadena Memorial’s success in the mixed 200-yard medley relay, 200-yard freestyle relay, and 400-yard freestyle relay. Castillo is coached in swimming by Robert Kelly and in diving by Darla Kelly. The Kelly's are long-time coaches in the Pasadena Independent School District.

Nations scored three silver medals in the 100-yard individual medley, and as a member of Tomball’s 200-yard medley relay, and 400-yard freestyle relay. In addition, she placed fourth in the 50-yard butterfly and swam the anchor leg of their fifth place 200-yard freestyle relay. She is coached by Brian Vestal.

In the team standing, Tomball took the title followed closely in the second place by Pasadena Memorial. Sam Rayburn High School place third with Pasadena High School in fourth and Huntington High School in fifth.

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.
Photo by Darla Tamulitis, La Vita Loca Photography
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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 HBUHuskies.com.

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.