By Renee Muniz
LOGOS ASSISTANT EDITOR
The University of the Incarnate Word Cardinals football team fell 45-20 to Abilene Christian University Saturday, Sept. 30, at its first home game.
The Cardinals were ready to embrace victory as they prepared for home-field advantage at Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium, but ACU’s Wildcats had a different plan in mind.
Wildcats quarterback Dallas Sealey scored the first touchdown with a two-yard keeper. The Cardinals followed that touchdown with one of their own, executed by running back Derrick Mitchell’s reception from quarterback Sean Brophy with nine seconds left in
the first quarter. The extra point was missed, leaving the score 7-6 in ACU’s favor.
The Cardinals could not keep the momentum, however.
The Wildcats scored four touchdowns within 10 minutes of each other in the second quarter, racking up 201 yards rushing to UIW’s 84.
The Wildcats kept the score going with a field goal in the beginning of the third quarter.
The Cardinals responded to ACU’s five touchdowns at 6:53 in the third quarter as Brophy threw a 10-yard pass to Jezel Parra.
Brophy and Parra are both new faces to the team this semester, but not to the game.
Brophy is a 6-foot-3 quarterback from Scottsdale, Ariz., working on his sophomore year at UIW. While in high school, Brophy completed 336 of 540 passes for 4,024 yards, 39 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.
Parra, a junior, is a 6-foot-3 tight end from Hutchinson, Kan. He only has two years of football under his belt, but plenty of basketball experience as he was named to All-Region honors in high school.
Following the Brophy-Parra touchdown, ACU quarterback Luke Anthony threw a 34-yard pass to wide receiver Justin Miller for the final Wildcat touchdown of the night.
Despite the 32-point deficit, the Cardinals did not stop fighting.
With 8:20 left in the game, running back Ra’Quanne Dickens rushed for a seven-yard touchdown to push the team to 20 points.
In total, the Cardinals had 11 first downs while the Wildcats had 21 first downs.
The Cardinals’ defensive end was held together by 10 tackles from inside linebacker Quandre Washington, followed by eight tackles from safety Tim McCoy and inside linebacker Mar’Kel Cooks.
The Cardinals will be looking to win their first game Saturday, Oct. 7, at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. The kickoff is 4 p.m.