The HBU Huskies football team christened newly named Dunham Field with the school’s first ever Southland Conference victory defeating the Nicholls Colonels 31-21 at Husky Stadium. Running back B.J. Kelly and tight end Kenneth Bibbins keyed a fourth quarter comeback for the Huskies.
Trailing 7-0, HBU (2-6, 1-4) turned an Aaron Benson fumble recovery at the Huskies 40 yard line into an 11 play, 60 yard scoring drive capped off with a Larry Day one yard touchdown plunge. Day finished the night with 76 yards on 16 carries.
HBU scored their first and last possession of the second quarter building a 17-7 halftime lead. Quarterback Jonathan Fleming engineered a 17 play, 83 yard drive that chewed up 7:53 off the game clock on the Huskies opening drive. Facing third and goal from the Nicholls five yard line, Fleming hit wide receiver D’Angelo Wallace in the flat for the score. Kicker Travis Shinn added a 20 yard field goad as time expired in the first half.
The Colonels roared back in the third quarter taking advantage of a sluggish start by the Huskies out of the halftime locker room. Colonels quarterback Beaux Hebert and senior wide receiver Demon Bolt scorched blown coverage in the HBU secondary with a 60 yard touchdown play on Nicholls first third quarter possession. Running back Michael Henry’s 15 yard touchdown run highlighted a nearly six minute scoring drive that gave Nicholls a 21-17 as time wound down in the third quarter.
“We had some dysfunction on offense (speaking of the third quarter),” said HBU head coach Vic Shealy. “We had some situations there where we had two bad snaps on one drive, we turned a guy loose and missed coverage on a long touchdown pass. We didn’t come out at halftime and play as sharp as we needed to play and we lost the lead.”
Fleming and the young Huskies bounced back in the fourth quarter for their first comeback win in school history. The sophomore signal caller’s 13 yard completion to Davis Iheanacho gave Houston a first down at the Nicholls 45 yard line. From there Kelly toted the rock the final 45 yards on three carries giving HBU the lead back on their first possession of the fourth quarter. After the defense forced a Colonels punt, HBU put together their final scoring drive of the night.
Day moved the ball from the HBU 38 to the NichoIl’s a great win and it’s a great feeling lls 38 yard line on four straight rushes. Four plays later, Fleming hit Bibbins over the top with a 24 yard scoring strike to seal the 31-21 win. It was the fifth touchdown connection between the HBU quarterback and the 6’5″ tight end from Sugar Land.
The “W” moves HBU a game clear of cellar dwelling Nicholls in the Southland Conference as they begin back-to-back road games for the third time this season. The Huskies will open at Lamar on Saturday November 1st taking on Caleb Berry and the Cardinals in Beaumont. The Cardinals quarterback is the school’s all-time leader in completions, passing yards and yards of total offense.
“You grow up when you get tested and tonight to be able to come from behind and win the fourth quarter was a pretty significant leap forward,” concluded Shealy. “This is a big night in the life of our university.”