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Spear, Tigers fall just short at Louisiana College

Oct. 12, 2013 at 10 p.m.


ADAM LEDYARD

ETBU Sports Information

PINEVILLE, La. – It was a tale of two halves for the East Texas Baptist University football team in its American Southwest Conference opener at Louisiana College, and the Tigers were sitting pretty.

The Tigers held a 21-7 halftime lead but were only able to score three points in the final 30 minutes. The Wildcats scored 24 points in the span for a 31-24 come-from-behind victory on Saturday evening.

Elysian Fields' Trevor Spear was 13 of 25 for 230 yards and two touchdowns in his collegiate debut.

Toi Glover (32 carries, 148 yards) had his third 100-yard rushing game of 2013, and Jamaine Sherman (four receptions, 110 yards) finished with his third 100-yard receiving game of the season for ETBU.

The fourth quarter was the game changer, as the Tigers entered with a 24-21 lead, but an offside penalty on the defense continued a Louisiana College drive, and the Wildcats scored four plays later.

Easton Melancon threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Galyon for the go-ahead touchdown.

ETBU (2-3, 0-1 ASC) couldn't find the fast-paced offense they had earlier in the game, going three-and-out on its ensuing possession, as Louisiana College ran more time off the clock for a 27-yard field goal.

The Tigers had 1:22 remaining and the ball at their own 21-yard line, but the Louisiana College defense intercepted Spear's pass with two seconds remaining to end the game and complete the comeback.

It was all ETBU in the first half, as the Tigers won the coin toss and elected to take the ball. Spear's first collegiate pass was on the money to Sherman for a 65-yard touchdown for a 7-0 lead 12 seconds in.

The lead stretched to 14-0 on Spear's 1-yard touchdown run on a 12-play, 92-yard, 3 ½ minute drive.

Louisiana college (4-1, 2-0) cross the goal line for the first time with 3:48 to go in the first half and cutting its deficit to 13-7, but Spear had enough time for one more drive, finding D.J. Williams for a 33-yard touchdown pass. The Tigers took their 21-7 lead into halftime along with all the momentum.

ETBU kept its lead throughout the third quarter on Cory McNeil's 35-yard field goal midway through the frame, as the Tigers stretched their advantage to 24-14 before Louisiana College went on its run.

The Wildcats edged ETBU with 418 yards to the Tigers' 411 (230 passing, 181 rushing) and was a perfect 5-for-5 in the red zone. Joshua Eargle's group was only 2-for-4 and averaged 3.4 yards per carry.

Drew Benge led ETBU defensively with seven tackles and an interception. Dylan Bethea and Devin Mack also finished with seven tackles for the Tigers, who host Hardin-Simmons at 6 p.m. on Saturday for Homecoming night.

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