Angelo State nips Hounds in final minute

CNJ staff

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Senior quarterback Josh Neiswander threw his fifth touchdown pass of the game, a 9-yarder to Tristan Carter with 32 seconds left, and Angelo State outlasted Eastern New Mexico University 41-38 Saturday night in a Lone Star Conference crossover game.

ENMU (1-1) erased a 14-point, second-quarter deficit, taking its first lead since the first quarter when redshirt freshman running back Melvis Hawkins capped an eight-play, 78-yard drive on a 3-yard TD run with 2:30 left in the game. The drive began after the Greyhounds stopped a fourth-down pass attempt by Neiswander with 3:55 left at the ENMU 22.

Sophomore quarterback Wes Wood threw for four touchdowns for the Hounds, giving him 11 TD tosses in two games.

Because of a computer problem, official game statistics were not immediately available after the game.

ENMU’s other points came on a 28-yard field goal by sophomore Taylor Cannon following the second-half kickoff, pulling the Hounds to 21-17.

The Rams, playing their season opener, scored in less than two minutes, with Neiswander connecting with receiver V’Keon Lacey on a 4-yard scoring play.

Ryan Smith’s PAT kick was wide, though, and the Hounds moved in front 7-6 on a 6-yard pass from Wood to Carl Bouldin with 8:24 left in the quarter, capping a five-play, 65-yard drive.

The Rams opened a 21-7 lead in the second period when Neiswander found Nate Bayless on a 17-yard TD pass — that same combination hooked up for the 2-point conversion — and then hit John Norcutt on a 10-yard score with 3:54 to go. ENMU countered with a nine-play, 69-yard march ending in a three-yard pass from Wood to Chase Kyser with 1:43 left in the half.

The teams traded scores from that point into the fourth quarter. After Cannon’s field goal, Tristan Carter scored on a 16-yard run to make it 27-17 as Smith’s PAT failed again.

The Hounds pulled to within three points again less than two minutes later when Wood found Jessie Poku on a 54-yard scoring pass.

Down 34-24, the Hounds pulled close when Wood hit Arvin Jackson from 11-yard out with 7:27 to go.

On the Hounds’ next possession, Wood had a pass intercepted by the Rams’ Austin Benson at the ENMU 20, but Carter was thrown for a two-yard loss on the first play, Neiswander’s pass to Norcutt was stopped for no gain and the next two passes fell incomplete to give ENMU possession.

Wood completed a 14-yard pass to Jackson, Tony Valenzuela ran for 27 yards to the Angelo 33 and Hawkins then broke off a 30-yard run to the 3 to set up the go-ahead score.