ABILENE, Texas – In the regular season finale the Bacone Warriors couldn’t overcome the McMurry War Hawks, falling 47-14 on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Wilford Moore Stadium.
McMurry scored the first touchdown of the game when Jake Mullion ran it in from one-yard out; on the following possession for the Warriors, tailback Tyler Thomas fumbled at the Bacone 42-yard line where it was recovered McMurry’s Desmond Guy who returned it 42 yards for a touchdown.
The War Hawks next drive saw Chris Simpson scoring from 19 yards out, with the successful two-point conversion attempt McMurry led Bacone 21-0 with 6:08 remaining in the first quarter.
Bacone answered with a four-play, 67 yard drive that ended with Tyler Thomas scoring on a 33-yard scamper to trim the McMurry lead to 21-7 entered the second quarter.
After holding the War Hawks on offense, Bacone marched their way down the field before facing a third-and-goal from the 12-yard line; quarterback Kyle Kuban would be intercepted at the McMurry two-yard line by D.J. Baiza, halting the Warriors scoring opportunity.
Later in the second quarter punter Chad Nichols mishandled the snap and recovered the fumble at Bacone’s 22-yard line; on their first play of the drive Simpson scored from 22 yards out to push McMurry’s lead to 28-7.
The War Hawks got one more score in before halftime when Guy again intercepted Kuban at the Warriors 32-yard line and raced into the end zone with McMurry lead 34-7 at halftime.
In the third quarter McMurry’s Jeret Smith hauled in an 18-yard pass from Mullin; Bacone would score in the fourth quarter when tight end Daniel Judkins scored on a three-yard reception from Ryan Moore to make the score 40-14.
The War Hawks got one final score on a 69-yard punt return in the 47-14 defeat of Bacone.
For the game the Warriors racked up 325 total yards on offense, the War Hawks managed 387.
Thomas finished with 118 yards on 20 carries with one touchdown; Morrow finished nine for 22 with 103 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Chris McCall was the leading receiver with three catches for 57 yards.
Montoya Waiters anchored the Warriors defense with nine total tackles, seven solo.