The win column continues to elude the University Trojans, who dropped their 37th consecutive loss in Friday’s season opener against Austin LBJ.
Austin LBJ quarterback Aaron Green threw two touchdown passes to wide out Deon Collins, and the Jaguars jumped on an inexperienced Trojan squad early to cruise to a 45-7 win Friday at Waco ISD Stadium.
First-year head coach Rodney Smith, who guided the University basketball team deep into the playoffs last spring before moving to the football field, understands where his program is at, what it’s going to take to break the streak.
“You coach anything, and you’ve got to get your guys to compete at a high level,” Smith said. “We had a lot of young guys whose eyes were wide open on Friday night, and it showed.
“But we’ll take a lot from this game, then go back to the drawing board and try to do better next week.”
The Trojans, returning one offensive starter from last year’s squad and breaking in a new quarterback, never threatened in the game, falling behind 24-0 before scoring their only touchdown of the night just before halftime.
Jordan Perkins, in his first start at quarterback, threw for 49 yards and a touchdown on 6-of-11 passing. He finished with 5 yards rushing, thanks to two consecutive losses on late fourth-quarter plays that shaved 30 yards off his stat sheet.
“I thought he did some things well,” Smith said. “I was hoping we would give him a little more time to throw than we did.”
The Trojans managed just 21 yards of total offense in the second half, and finished the game with 106 total yards.
The Jaguars led 10-0 when Collins and Green connected the first time, a 60-yard catch and run early in the second quarter. They hooked up again, this time from 21 yards out, on Austin LBJ’s first drive of the second half to stake the Jaguars to a 31-7 lead.
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The Trojan defense played solid at times, including two stops in the red zone, and an interception in the end zone by C.J. Crane early in the fourth quarter.
Crane’s interception was a short-lived highlight for University, which fumbled at its own 3 on the next play. Austin LBJ scored on the recovery for the second of three second-half touchdowns.
The Jaguars finished 11 players in the rushing column, led by Brian Batts with 76 yards and two touchdowns. His 7-yard run at the 6:47 mark of the fourth quarter capped the night’s scoring.
University’s defense let LBJ off the ropes on the game’s opening drive, allowing a 22-yard completion on a third and 20 play. The Jaguars quickly moved downfield before the second-chance drive stalled at the University 14. Ian McIntosh booted a 21-yard field goal at the 7:56 mark of the first quarter to open the scoring.
Batts did all of the work on Austin LBJ’s second scoring drive, with runs of 11 and 19 yards to set up his three-yard touchdown run to make it 10-0.
The Jaguars marched only 30 yards for their final first-half touchdown, 23 of that coming on a run by Ja’len Cleveland that set up Green’s one-yard touchdown to make it 24-0.
University covered 47 yards in just under two minutes at the end of the half to get on the board. Perkins found C.J. Crane in the corner of the end zone with :03 left in the half to make it 24-7.