TYLER, Texas – A 13-point second quarter proved to be decisive for Bacone as the Warriors edged the Texas College Steers, 19-6, on Saturday.
Bacone scored on its opening possession of the second quarter when Tyler Thomas dashed 35 yards to finish off a seven-play, 66-yard scoring drive with 11:13 remaining.
Backup quarterback Ryan Morrow later engineered a six-play, 50-yard scoring drive and that ended with Morrow hitting Sheriff Thomas for a 15-yard TD pass with 55 seconds left in the half. Bacone led 13-6 at halftime.
The Steers led 6-0 in the first quarter on two Houston Creighton field goals of 38 and 37 yards. Both were set up by the Steers intercepting Bacone quarterback Kyle Kuban twice in Bacone territory.
“When we started, we didn’t play very well offensively,” Bacone coach Trevor Rubly said. “But I’m proud of the guys in the way they kept plugging.
“In the past, we would give up scores or get down early, we would throw up our arms and give up. That’s not us now. If a team gets up on us, we’ll continue to fight.”
The final score came with 2:06 in the third quarter when Morrow found tight end Rashad Rich for a 3-yard touchdown to increase the Warriors’ lead to 19-6.
Morrow completed 10 of 16 passes for 77 yards and the two TDs. Thomas finished with 117 yards rushing on 18 carries as the Warriors improved to 6-2 and won their fifth straight game.
Defensively, the Warriors held the Steers offense to 70 yards in total offense. Bacone collected 19 tackles for loss with three sacks.
Defensive end Dustin Sherer led the way with six tackles, one sack and four tackles for 19 yards in losses.
“Our defense definitely played well,” Rubly said. “Their offense didn’t get much going against us.”
Bacone’s home finale is next Saturday against Wayland Baptist. Kickoff is 2 p.m.
BACONE 19, TEXAS COLLEGE 6
Bacone 0 13 6 0—19
T. College 6 0 0 0— 6
T. College — Houston Creighton 38 FG, 4:05
T. College — Houston Creighton 37 FG, 2:14
OPSU — Caleb Holbrook 10 run (Carlos Nieto kick), 7:40
Bacone —Tyler Thomas 35 run (Chad Nichols kick), 11:13
Bacone — Sheriff Thomas 15pass from Ryan Morrow (kick failed), 0:55
Bacone — Rashad Rich 3 pass from Morrow (kick blocked), 2:06
First Downs 20 8
Rushes-Yards 44-183 36-37
Passing Yards 98 33
Passes (C-A-I) 13-26-3 6-21-1
Punts-Average 7-28.9 11-40.8
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 3-1
Penalties-Yards 4-35 14-83
Time of possession 35:48 24:00
Rushing: Bacone, Thomas 18-117, Aron McCoy 9-37. Texas College, Burns 6-28, Allen 3-14.
Passing: Bacone, Ryan Morrow 10-16-0—77, Kyle Kuban 3-10-3—21. Texas College, Harper 2-13-0—30.
Receiving: Bacone, Rashad Rich 5-45, Sheriff Thomas 4-25. Texas College, Allen 3-44.