The Texas College Steers and Houston Baptist University Huskies will try to get into the win column Saturday as the two football teams meet at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.
Kickoff for the non-conference affair is noon.
Both clubs are seeking a win before their conference seasons begin next week.
The Steers (0-3) are led by quarterback Curtez Griffin, who has completed 26 of 45 pass attempts for 311 yards and a pair of touchdowns this season. His favorite targets have been wide receiver Phillip Callier (15 catches, 216 yards) and Bradford Lewis (12-123, TD). Running back Edward Burns tops the rushing department with 32 carries for 63 yards and a touchdown.
Tackle Justin Herman leads Texas College defensively with 17 tackles, while safety Taurean Trahan and cornerback Alonzo Roberson each have 15 tackles. DeVontae Morris has the Steers’ lone interception of the year.
The Huskies (0-2) are led defensively by their freshmen linebacking corps of Garrett Dolan (who leads the Southland Conference and ranks third in nation with 15.0 tackles per game, along with 2.5 sacks), Terrell Brown III (18 tackles total tackles) and Cody Moncure (11 tackles).
HBU has nine sacks on the year with junior defensive end Josh Jones recording a pair which led directly to scores. Freshman safety Taylor Thompson and junior cornerback Mike Cole each have an interception.
Offensively, the Huskies will start quarterback Jonathan Fleming. The sophomore has completed 41 of 74 pass attempts for 338 yards and a touchdown. Freshman running back B.J. Kelly has 113 rushing yards and freshman Larry Day has 70 yards and a touchdown. Freshman wide receiver Wesley Lewis leads the Huskies with 10 catches for 84 yards and senior tight end Kenneth Bibbins has 10 catches for 75 yards. Freshman wide receiver D’Angelo Wallace has made eight catches for 77 yards and a touchdown.
Last season, HBU defeated Texas College, 49-7.
Each week a TC player of the game is named by the coaching staff. Against Texas Southern, running back Burns was the offensive selection and Gilmer’s Jeremy McMillan, a defensive back was named the top defender. Justin Crawford was the special teams player.
In last week’s setback to Lamar receiver Philip Callier from Tyler was the top offensive player. Lineman Justin Harmon (defense) and Katta Dabayou (special teams) also earned notice.
TC opens Central States Football League play Saturday, Sept. 27 at TMF Rose Stadium against Oklahoma Panhandle State. Kickoff is noon.
After traveling to the Rose City, the Huskies will return home for their first-ever Southland Conference game when they host Abilene Christian for Family Weekend Saturday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. at Husky Stadium.
STEER NOTES: Ticket prices are $10 (general admission) and $15 (reserve).