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Game recap: Soccer |
STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Texans often win on family weekend, and that tradition continued Saturday in a big way. In front of 13,127 loud and proud fans at Memorial Stadium, Tarleton rode New Mexico East 41-6.
The Texans (2-1, 0-0 WAC) won their seventh straight family weekend game, going 7-0 on the specific weekend from head coach Todd Whiteten returned to the sidelines. Tarleton also won its 14th game in its last 17 tries against former Lone Star Conference mate Eastern New Mexico (1-2, 0-1 LSC). Tarleton is 2-0 at Memorial Stadium this year on a four-game winning streak, winning seven of the last eight games in Stephenville.
The game was controlled by purple and white from the start, with Tarleton seeing a number of strong performances across the board. Handsome Allenthe Fireside District player of the game, completed 21 of 37 passes (.568) for 312 yards and two touchdowns, while adding a rushing touchdown and 18 rushing yards.
His favorite target once again at home was Jaden Smithwho finished with seven receptions for 129 yards and a touchdown. Gabe Douglas recorded five catches for 80 yards and a touchdown, while Darius Cooper posted three catches for 83 yards. Deangelo Rosemond scored two rushing touchdowns. Ontario’s “Mookie” Douglas led the rush on the night with 71 yards on 10 carries (7.1 yards per carry).
Defensively, the Texans gave the youngsters a hard time on Saturday, playing without four starters, including the Western Athletic Conference’s top two tacklers. First-year student Garret Richard led Tarleton with six tackles. linebacker patrick jones earned Tarleton’s first interception this year. The Odimara recorded a sack and a forced fumble. Seguin Ijiyera also forced a fumble, recovered by Darian Williams in the fourth trimester. Also, wide receiver Antoine Ware blocked a punt.
Tarleton beat Eastern New Mexico in total yards 473-113, averaging 6.2 yards per play to the Greyhounds’ 1.7. Tarleton’s defense forced the Greyhounds QB to a 7-of-33 (.212) clip for just 55 yards and allowed just 58 total rushing yards.
The Texans scored in their second practice of the game, needing only two plays to do so. Allen found Cooper for a 59-yard hookup, taking Tarleton to the Eastern New Mexico 1-yard line. Rosemond then quickly put it down for the first score of the game.
Later in the first quarter, after Eastern New Mexico’s Cooper Hamilton netted a 50-yard field goal, the Texas kicker Wyatt Birdwell made his first career field goal from 33 yards to make it 10-3 Tarleton.
In the second quarter, a 28-yard pass from Allen to Douglas again put Tarleton at the 1-yard line, and for the second time, Rosemond scored from a yard. Ware blocked the Eastern New Mexico punt on the next drive, and Tarleton took advantage, a 28-yard TD connection between Allen and Douglas. Tarleton led 24-3 at halftime.
On the first play of the third quarter, Jones intercepted Eastern New Mexico on his own 25-yard line, which led to a 38-yard Birdwell field goal. After a three-and-out for the Greyhounds, the Texans went 60 yards downfield for a 7-yard Allen-to-Smith TD to make it 34-3. Eastern New Mexico added a field goal on the last play of the third to trail 34-6 going into the fourth.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Allen recorded his first rushing touchdown at Tarleton on a 6-yard run to make it 41-6, which ended up being the final.
It was Tarleton’s last home game for a five-week spell, then on the field at Memorial Stadium on October 22. The Texans next play Saturday, Sept. 24 in North Alabama at 6 p.m. CT.