Yellow Jackets suffer 11th straight loss overall, 12th away from home, sixth in Alpine
ALPINE — Seeking their first victory in Alpine since 2004, the Howard Payne Yellow Jackets instead extended a number of frustrating streaks with a 42-8 loss to the Sul Ross Lobos Saturday night.
Howard Payne (0-9, 0-6) dropped its ninth straight game of the season, and 11th consecutive overall, as the Yellow Jackets have one opportunity remaining to avoid a winless campaign. HPU lost its sixth trip in a row to Alpine and has not tallied a victory in the last 12 road outings.
The Yellow Jackets also surrendered at least 40 points for the fifth game in a row while being held to single digits for the second consecutive week and third time in six American Southwest Conference contests.
After a scoreless first quarter, Sul Ross (5-4, 4-2) opened a 14-0 advantage by halftime — the first of three consecutive periods with two touchdowns for the Lobos. Sul Ross went on to finish with 424 yards of total offense, including 332 through the air, with no turnovers.
Howard Payne mustered 232 total yards — 149 through the air and 83 on the ground — but coughed up the ball three times. The Yellow Jackets’ only points came at the 9:14 mark of the second period on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Caisson Montieth to Eric Haverstock, coupled with a Montieth two-point run that closed the gap to 21-8.
Montieth completed 13 of 21 passes for 148 yards with a touchdown and an interception, while William Rangel-Alfaro led the Yellow Jackets with four receptions for 58 yards and Sayvon Young-Cormier made three grabs for 46 yards.
Montieth and Ezekiel Jordan paced the HPU rushing attack with 34 yards apiece.
Sul Ross quarterback James Davis completed 27 of 36 passes for 284 yards and three touchdowns — 15 yards to Jeremy Reed, 47 yards to Byron Jones and 6 yards to Steven Savedra. Davis also chipped in 22 yards on the ground with a 5-yard score.
Savedra finished with seven receptions for 105 yards while Jones also hauled down seven catches for 85 yards. Adrion Smith led the Lobos with 46 yards rushing.
The Yellow Jackets host Belhaven (1-8, 0-6) — coming off a 59-21 home loss to No. 3 Mary Hardin-Baylor — at 1 p.m. Saturday in the season finale.