Texas A&M-Kingsville comes back from 17-point deficit to top Tarleton, 21-17

CALEB MCCAIG cmccaig@empiretribune.com

Saturday's homecoming game was truly a tale of two halves. 

The first 30 minutes of play was dominated by the Texans. Tarleton scored 17 unanswered points while out-gaining the Javelinas 203 total yards to 101 yards. 

A&M-Kingsville's first possession resulted in an interception by Tarleton safety Elliott Hart. The ensuing drive saw Tarleton take their first lead as quarterback Zed Woerner found Bubba Tandy for a six-yard score. 

Later in the first quarter, the Texans orchestrated an error free 12-play, 92 yard drive which was capped off once again by a Zed Woerner touchdown pass, this time a four yard hook up to Del'Michael High. 

The final score of the half came late in the second quarter as Tarleton kicker Sergio Sroka drilled a 22-yard field goal. 

After the halfway mark it was almost all the A&M-Kingsville show. 

Following two successful field goal attempts in the third quarter to cut Tarleton's lead to 17-6, the Javelinas finally found the end zone early in the fourth quarter as quarterback Myles Carr hit Stehly Reden from four yards out. A successful two-point conversion then saw Tarleton's lead cut down to only three points. 

Almost ten minutes later the Tarleton homecoming crowd witnessed what was on the fan base's mind for most of the second half as Carr hit Reden once again on a 29-yard pass to give A&M-Kingsville a 21-17 lead with less than three minutes remaining in the game. 

With all of the momentum in the Javelina's favor the Texan offense once again couldn't muster anything positive as they went four and out with the only notable play being a sack.

While Tarleton likely shouldn't have had another great opportunity to win the game, Stephenville's own Chase Varnado recovered a fumble on third down and returned it to the Javelina 41 yard line to give the Texans one last gasp of hope.

Unfortunately for the Texans, their last possession resembled their previous one as they went four and out without completing a pass allowing A&M-Kingsville to kneel out the clock. 

Like the Texans did in the first half, the Javelinas dominated the second half statistically. Tarleton managed to only accumulate 48 total yards of offense in the games final 30 minutes, while A&M-Kingsville racked up 261 yards. 

With the loss, the Texans fall to 4-4 on the season and 4-2 in Lone Star Conference play. 

Tarleton's next scheduled contest is set for next Saturday on the road at Oklahoma Panhandle State.