Sunday, September 07, 2014

Houston Baptist falls to McMurry in inaugural game in Southland Conference

Photo by Darla Tamulitis-La Vita Loca Photography
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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications
HOUSTON, TEXAS (September 7, 2014) The Houston Baptist Huskies recorded 324 yards of total offense, but it was not enough to overcome McMurry University as they fell to the War Hawks by the score of 26-17 in their inaugural game at Dunham Field on Saturday, September 6, 2014.

The Huskies got on the scoreboard first with a 38-yard field goal by Travis Shinn at the 11:47 mark in the first quarter.

McMurry responded three minutes later with a six-yard run by Chris Simpson and the extra point by Joey Silva to make the score 7-3 in favor of the War Hawks.

Aggressive defensive play by HBU enabled linebacker Josh Jones to score a safety with 5:48 left in the first quarter to give HBU two more points.

The Huskies closed out the first quarter with a Shinn 28-yard field goal to make the score 8-7 in favor of HBU.

McMurry scored their second touchdown in the second quarter when Jeret Smith scampered five yards for the six points. Silva's extra point was blocked; allowing War Hawks to take a 13-8 lead into the locker room at halftime.

HBU added an addition touchdown and a field goal in the second half to round out their scoring. McMurry added two aerial touchdowns and a single extra point to secure the win.

In the air, HBU quarterback Jonathan Fleming completed 20 passes on 39 attempts for 179 yards and one touchdown. Additionally, he threw one interceptions and was sacked three times.

Running back B.J. Kelly carried the ball 13 times for 64 yards while Craig Bell rushed for 51 yards on nine carries.

Wide receiver D'Angelo Wallace caught six passes for 61 yards and the Huskies only touchdown.

Defensively for HBU, linebacker GarrettDolan accounted for 14 tackles, 12 of them unassisted, while Terrell Brown tallied 9.

The Huskies will face Northern Colorado on Saturday, September 13, 2014 Greeley, Colorado. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 CDT.

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