Plenty on line in Javelinas rematch with NW Missouri St. - George Vondracek, Corpus Christi Caller Times
KINGSVILLE — Football coaches are fond of saying that the road to a national title must go through the defending champions.
If that is to be the case for Texas A&M-Kingsville, the Javelinas must travel that path twice.
This time, fourth-ranked Javelinas get No. 3 Northwest Missouri State at home. A&M-Kingsville (10-1) hosts the 10-1 Bearcats at 1 p.m. Saturday at Javelina Stadium in a Super Region Four semifinal of the NCAA Division II playoffs. The winner earns a shot at either No. 2 Abilene Christian or No. 8 Central Missouri, the region’s Nos. 1 and 4 seeds, respectively, in next week’s regional final.
In the season opener, A&M-Kingsville shut down the defending champs’ vaunted offense to 189 yards in the 16-7 win in Maryville, setting a defensive tone that has carried the Javelinas throughout the season. While it was a big win, to be sure, it loomed larger as the season progressed and the Javelinas were able to secure a first-round bye last week as the region’s No. 2 seed. But avoiding a rematch with the third-seeded Bearcats simply wasn’t possible.
“I think this matchup for us, based on what we wanted to do this year, we kind of expected that we were going to have to play them again at some point, considering who they are and what they’ve done and what their plans were,” A&M-Kingsville coach Bo Atterberry said. “Obviously, we’re excited about it being at our stadium, for sure.
“I don’t put a whole lot of stock into playing teams twice, once, five times,” Atterberry said. “We just prepare to put our best product out there on Saturday regardless of who the opponent might be.”
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