When and Where: Thursday, August 30, Ernest Hawkins Field at Memorial Stadium, Commerce, Texas.
2017 Javelinas: 4-7 overall, 2-6 in the Lone Star Conference.
Points Per Game: 26.6
Points Per Game Allowed: 31.36
Leading Passer: Cade Dyal, RS-Sophomore 191/307 Attempts, 62.2 % Completion, 19 TD Passes, 10 INT’s.
Leading Rusher: Nick Pelrean, Senior, 115 Rushes, 771 Yards, 6.4 Yards Per Carry, 7 Rushing Touchdowns.
Leading Receiver: Kyle Plum, Senior, 28 Receptions, 309 Yards Receiving, 11.04 Yards Per Catch.
Notes: This is without a doubt the Lone Star Conference’s most storied rivalry. The Javelinas hold a 35-28-1 record in the all time series, and is the only team in the Lone Star Conference that own the all time series against the Lions. Between the two schools, there are 52 LSC Conference/Division titles (27 for the Hoggies, 25 For the Lions), 9 National Championships, (Javs have 7 in the NAIA, Lions have one in the NAIA and one in the NCAA), 13 Harlon Hill Nominees (11 for the Javelinas, 3 for the Lions (Gary Compton, Eric Turner, Luis Perez (2 Time) and 2 Harlon Hill Winners (Johnny Bailey for Kingsville won 3 straight from 1986-1988, Luis Perez won in 2017 for the Lions.)
The Longest winning streak for any team was when the Javelinas defeated the Lions from 1992-1999, for 8 straight wins. However, the Lions are quickly catching up quickly as they have won 6 straight Chennault Cups from 2012-2017. The Lions would need to win the next 2 to tie the and the next 8 in order to take the all time series lead.
There is a chance that ESPN3 picks up this game for their small college spotlight game. Thursday in Texas featuring two perennial rivals and storied programs is something that I believe would add to the excitement of the season opener. The fans and especially the students would be rocking at The Hawk, and who would not love to notch a conference win, against a rival on a Thursday night to open the season? I know I would.
Stay Tuned this week at Billy Minor will be writing about his 3-1 record against the Hoggies and the great set of wins the Lions of the late 80’s and early 90’s, and Russell McLean will retell the story of one of the greatest wins in program history when a powerful and championship Javelina team visited Commerce, and left on the wrong side of the scoreboard.