Cowboys Set For Home Opener

Cowboys Set For Home Opener


Sept. 14, 2019 - 6 p.m. - Abilene, Texas

Shelton Stadium - 100.7 FM

Game Notes In PDF

Overall: HSU leads 22-6-4

Streak: HSU, Won 4

Last Meeting: HSU won 42-33 in San Antonio in 2018

Hardin-Simmons had 453 yards on the ground and 560 in the game as the Cowboys won the season opener in San Antonio. Jaquan Hemphill had 258 yards and two scores and Marc Reed ran for 124 yards and a touchdown and threw for 107 more yards and two more scores. Dedrick Strambler had a late interception in the end zone to help preserve the win.

Series Notes: Saturday's meeting between HSU and Trinity will be the 33rd meeting between the two teams. HSU owns a 22-6-4 advantage and has won four straight games in the series. In the Division III era, HSU has a 5-1 all-time advantage. The two teams played deep in the playoffs in 1999 and 2000. In 1999, the Tigers won 40-33 in San Antonio and the Cowboys won the next year in Abilene, when Melvin Dudley knocked away a pass in the end zone to end the game and send the Cowboys to the NCAA semifinals. Ironically, the pass was intended for Jehreme Urban, the current Tiger head coach.


Setting The Scene

Hardin-Simmons will open its home slate with a 6 p.m. kickoff against Trinity...HSU has won four straight home openers and are 52-26-3 all-time in the home opener...The Cowboys have won 13 straight regular-season games against non-conference opponents...HSU is coming off a 64-0 win at Sul Ross State last week...The Cowboys limited the Lobos to just 96 yards of total offense, which was the third-best defensive day in school history. 


On The Air

Hardin-Simmons Football will once again be broadcast locally on 100.7 FM. Video broadcasts with full production will be available for all home games. Most road games will have a video broadcast produced by the home team. There will be links available on for each game. You can also listen on your mobile phone using the HSU Athletics app. Al Pickett is in his 15th season in the Cowboys' play-by-play chair and 16th overall on the broadcast team. Former Cowboy quarterback Travis Jones will handle the color commentary duties for home games and director of athletic communications Chad Grubbs will handle the color analysis for the road games.


Moving On Up

Jesse Burleson is in his ninth season at the helm of the Cowboys and he moved to second place on the HSU wins list with the win on Saturday. He now has 59 career wins and passed Warren Woodson. Burleson's predecessor Jimmie Keeling is the all-time leader with 181 wins.  


Next Up

The Cowboys will hit the road to Howard Payne for a 1 p.m. game at Gordon Wood Stadium next week.


Consistently Good

The Cowboys went 9-2 for the fourth straight season in 2018. HSU is one of just seven teams in Division III with nine or more wins in each of the last four seasons. HSU joins that list with Mount Union, Mary Hardin-Baylor, Saint John's, Delaware Valley, Johns Hopkins and St. Thomas.


In The Polls

HSU is No. 9 in the poll. The AFCA poll will start after this week's games. The Cowboys have now been ranked 47 straight weeks in the in-season poll. HSU has been ranked inside the top 10 for 26 of those weeks and haven't been lower than No. 13 since week No. 8 of the 2015 season.


An HSU Win Would

▶ Give HSU 14 straight wins in non-conference action.

▶ Make HSU 23-1 in the last 24 regular-season games at Shelton Stadium. 

▶ Push the winning streak to five straight in home openers.

▶ Make the Cowboys 21-5 under the lights under Jesse Burleson.

▶ Make the Cowboys 23-7 in September under Burleson.



Saturday Rewind

The Cowboys rolled to a 64-0 win and it could have been even more. HSU settled for four short field goal attempts and fumbled the ball away at the 1-yard line. The Cowboys were dominant from the opening kickoff, averaging 9.1 yards per play and limiting the Lobos to 1.7 yards per play.


Welcome Back

Senior Jaquan Hemphill made his return to the lineup and rushed for 148 yards on 17 carries. It was his 12th 100-yard rushing effort of his career. He is 1,256 yards away from the school record in rushing yards and needs three touchdowns to pass Lance Moore in rushing touchdowns.  


Dominating D

The Cowboy defense was dominant in the win over Sul Ross State. The Cowboys allowed just 96 yards and five first downs en route to the shutout. Sul Ross managed just 24 yards on the ground on 30 carries and the Lobos went 2-of-16 on third down. The defense forced a pair of turnovers. Cam Hanna had a jackhammer hit that caused a fumble that was recovered by Hunter Creasey on the first Lobo possession and Jeff McCutcheon had an interception.


Strong Debut

Brennen Wooten was solid in his Cowboy debut. He completed 10-of-15 passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 17 yards and a touchdown. He hit Kevi Evans on a 65-yard touchdown pass on his second throw of the game and hit Evans twice more for scores of 35 and 43 yards. He played eight series and the Cowboys scored touchdowns on five of the series, two ended in field goals and the other was halted after one play on a fumble.



Kevi Evans had a solid start to his sophomore campaign as he caught five passes for 147 yards and three touchdowns. He ran past the defense for scores of 65, 43 and 35 yards. It was the second three-touchdown performance of his career. He was one of eight different Cowboys to catch a pass on Saturday in the win.


First Starts

Eight Cowboys made their first career start on Saturday. On offense, Brennen Wooten (QB), Zack Mack (LT), Eli Berkel (C), and Carson Ikels (RT) got their first starts. On defense, Cam Hanna (SS), Matt Girard (MLB), Terrell Franklin (WLB) and David Wilson (CB) got starts.


Quarterback Sack

Kyle Zavala recorded the only sack of the game for the Cowboys, but that doesn't tell the story of the defensive line. The front four was in the backfield all night long for the Cowboys to disrupt the flow of the Lobo offense.


Spreading The Wealth

Matt Girard led the team with eight tackles in first career start. HSU had 25 different players record at least one tackle in the game.


New Look Offensive Line

The Cowboys' new-look offensive line had a solid start. The Cowboys did not allow a sack and averaged 7.9 yards per rush and 9.1 yards per play. With the tight ends included, the Cowboys played 20 different players up front. 


First Pick

Senior Jeffrey McCutcheon recorded his first career interception for the Cowboys in the win. McCutcheon is in his second season with the Cowboys.  


Pogue Earns Player of the Week

Junior kicker Jamie Pogue had a solid day in the opener. He went 3-for-4 on field goals and tied the school record for field goals in a game and he was also 7-for-8 on PATs. He also handled the kickoff duties for the Cowboys. HSU did not punt in the game. The 16 points scored is also a school record for a kicker.   


Call Me Captain

The Cowboys vote on their captains in the spring and name two offensive, two defensive and a special teams captain. Jonathan Castaneda and Jaquan Hemphill are the offensive captains and Blake Johnston and Hunter Creasey are the defensive captains. Jaxson Money is the special teams captain for the 2019 season.