WACO – The theme for the week in the Temple Wildcats locker room has been “Stay Hungry” as Temple prepared to play 0-4 Waco University to open District 17-5A and unfortunately for the host University Trojans, a hungry and very sharp Wildcat team showed up to Waco ISD Stadium.
Temple, Which routed a very good Harker Heights the previous week remained focused and intense as the Wildcats raced out to a 49-0 halftime lead and rout the Trojans 70-0 and open district play at 1-0.
Temple, which racked up 704 yards total offense moved the ball with ease most of the night while University found the road much tougher as the ever improving Wildcat defense limited the Trojan offense 79 yards total offense on 5 first downs.
The Wildcats posted 442 yards in the air led by quarterback Chad President who was a very efficient 11-14 for 290 yards and three touchdowns. Backup quarterback, Cole Martin was 11-16 for 152 yards which came in the second half.
Junior receiver Aaron Freeman who had a pair of touchdown receptions the previous week continued to be a big play target for President adding another pair TD’s on three catches for 132 yards. The first of which was a perfect 98-yard strike with 3:42 left in the first quarter as President hit Freeman in stride at the 45 and helped Temple race to a 21-0 lead. The second was an 18 yard strike with 2:56 left before the half and put the Cats up 42-0.
Following a Ty McCorkle fumble recovery and a Marques Hatcher 38 yard run, TE Chris Minter lined up in the backfield took a President handoff 1 yard to cap the first half scoring with 0:52 seconds before the half.
Hatcher led the Wildcats in rushing with 131 yards on 7 carries and two touchdowns as the Wildcats posted 262 yards on the ground. Senior Jeff Carr carried the ball 6 times for 50 yards but had several runs called back due to penalties including a 58 yard TD scamper on the first play of the game. De’Vante Nealy who played much of the second half, tallied 65 yards on 13 carries.
Temple jumped out early on their first possession taking only 83 seconds to score on a 4-yard touchdown run by Carr which was set up by a President to Davion Curtis 38 yard strike to the Trojan 4 yard line.
Curtis would then hit the endzone on Temple’s next drive from 18 yards out on another strike from President and a 14-0 lead with 7:40 left in the first quarter. Curtis finished with 4 receptions for 87 yards. The play was set up by a shifty 30 yard from Carr.
Carr’s second touchdown of the night came early in the second quarter as his 18 yard run put the Cats up 28-0 and Hatcher scored on Temple next possession from 38 yards out to put Temple up 35-0.
With several Temple starters ending their night at halftime, Hatcher came out for the first series and methodically moved the ball down the field and capped off the drive with a 22-yard TD run on his final carry of the night to put Temple up 56-0.
Temple’s scoring was capped by a Nealy 4-yard run and Martin 7 yard touchdown run.
Junior Keoin Seastrunk had 2 receptions for 55 yards, David James 3-49 and Tyler Hannon 3-25. Hannon had a 60 yard reception called back due to a holding penalty.
Temple’s defense forced the University to punt the ball nine times on the night and forced two fumbles.
Martin was once again perfect with extra points going 10-10 on the night.
Next up for Temple with be the Manor Mustangs at Wildcat Stadium. Manor defeated Waco on Friday 27-0 and is currently 2-3 on the season.