Yellow Jackets outgained 701-114 in total yards in fifth straight loss

GEORGETOWN – Howard Payne surrendered a season-high in points as the Southwestern Pirates became the fifth consecutive foe to score at least 50 on the Yellow Jackets, who fell by a 70-6 count in American Southwest Conference football action Saturday afternoon.

The loss was the fifth in a row for Howard Payne (1-8, 1-7), which will conclude its first season under head coach Braxton Harris at 1 p.m. Saturday when Louisiana College (2-7, 1-7) — which is coming off a 51-20 loss to No. 1 Mary Hardin-Baylor — visits Gordon Wood Stadium.

Southwestern improved to 5-4 overall and 5-3 in ASC action in just its fifth season of football.

Pirate quarterback Frederick Hover threw a 74-yard touchdown pass to Elijah Smith on the first play of the game, as Southwestern led 7-0 just 23 seconds into the contest. The Pirates extended their lead to 14-0 by the end of the first period and added five second-quarter touchdowns en route to a 49-0 halftime advantage.

Southwestern gashed Howard Payne for 701 yards of total offense — 483 rushing and 218

passing. The Yellow Jackets, meanwhile, mustered just 114 yards — 74 through the air and 40 on the ground. Each team lost a turnover.

For the Jackets, their lone touchdown occurred with 7:27 left in the game on a 5-yard carry by backup quarterback Jaxson Durham, which ended a string of 63 straight points by Southwestern.

Durham also completed a 34-yard pass to Hunter Batten, who was limited to just 14 yards rushing. Chase Eisenmann led HPU with 23 yards on the ground, while Mitchell Jennings completed 5 of 16 passes for 40 yards. Jason Murphy finished with a team-high two catches for 31 yards for the Jackets.

Hover rushed for 201 yards and a pair of touchdowns and passed for 151 yards and another score to pace the Pirate offense. Smith added 113 yards and a rushing touchdown to go along with his touchdown catch. A.J. Daniels contributed 74 yards on the ground and a touchdown, while Criag Hesier III rushed for 49 yards with a trip the end zone. Clayton Keahey completed his lone pass attempt to Blair Orr for a 54-yard touchdown, while Nik Kelly grabbed two receptions for 64 yards for Southwestern.