When: Saturday, October 5, 7 PM
Where; Javelina Stadium, Kingsville, TX
Weather: 85 Degrees @ Kickoff, Wind North, 7 MPH, 67 % Humidity
Radio: Lion Sports Network via 88.9 KETR (Commerce) or stream http://www.ketr.org Charlie Chitwood (Play By Play), Brock Calloway (Color/Analysis)
Live Stream: http://lonestarconferencenetwork.com/kingsville/
QB- Miklo Smalls, RS-Soph, 6’2, 185 LBS, Plano, TX (Plano East)
RB-Carandal Hale, Junior, 5’11 190 LBS, Greenville, TX (Greenville)
WR- Ryan Stokes, Senior, 6’3, 185 LBS, St Louis, MO (McCluer North)
WR- Chance Cooper, Junior, 6’3, 200 LBS, Rouse, TX, (Leander)
WR- Jeremiah Bridges, Sophomore, 5’10, 180 LBS, Powder Springs, GA (Hillgrove)
TE- Tyler Guice, Senior, 6’3, 250 LBS, Atlanta, GA (Eagles Landing)
LG- Deion Malone, Senior, 6’3, 295 LBS, Batesville, MS (South Panola)
LT- Amon Simon, RS-Junior, 6’5, 275 LBS, Humble TX, (Atascocita)
C- Christian Hernandez, Sophomore 6’1, 265 LBS, Frisco, TX (Lone Star)
RT- Richard West, Sophomore, 6’6, 240 LBS, San Antonio, TX (East Central)
RG- Dixon Siuele, Junior, 6’2, 305 LBS, Pago Pago, American Samoa, (Samoana)
NT- Pierre Leonard, Senior, 5’10, 300 LBS, Tyler, TX (John Tyler)
DT- Chris Williams, Senior, 6’1, 285 LBS, Atlanta, GA (Sandy Creek)
DE- Elijah Earls, RS-Junior, 6’0, 240 LBS, San Antonio, TX (Stevens)
DE- Ronathon Elmore, Sophomore, 6’5, 255 LBS, Bellville, MI (Bellville)
LB- Dominique Ramsey, RS-Junior 5’9 180 LBS, Converse, TX (Judson)
LB- Terrell Collins, Senior, 6’0, 245 LBS, St. Louis, MO (Hazelwood Central)
LB- Jalon Edwards-Cooper, Senior, 5’11, 175 LBS, Spring, TX (DeKaney)
LB- Neema Behbahani, Senior, 6’1, 230 LBS, Plano, TX (Plano)
DB- Kader Kohou RS-Junior, 5’11, 190 LBS, Euless, TX (Trinity)
DB- LA Dawson, Senior, 6’0, 180 LBS, Austin, TX (Lyndon B. Johnson)
FS- Alex Shillow, RS-Junior, 5’10, 185 LBS, Pflugerville, TX (Pflugerville)
Placekicker-Jake Viquez, RS-Junior, 5’10, 190 LBS, Rockwall, TX (Rockwall)
Place Holder-Preston Wheeler, Senior, 6’3, 200 LBS, Austin, TX (Bowie)
Punter-Andrew Gomez, Junior, 6’2, 210 LBS, Richardson, TX (Richardson)
Long Snapper-Wyatt Leath, Junior, 6’4, 245 LBS, Rockwall, TX (Heath)
Return Specialist-Dominique Ramsey, RS-Junior 5’9 180 LBS, Converse, TX (Judson)
Return Specialist-Kader Kohou RS-Junior, 5’11, 190 LBS, Euless, TX (Trinity)
Storylines: Headed into this game, both teams are wounded after last week. TAMUK fell to Eastern New Mexico 48-34 last week and are 1-3 with their only win being a 72-0 win over Division III Sul Ross State.. The Lions lost one of those games that just sticks with you for days after you lose it, and the only way to purge that feeling is to go on the road and hammer a rival, an opponent, and a team that really feels down right now.
One thing that has been consistent is that the two road games the Lions have played have not been impressive. They let a Western Oregon team stick around much longer than they should have and played very undisciplined on all sides of the ball in Pueblo. If the Lions are even going to think about winning a conference title, they are going to have to go on the road to Stephenville and to San Angelo, and learning how to win on the road starts now. The Lions needs a convincing win over the Hoggies to keep the Chennault Cup for the 8th straight year and come back home to prepare for a huge nationally televised game against Midwestern State.
Keys to the game-
Offensive Line-Protect Smalls and open up running lanes. If Smalls gets time, he will be deadly with his arsenal of potent receivers.
Defensive Backfield-Do not fall prey to the big play and keep everything in front of you.
Overall-NO STUPID PENALTIES. You can mouth off and jaw-jack AFTER you have won the game.
Notes: This is the Chennault Cup game, named after Lt. General Claire Lee Chennault. Chennault was born in Commerce and commanded an elite group of Pilots called “The Flying Tigers” that were named after the group that was made up of Chinese and American pilots to counter Japanese aggression during World War II. They painted their planes with Tigershark Teeth and designs.
Originally the Chennault Cup game was between East Texas State and Livingston (now West Alabama) due to Chennault being born in Commerce and getting his first Air Force Officer’s Commission in Montgomery, Alabama. After West Alabama decided to cancel their series, Texas A&I (now, Kingsville) decided to pick up the rivalry game as Chennault had helped trained Naval Air Forces at he had spent time in Kingsville helping train pilots at the Naval Air Station in Kingsville. The stretch of Highway 24 between Interstate 30 and the Northern Commerce City Limits has been designated by the State of Texas as the “Lt. General Claire Chennault Flying Tigers Highway.”
The overall series is led by The Javelinas are 35-29-1. The Lions have won 7 straight over the Javs and if they win Saturday, it will be the longest win streak in the history of the rivalry, as the Javs won every game from 1992-1998. The Lions streak started in 2012 due to a gutsy Deric Davis performance in a torrential downpour as the Lions shocked a ranked Kingsville team 21-14. It has also been 40 years since the Lions defeated the eventual national champions A&I in Commerce 3-0 in one of the best wins in program history to which our own at large editor, Russel McLean, was on the sidelines for. Billy Minor, our contributor, was 3-1 against them as a player and caught the game winning score in the 1991 win over a ranked Javelina team.