Tarleton State defense to be tested against Angelo State

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Tarleton State returns to the field Saturday at Angelo State facing another tough test against a rushing attack that leads the Lone Star Conference.

Kicking off at 7 p.m. in San Angelo, the Texans take on an opponent that is averaging more than 304 yards on the ground and 516 yards overall in offense, both LSC bests.

The Texans (1-0, 1-0 LSC) defeated last season’s LSC rushing leader, Midwestern State, 27-24 last week and held the Mustangs to only 79 yards on the ground.

“We’ve always had success in stopping the run,” Tarleton State coach Cary Fowler said. “We believe that you have to stop the run to win football games. We practice it and our kids understand it. Simplicity is probably the key, not trying to do too much and overrun the ball.”

Angelo State quarterback Kyle Washington ran for 139 yards and a touchdown and completed 20 of 34 passes for 173 yards with one touchdown and one interception in a 45-24 loss to CSU-Pueblo last week. Angelo State is 1-1.

The Texans feature an offense led by a two-man rotation at quarterback Seniors Aaron Doyle and Jake Fenske each led the Texans in the upset over NCAA Division II No. 13 MSU. Fenske threw for 107 yards passing and two touchdowns, and Doyle added 75 yards passing.

“They embrace it and cheer each other on,” Fowler said. “It is the thing that encourages me most. There is no selfishness on the team. We have two quarterbacks who are best friends and watch each other play and are ready to play when they get their chance.”

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