Cardinals end football campaign on winning note

By Chris Reyes


The Cardinals football team had a losing season but wrapped up its 3-8 campaign with two wins in a row – Nov. 12 at Lamar University and Nov. 17 at home against Houston Baptist University.

The last two wins also helped the Cardinals end up 3-6 in the Southland Conference.

The HBU game in Gayle and Tom Benson would be a close one with the final being 28-26. The game would be back and forth.

UIW would lead early after a four-play, 88-yard drive, highlighted by junior quarterback Trent Brittain’s 76-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Jamari Gilbert less than four minutes into the game. The Huskies would respond with 10 unanswered points, taking the lead after a 43-yard field goal by Alex Chadwick and a two-yard rushing score by Tony Dawson.

Going into halftime behind 10-7, UIW would respond in the third quarter with two more touchdowns, pushing the Cardinals’ lead to 21-10 after Brittain first tossed a four-yard touchdown pass to senior halfback John Oglesby and five minutes later Brittain dove into the end zone on a quarterback keeper after a 12-play, 53-yard drive.

Chadwick brought the Huskies closer after a 60-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, but Brittain would lead a drive involving 18 plays and 75 yards — and most importantly take up nine minutes in the fourth quarter, capping the drive with a 14-yard pass to senior wide receiver Jordan Hicks.

HBU would not go away however as they made things interesting, scoring twice in the final moments in the game. B.J. Kelly rushed six yards for a touchdown, followed by Dawson’s second touchdown of the night on a six-yard run with 2:07 remaining. The Huskies would opt to go for two, but the pass was incomplete. The ensuing onside kick would be recovered by UIW, which ran out the clock, sealing the win for the Cardinals.

The Cardinals would have a good evening moving the ball as they earned 416 yards. Brittain would go 15-for-34, slinging the ball around for 234 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Gilbert had six receptions for158 yards and a touchdown.

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