ETBU returns home to face Louisiana College
By Adam Ledyard ETBU Sports Information
Oct. 5, 2012 at 10 p.m.
MARSHALL - The comforts of home are always nice, and East Texas Baptist University will be back in their own yard today facing another nationally ranked team in No. 21 Louisiana College.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Ornales Stadium.
It has been over a month since East Texas Baptist has played at Ornelas Stadium. The Tigers trekked to Oregon, Seguin and Sherman in the past month along with a bye week.
"We've got to go back to work and keep a loss anything more than just a loss just like when you win you don't it to become more than one win," ETBU head coach Mark Sartain said. "We have been working hard this week for Louisiana College. They are a good football team."
Tthe Tigers will be looking for the upset and playing for their first American Southwest Conference win after dropping a heart breaker in Seguin to Texas Lutheran, 34-28. Louisiana College brings skilled players to Marshall with an offense that averages more than 400 yard per game.
They are led by quarterback Jamie Bunting who has thrown for 892 yards. The Louisiana College offense is also led by running back Ryan Montague who has more than 500 yards rushing in four games while averaging 128 yards per game and five yards per rush.
The defense brings a unit that has six sacks and six interceptions on the year. Peter Ford leads the team with 19.5 tackles.
Louisiana College (3-1) defeated Howard Payne last week, 38-6. They have wins over NAIA programs Webber International, 34-16, and Belhaven College, 24-13, with their lone loss in Pineville to No. 6 Wesley College, 25-22, on a last second field goal.
This will be the 13th meeting between the two programs as the series is tied a six a piece, with Louisiana College winning the last four contests. ETBU's last win against Louisiana College was a 27-23 decision in 2007.
East Texas Baptist (1-3, 0-1) has six games remaining.
"There is a lot of football left to play and the age we live in tends to over-hype what you do in success or failure," Sartain said. "There is still plenty of opportunities to make our mark in the ASC. One of the things I shared with our guys on Monday morning to start the week was regardless of the outcome of last Saturday it doesn't change at all what we still have to do if we want to accomplish what we have set out to accomplish. Had we won Saturday, Louisiana College is still coming to town and then we go to Hardin-Simmons and then Howard Payne is coming here. All that has to take place regardless. Quite honestly, nothing's changed."
The Tigers will be looking to avenge a 7-point loss to Louisiana College, 31-24, last year in Pineville. The Tigers match up well with Louisiana College, averaging 383.3 yards of offense per game while the Wildcats have 425 yards per game. Offensively, East Texas Baptist has been averaging 20.8 points per game while Louisiana College has put up 29.5 points.
East Texas Baptist started ASC play last Saturday in Seguin and jumped out to a quick start taking a 14-0 lead. The momentum shifted in the second half as Texas Lutheran scored 21 straight points for a 34-21 lead as the Tigers had to play from behind. The come-from-behind effort took place but fell short as East Texas Baptist fell, 34-28.
Roy Denbow scored with 51 seconds left in the game to put the Tigers within six but an unsuccessful onside kick gave Texas Lutheran the chance to run out the clock for the ASC opening win.
Senior Alex Cloudy produced his first 'pick-six' interception of his career in the third quarter on a 37-yard return to put the Tigers up, 21-13. It was his first interception of the year and he finished with six solo tackles and two break ups.
"That was a big play for Alex," said Sartain. "Alex has come a long, long way as a young man, emotionally, physically, and has prepared very diligently for this season and it was a very rewarding time for him and us to see him pull that off."
Another career highlight for the Tigers was sophomore Roy Denbow as he produced six catches for 130 yards. He had a career-best 67 yard catch and also added another touchdown to his stats for the 2012 season.
"Louisiana College is probably the toughest opponent we have faced this far and in rights should have beat Wesley College two weeks ago in Pineville," Sartain said. "They are certainly the most talented football team we have faced to this point and might be the most we will face the entire year. They always have a stable of skilled people that rival none in our conference. We have our work cut out for us."