Weekend Tiger Athletics: ETBU Sweeps ASC Pod at LeTourneau
VOLLEYBALL: LONGVIEW, Texas (9/30/13) – It was a great American Southwest Conference POD for East Texas Baptist University as they swept through with three straight wins. ETBU came away with victories over Mississippi College, LeTourneau University and Texas-Tyler to now stand at 14-5 and 3-2 in the ASC.
Mallory Sanders led ETBU in the three matches with 28 kills while Melanie Moyer added 27 kills. Kayla Taylor finished with 50 total assists.
ETBU 3, Mississippi College 0
ETBU took their first of three matches with a Friday win over Mississippi College, 25-23, 25-13, 27-25, for their ninth win of the year. ETBU hit .239 overall with 41 kills and their second set was the best hitting set with a .265 percentage.
Adaeze Elonu led the team with 10 kills and had four assisted blocks. Moyer added 10 digs and Taylor posted 21 assists. Nicole Buzzard also had 15 assists. Hannah Jones led the defense with 14 digs.
ETBU 3, LeTourneau 0
On Saturday, ETBU started the day with a 3-0 win over LeTourneau, 25-20, 25-19, 25-14 to improve to 3-2 in the ASC. ETBU hit .275 overall and had a .355 hitting percentage in set two and a .367 hitting percentage in set three. Moyer lead the team with 11 kills and two digs. Jones once again had a great game on defense with 18 digs.
ETBU 3, Texas –Tyler 0
Finishing out the day with the complete sweep, ETBU took their third win on the weekend over Texas-Tyler, 26-24, 25-12, 25-20, to improve to 14-5 and 4-2 in the ASC. Moyer collected a double-double with 11 kills and 12 digs to lead ETBU. Sanders finished with 15 kills and 10 digs for a double-double as Buzzard had 14 assists and Taylor 18 assists. Jones added 18 digs and Elonu posted five blocks.
ETBU hit .264 overall with a .455 hitting percentage in set two. They had 47 kills overall.
ETBU travels to Centenary College on Tuesday night for a 6:00 p.m. match in Shreveport, La.
Willamette Crashes Rain Party at Ornelas Stadium in Eargle Debut
By Tyler Clifton, Marshall News Messenger
FOOTBALL: MARSHALL NEWS MESSENGER (9/29/13) - It was definitely a case of missed opportunities for the East Texas Baptist University football team on Saturday night, and a 1 ½-hour weather delay made for some tough conditions for both parties.
There were no excuses, and although the numbers were similar yardage wise in both halves, visiting Willamette (3-0) took advantage of five turnovers, and ETBU (2-1) missed several opportunities in the red zone in an eventual 45-25 loss at Ornelas Stadium in the home opener of the Joshua Eargle era.
The teams combined for 185 plays (94 WU, 91 ETBU) and 990 yards of total offense (498 WU, 492 ETBU), but 113 yards worth of penalties and the inability to hold onto the football doomed the Tigers.
"We were up against an older football team and established program which got votes (for the Top 25) and is a well-coached, disciplined group,” Eargle said. "They did a better job than we did of adapting to the conditions, and there are no excuses on our end. Our guys know the mistakes we made are fixable.”
Willamette had two 110-yard rushers in Taylor Wyman (18 carries, 117 yards, two touchdowns) and Dylan Jones (18-110-2), while quarterback Josh Dean accounted for 262 yards of total offense.
Toi Glover ran 37 times for 187 yards for the Tigers, but they never found the end zone on the ground.
Brendan Manion led the Bearcats with 14 tackles (2.5 for loss), a sack and an interception. Jack Nelson finished with 14 tackles (one for loss) and a sack and Corey Walsh added 12 tackles (0.5 for loss).
Ja’Kory Hunter led ETBU with 11 tackles (two for loss). Drew Benge finished with nine tackles (1.5 TFL).
"Anytime you play against a good football team, you can’t afford to make mistakes,” Eargle said. "We had too many penalties (12 for 113 yards), and we have to make them pay when we have all the hard work to get down field. We got to the end zone twice and had the ball knocked loose for touchbacks.”
Jones opened the second half with a 54-yard touchdown run, and the Tigers responded with a little trickery to get back on the board with receiver Tyler Bates’ 37-yard touchdown pass to D.J. Williams.
Bates was later on his normal receiving end of a 21-yard scoring toss from Warbington, but Dean was equal to the task and showed his senior leadership with a 74-yard touchdown to Derek Traegor.
ETBU twice got to the Willamette 14 on drives but was unable to score points on either occasion, and instead of potentially pulling within single digits, the Tigers trailed 38-18 entering the third quarter.
The Bearcats eventually wore down the ETBU defense, with Wyman scoring the final touchdown on a 6-yard run, and Tiger defensive end Thomas Warren fell on a fumble in the end zone for the final margin.
Starting quarterback Brooks Holder was out with an ankle injury, but Warbington was up to the task.
