Tarleton, WNMU meet in LSC football

Tarleton State and linebacker Cody Burtscher, shown intercepting a pass last week, host Western New Mexico at 7 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium. || Photo by Dr. CHET MARTIN

Special to The Flash

Tarleton welcomes new league rival Western New Mexico to Stephenville tomorrow night for ‘Pink Out’ Night as the Texans (2-3, 2-1) aim for their second straight Lone Star Conference victory at Memorial Stadium.

HEB Texan Alley will be on full display at Tarleton’s Memorial Stadium. Tailgating events will begin at 4 p.m. For information on HEB Texan Alley, contact the Rec Sports Center at (254) 968-9912. It will be ‘Pink Out’ Night at Memorial Stadium. All fans are encouraged to wear pink to support the fight against breast cancer.

A complete broadcast of the game can be heard on the Tarleton Sports Network presented by the North Texas Ford Dealers. Byron Anderson and Brad Keith will have the call on the flagship station of Tarleton Athletics – KTRL 90.5 FM in Stephenville – and worldwide at TarletonSports.com/ListenLive. Live Stats and a video stream can be found on on the football schedule page of TarletonSports.com.


Tarleton is 2-3 on the season and 2-1 in the Lone Star Conference. The Texans have already topped last season’s conference win total and look to win two straight games for the first time since they won three straight in 2014. The Texans’ 48-20 win last Saturday was the highest point total of the season and is averaging 27.8 points per game while holding opponents to 25.2 points. The Tarleton offense is gaining momentum the last three games and the Texans are averaging 342 yards per game. Zed Woerner has been as efficient as they come at quarterback, throwing for 1,078 yards at a 62.4 completion percentage while tossing 12 touchdowns and only one interception. Woerner has spread the ball around to his receivers with Bubba Tandy being his top target with 22 receptions and 381 yards. Del’Michael High (356 yards, four touchdowns) and Jeff Thomas (245 yards) have emerged go-to targets for Woerner. Joseph Sadler leads the Texans in rushing with 357 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Defensively, Cody Burtscher leads the Lone Star Conference with 56 tackles and has 4.5 sacks and two interceptions to go with it. Chase Varnado (5 sacks) and EJ Speeed (3.5 sacks) are pass-rushing threats for the Texan defense.

Western New Mexico is 2-3 on the season and 2-2 in the Lone Star Conference. WNMU is coming off a 43-22 loss at home to Midwestern State. The Mustangs’ two conference wins have come against UTPB and Oklahoma Panhandle State. Western New Mexico is averaging 30 points per game and 394 yards on offense. Javia Hall is WNMU’s quarterback, having thrown for 1,118 yards and 12 touchdowns to four interceptions. Hall’s top receiver is Xavier Ayers who has an LSC-lead 556 yards on 35 receptions and seven touchdowns. The Mustangs’ leading rusher is DeAndre Williams with 279 yards and a TD.

Tarleton holds the all-time series lead against Western New Mexico at 2-1. The Texans and Mustangs haven’t played since 2005 when Tarleton won 45-21 in Stephenville.

The Texans will travel to Portales, New Mexico to take on Eastern New Mexico on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 4 p.m.


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