Hardin-Simmons’ football team limited East Texas Baptist to a season-low 252 yards and HSU rolled to a 55-17 win in American Southwest Conference action on Saturday night at Ornelas Stadium in Marshall.
The Cowboy defense forced a three-and-out on the first possession of the game and HSU went 48 yards in five plays to take a 7-0 lead. Tevin Mitchell capped the drive with a 17-yard touchdown run.
ETBU received a 41-yard kickoff and took advantage of the short field with a 52 yards drive for a touchdown. Toi Glover capped the drive with a 7-yard touchdown run. HSU took a 14-7 lead with 1:16 to play in the first quarter on a Mitchell 5-yard touchdown run. That drive was setup by a failed fake punt.
On the ensuing possession, ETBU fumbled and Josh Christian hit Jessie Ramos for a 26-yard touchdown two plays later with :42 to play in the first quarter.
ETBU kicked a 47-yard field goal by Cory McNeil on the next possession. It would be the Tigers last points until a Jamaine Sherman 8-yard touchdown with 2:22 to play.
JW Barnes later blocked an ETBU punt to setup up a short drive that led to a Colton Brewer 26 yard touchdown pass from Christian. Right before halftime Christian scored on a 3-yard run to make the score 34-10 at halftime.
Mitchell scored his third touchdown of the game in the third quarter on a 2-yard touchdown run to cap a 6-play 63-yard drive. Tyler Ryan intercepted a pass for the Cowboys and Christian hit Jimmie Simpson on the next play from 42 yards out.
Darren Seamster had a huge night for the Cowboys in his first start of the season. He had 11 tackles, 3.5 for loss and two sacks. Ryan Lewis had nine tackles.
Mitchell ran for 145 yards and three touchdowns. Josh Christian was 21-of-40 for 287 yards and three TDs.
HSU is now 3-3 on the year and 2-1 in American Southwest Conference action. ETBU fell to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in ASC action. HSU hosts Mary Hardin-Baylor next weekend. The winner of the HSU-UMHB game has claimed at least a share of every ASC title since 1998.
Information provided by HSU athletics department.