GEORGETOWN, Texas – History was made for East Texas Baptist University opening up with a 2-0 record for the first time in program history and breaking the record for total offense. The artificial turf was on fire at Birkelbach Field as ETBU finished with 683 yards of total offense and tied the record for passing touchdowns with six from Brooks Holder, Josh Warbington, and Jake McClain.
“We put the vision in front of our players about being 2-0 and they chased after it and we were able to make it happen thanks to those kids playing so hard,” says head coach Joshua Eargle. “It was a great effort team wise and I am really proud of their efforts as we got better this week and that is what I am most proud of.”
ETBU scored on their first two possessions to take a 14-0 lead on drives led by Holder who finished 6-of-6 for 79 yards. Josh Warbington came in for the rest of the first half and part of the second half going 14-of-18 for 276 yards and three touchdowns while Jake McClain finished with a 6-of-7 performances and one touchdown for 107 yards.
Jamaine Sherman made it two games in a row scoring a touchdown as he caught five passes for 98 yards and Tyler Bates was behind him with two receiving touchdowns and five catches for 97 yards. D.J. Williams and Alex Curl both were on receiving ends for touchdowns, too.
After a 14-0 lead, Tyler Bates picked up his first of two touchdowns on a four-yard pass from Warbington with 3:28 left in the first quarter. Southwestern put their first points on the board with a field goal in the second quarter only to see ETBU score with 10:49 left as Toi Glover pushed his way in from one-yard out making it 28-3.
ETBU put up 21 points in the third quarter quickly scoring just 53 seconds into the second half. Sherman went 68-yards on a pass from Warbington as ETBU went up 35-3. Three minutes later Southwestern’s Dante Smith dashed in from eight-yards out cutting the lead to 25, 35-10. It was all ETBU from that point on as Bates and Jourdan McNeill crossed the goal line. Bates earned his second touchdown on the night on a 50-yard pass from Warbington with 10:45 left in the quarter and then McNeill jumped over the defensive line with 3:34 on the clock making it 49-10.
For the third time in the game, ETBU produced a 50+ yard touchdown pass as McClain rocketed a pass to Donovan O’Connor for 58-yards putting the 56th point on the board.
McNeill led the ETBU rushing game with 54 yards on 10 carries while John Gable had 49 yards on six carries. Glover recorded the other rushing touchdown with 29 yards on eight carries.
Defensively, Aaron Collins led the team with eight tackles, six that were solo while Bryan Chase added seven, and David Lee six tackles. Thomas Warren, Kenderson Cooks, David Jaynes, Nate Taylor, and Dylan Maxwell all had a sack and ETBU had nine tackles-for-loss for 39 yards.
“This was a big win and we have won both of our games on the road and that says a lot about the character of these young men,” says Eargle.
ETBU kicks off new traditions next week with Tiger Alley and tailgating firing up at 4:00 p.m. by the stadium. If you would like a spot call the ETBU football office and talk to Sharon Hall. ETBU host Willamette, who is also 2-0, at 7:00 p.m. at Ornelas Stadium.