By Chris Reyes
LOGOS STAFF WRITER
The University of the Incarnate Word’s offense couldn’t keep the defense of Stephen F. Austin University from sacking Cardinals quarterback Trent Brittain five times in a 42-19 loss Saturday, Oct. 29.
The Lumberjacks also kept UIW’s rushing game to 99 yards at Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium.
The Cardinals scored first when senior safety Trey Colbert blocked a punt and UIW converted for three points off a 24-yard Cody Seidel field goal. The score remained 3-0 at the end of the first quarter as both defenses tested each other.
In the second quarter, however, the Lumberjacks caught fire. Quarterback Zach Conque slung the ball around and got aid from a UIW facemask penalty. Conque, a 6-6, 237-pound senior, went in from four yards out for a score and the point-after kick from freshman Storm Ruiz made it 7-3. Before the half was over, Conque ran it in from six yards and Ruiz hit another point-after for a 14-3 lead going into the locker room.
In the third quarter, Seidel, a sophomore, made it 14-6 with a 19-yard field goal before Conque ran in his third touchdown from 17 yards followed by a Ruiz point-after kick, making it 21-6. Soon after, Conque tossed his first touchdown pass, hitting senior wide receiver De’Quann Ruffin for 32 yards. Ruiz kicked the point-after.
UIW scored its first touchdown in the fourth quarter when senior running back Junior Sessions punched in from a yard out. A Seidel pass attempt for a two-point conversion failed, making it 28-12. Conque threw another touchdown pass, this time hitting junior wide receiver Trae Hart for 53 yards followed by another Ruiz point-after for a 35-12 score. Conque’s third touchdown toss went to freshman wide receiver Tamrick Pace for 40 yards with Ruiz’s point-after making it 42-12.
But the Cardinals wouldn’t go out without scoring another touchdown – this time from junior quarterback Taylor Laird’s 11-yard toss to senior wide receiver Jordan Hicks, making it 42-19.
Brittain, the Cardinals’ starting junior quarterback, finished 15-31 in his pass attempts while Laird, the backup, went 4-for-8. Sessions led the team’s rushers with 39 yards on 16 attempts. Junior wide receiver Kody Edwards led Cardinal catchers with six for 75 yards, the longest being 34.
The Lumberjacks amassed 564 yards of total offense on 84 plays to UIW’s 321 on 78 plays. The Lumberjacks also intercepted the Cardinals twice for 54 yards.
Colbert did put his name in the UIW record books as he blocked two punts for the evening and inside linebackers Josh Zellers, a senior, and Quandre Washington, a junior, had 10 tackles each.