Spread the Wealth – 5 Texans find the end zone in Tarleton’s dominant win over Lamar
STEPHENVILLE, Texas – Lacking key players and facing a unique style of play on the field, the Tarleton Texans knew they would need the input of multiple players to succeed against Lamar. Success is exactly what they found, as five Texans scored touchdowns for the purple and white in Tarleton’s 42-21 win over the Cardinals at Memorial Stadium in Stephenville, Texas on Saturday night.
Derrel Kelly III was the only Texan with multiple touchdowns, rushing for his two scores in the second quarter. Tariq Bitson captured his seventh touchdown of the season, Ryheem skinner rushed for his third, while Braelon Bridges and Cody jones scored their first touchdowns of the year, bringing Tarleton back above 0.500 to 5-4 overall, 2-2 in the WAC game. Lamar lost his sixth straight game, falling to 2-7, 0-4 in the WAC.
Tarleton held the big advantage in the passing game, led by Steven Duncan’s 319 yards, 2 TD at night. The Cardinals had just 84 yards in the air. The Texans have also been spending a lot of time in the red zone, something they’ve excelled all year, scoring six times out of their eight chances, with Lamar only getting one shot.
For the sixth time in nine games, the Texans roamed the field in their first practice for a touchdown, this time a capture by Bitson 9 yards from Duncan. They covered 75 meters on their first trip, with Jf thomas which represents 34 of those in two captures. Lamar responded with a long drive, topped off with a 3-yard run from Chaz Ward.
In the next offensive play, Duncan was intercepted by Damian Alexander, breaking a streak of 104 consecutive shots with no interception, or turnover for that matter, for the Texas flagman. Lamar capitalized on the rare mistake. Kirkland Banks scored a 27-yard touchdown from Daelyn Williams on the opening play of the second quarter to give the Cardinals a 14-7 lead.
The Texans went on to score 28 unanswered points and did not allow Lamar to score one again on the scoreboard until the fourth quarter. Kelley tied it 14-14 shortly after Banks’ touchdown with a 2-yard scorecard. Just around the two-minute mark of the second quarter, Kelley scored again, this time with a 3-yard touchdown to give the Texans a 21-14 lead at halftime.
Halfway through the third, Skinner rushed for a 12-yard touchdown run and Bridges pitched the final frame with a 2-yard TD run to give Tarleton a 35-14 lead. On the ensuing Lamar journey, Jaylen jackson broke free for 42 yards, but the Texans put the hammer on their next possession, as Duncan found a wide-open Jones in the end zone from six yards.
Duncan completed 21 of 32 passes for 319 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 INT. In his last four games, he’s compiled 1,167 passing yards, 11 touchdowns and one interception. He played more than 300 consecutive yardage games for the first time in his career.
Skinner was among seven total Texans to record a carry, leading the way with 33 yards and a touchdown. It was rookie RB Bridges’ first game this season, and his first since Feb. 27 against Dixie State, due to injury. He finished with 31 yards and one score. Kelley recorded 25 yards with his pair of touchdowns.
Tight end Marvin landy led the team to receive with a career-high 91 yards on just three catches, averaging 30.3 yards per reception. Jones had three catches for 73 yards and a touchdown, the first of his career. Bitson had three catches, 32 yards and his touchdown.
The Texans were missing four of their best defensemen on Saturday, among others, without Ronnell wilson, DJ Harris, Zach Fort Where Benjamin franklin. Wilson, Harris and Strong are the Texans’ best tackles this season.
The replacement for the two linebackers was Devin Sterling and ChadWick Thibodeaux, who had eight and six tackles, respectively. Sterling had 1.5 TFL. Hafford also had eight tackles to share the lead. linebacker Qua’Shawn Washington and defensive back Greg Eggleston Jr. each added six tackles. Tarleton had two bags, one per Sean Walton and a bag shared between Chris Radford and Prince Umanmielen.
The Texans will head approximately 90 miles west for their final road game of the season, as they face the Abilene Christian Wildcats on Saturday, November 13 at 1 p.m. CT. With a win, Tarleton would claim a winning season for the fourth consecutive season.