"Josh did a decent job of running our offense, but we didn’t make the plays as a team,” Eargle said.
Warbington threw a 50-yard pass to Roy Butler on ETBU’s opening possession of the game, and Glover found an opening up the middle toward the end zone but was stripped of the ball seven yards downfield by Manion, and the ball was recovered by Jack Nelson to negate the Tigers’ scoring chance.
ETBU received a second opportunity and took advantage, with Warbington completing another third-down pass to Bates for a 43-yard touchdown, but the kicker slipped on the extra-point try for a 6-0 lead.
Willamette took the lead for good behind the strong running of Jones, who had a 14-yard run and another from 23 yards out for a touchdown and 7-6 advantage at the 11:21 mark of the first quarter.
ETBU responded in only two plays with Warbington’s 44-yard pass to Marcus Olearnick, but the receiver was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, and the touchdown was taken away to stall the drive.
Willamette’s Wyman answered with a pair of runs from 11 and 53 yards out, the latter into the end zone for a touchdown and 14-6 lead, and the Bearcats fell on ETBU’s fumble on the ensuing kickoff.
Kyle Derby’s 24-yard field goal increased the advantage to 11 with 6:54 remaining in the first quarter.
Warbington was stopped at the 1-yard line on a third potential touchdown, and both teams got sloppy.
Romeo Botelua recovered Dean’s fumble caused by Benge, but the Tigers simply couldn’t get their offense in check, and a snap over punter Cody Pruitt’s head gave the ball to Willamette.
In a case of turnabout being fair play, ETBU blocked Dean’s punt yet still trailed 17-6 after one.
Rashieed Jeffery got his hands on the ball which was fallen on by Aaron Collins, but Willamette continued to stymie the Tiger offense and didn’t even falter after Daniel Esposito’s interception.
Manion picked off a pass of his own, taking Warbington 37 yards the other way for a 24-6 lead.
Botelua was whistled for the Tigers’ third unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the first 30 minutes, and the score remained the same until intermission on Derby’s missed field goal from 29 yards out.
Glover already had 100 yards on 20 carries, and Warbington completed six of 13 passes for 151 yards but was sacked four times (five overall). ETBU shot itself in the foot on several occasions, yet the total offense numbers were similar, with 238 for Willamette and 229 for the Tigers. The difference was the ground game, where the Bearcats had 188 yards in the half on 29 carries to ETBU’s 78 (two yards per carry).
Bates had a productive night, as he also finished with three kickoff returns for 132 yards.
ETBU plays its final non-conference game at 6 p.m. Saturday at home with Texas Lutheran.
Price Leads ETBU with Top 10 Finish at HSU Invite
CROSS COUNTRY (M)- MARSHALL, TEXAS (9/29/13) – The East Texas Baptist University men’s cross country team resumed their season this weekend with the Hardin-Simmons University Invitational in Abilene, Texas. There were five men’s programs competing in the invitational as ETBU finished fifth overall with 123 points.
Landon Price was the top runner for ETBU finishing in the top 10 at eighth place out of 45 runners in the four-mile race. He crossed the line with a time of 24:57 as the top NCAA Division III runner amongst NCAA Division II McMurry University and Angelo State University and NCAA Division III Texas-Dallas and the University of Dallas and just 16 seconds off being in the top five. Ian Spencer followed in 14th place to round out the top 20 for ETBU with a time of 25:12.
Seth Powers then came in 34th place with a time of 28:22 as Ramiro Mendez was in 37th (29:22) and Jordan Tarbutton came in 45th place at 32:37.
ETBU will next run on Saturday, October 5th, in Shreveport, La. at Centenary College.
• Landon Price 24:57.00, 8th
• Ian Spencer 25:12.00, 14th
• Seth Powers 28:22.00, 34th
• Ramiro Mendez 29:22.00, 37th
• Jordan Tarbutton 32:37.00, 45th
Women's Team Finishes in 6th Place
CROSS COUNTRY (W) ABILENE, Texas (9/29/13) – After a three week layoff from competition, the East Texas Baptist University women’s cross country team finished sixth of seven teams at the Hardin-Simmons University Invitational. ETBU posted 183 points for sixth place ahead of Austin College and just five points behind Schreiner University. ETBU ran against NCAA Division II and III programs.
Shelby Sparks finished in the top 20 out of 60 runners in 19th place in the three-mile run. She had a 23:27 in the race. Following her was Shelby Taylor in 25th with a time of 23:57 for a top 30 finish. Megan Merrill just missed the top 30 in 32nd place (24:20) while Leslie Martinez came in 54th (29:09) and Tori Turner was 58th (31:44).
ETBU next runs on October 5th in Shreveport, La., at Centenary College.
• Shelby Sparks 23:27.00, 19th
• Shelby Taylor 23:57.00, 25th
• Megan Merrill 24:20.00, 32nd
• Leslie Martinez 29:09.00, 54th
• Tori Turner 31:44.00, 58th