By Chris Reyes
LOGOS STAFF WRITER
The Cardinals lost their season-opener Saturday, Sept. 3, at home 31-22 against Texas A&M Kingsville’s Javelinas but hope to even the slate with Northwestern State.
The team’s first road game this season – which will be broadcast at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, on CW35 – takes place in Natchitoches, La.
Saturday’s game at the University of the Incarnate Word’s Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium opened up with a touchdown by the visitors but the home team soon answered.
The Cardinals’ touchdown trip started with wide receiver Jordan Hicks returning a kickoff into Javelinas territory. Quarterback Trent Brittain worked off a combination of running and slinging the ball around that eventually found halfback John Oglesby from two yards out, tying the game in the final play of the opening quarter.
To start the second quarter, Kingsville drove down the field until running back Luis Lopez trotted into the end zone, putting the visitors up by a touchdown again.
Both defenses would remain strong until nine minutes into the quarter when Brittain connected with sophomore receiver Kodi Edwards on an 83-yard pitch-and-catch, tying up the game again.
At halftime, however, the Javelinas led 17-14.
The third quarter was a minute from being over when Javelinas quarterback Myles Carr slung the ball to wide receiver Jordan Thomas from 11 yards out, which increased the Javelinas’ lead by 10 points.
Going into the fourth, Carr put the dagger into the hopes of UIW when he found tight end Chris Cooper from two yards out which pushed the lead to 17.
UIW scored again off a 77-yard strike from Brittain to Hicks but it was too little too late.
Both the Cardinals and the Northwestern Demons, which lost 55-7 to Baylor Saturday, are looking for their first season wins.
The Cardinals need to see a more sound defensive effort than Saturday’s performance which allowed their Division 2 opponent to rack up 406 yards and move the ball with ease at times.
The Southland Conference features some of the top offenses in the FCS so if the Cardinals want to be competitive they need to look to their defense for more production.
On a positive note, the Cardinals’ passing game looked to be exciting. Brittain showed sparks of finding explosive receivers who could break free and find their way into the end zone. The offense will look to continue building on its big-play abilities and try to find a win in a hostile environment.