With the Louisiana College Wildcats looking for a spark on offense after a slow first half start in their game against Howard Payne, LC fans got to see something that many have anticipated for the past two years.
Senior quarterback Tim Curry (Benton, La./Elysian Fields HS), a highly touted transfer from Stephen F. Austin in 2011, got the call from coach Dennis Dunn and promptly led the Wildcats on back-to-back scoring drives early in the 2nd half en route to a 38-6 victory in their American Southwest Conference opener.
"I actually didn't know I was going in until I got on the field," said Curry,"I just planned on going out, getting our rhythm back and trying to find our identity. I just put the ball out there and let them make plays."
The switch from senior Jamie Bunting (Alexandria, La./Alexandria Senior HS) to Curry at the quarterback position came in an effort to shake things up on offense.
"We're very good at every position on the field, we just cannot allow the quarterback position to be inconsistent," said head coach Dennis Dunn, "we'll continue to go with the guy who has the hot hand."
Curry came into the 2011 season with many expectations thrust upon him. Those expectations seemed to fizzle over the past year and a half, however, as Curry threw just 38 passes during the 2011 campaign, and came into Saturday's contest against Howard Payne with no pass attempts to his credits so far on the 2012 season.
All those previous problems were forgotten about after a tremendous 2nd half effort from the 6'4" gunslinger from Benton, La. as he led his team on back-to-back touchdown drives early in the 3rd quarter. Both of those scoring drives ended with touchdown passes from Curry to senior wide receiver Cortland Bell (Oakdale, La./Oakdale HS).
Bell, who had touchdown grabs of 18 and 40 yards, noticed the difference that Curry's presence made in the 2nd half.
"Tim had that quarterback swagger today that everyone feeds off of," said Bell, "we got chewed out and challenged at halftime, and Tim was the answer to that challenge today, he stepped up."
The LC white shirt defense also had a noteworthy day, as they forced 4 turnovers, gave up only 188 yards and allowed a season low 6 points.
For junior defensive tackle Justin Williams (Quanah, Tx./South Grand Prarie HS), who has been inactive for the last two years after a short stint at Navarro Junior College, that meant more than just helping the Wildcats move their record to 3-1 on the season.
"I haven't been able to be on the field and make plays in 2 years, I just thank God for the opportunity to be out here," said Williams, who finished with a team-high 2 tackles for loss and fumble recovery, "I feel like our defense can dominate any game we're in if we execute our gameplan."
Bell, who now leads the team with 3 receiving touchdowns, finished the day with 4 catches for 78 yards and 2 touchdowns. Kyle Galyon, who has now quietly led the LC receivers for three consecutive weeks in receiving yardage, finished with 4 catches for 86 yards, the majority of that on a tremendous effort leading to a 68 yard touchdown in the first half.
Helping Williams lead the defense were Richard Logan (Coushatta, La./Red River HS)(6.5 total tackles), Nate Janzen (Pottsboro, La./Pottsboro HS)(6.5 total tackles), and Dominic Graham (Houston, Tx./Kashmere HS), who intercepted a pass to go along with a fumble recovery.
The Wildcats move to 3-1 with the victory, 1-0 in the American Southwest Conference and will go on the road to Marshall, Tx. Next Saturday for the annual Battle for the Border Claw against ETBU.