Small colleges: Tarleton State workouts include trip to Fort Hood

09/04/2014 10:32 AM

11/12/2014 8:33 PM

The Tarleton State football team has a new tradition under coach Cary Fowler.

The Texans, ranked 17th in NCAA Division II, visited Fort Hood in Central Texas to train alongside U.S. Army soldiers, a trip that Fowler would like to make each preseason.

“I’ve learned so much this week and want to thank them for teaching us to be part of something bigger than we’ll ever be, and for being part of a great team,” Fowler said. “We are forever grateful to Fort Hood and their soldiers.”

Fowler said that he hoped the program would help players focus on leadership and teamwork as they head into the season as favorites in the Lone Star Conference. The Texans open Sept. 13 at No. 11 West Texas A&M, which Tarleton knocked off on its way to capturing a share of the LSC title in 2013.

“West Texas is a good team but as competitors it is what we like,” defensive back Charles Moore said. “Last year we had one of the highest strength of schedules. We like playing the best, because to be the best, you have to beat the best.”

After the game against West Texas A&M, the Texans play their lone nonconference game Sept. 20 against Florida Tech as part of the Lone Star Conference Football Festival at AT&T Stadium.

Rams return to .500

The Texas Wesleyan men’s soccer team evened its record Wednesday at 2-2 after a 4-0 win over Southwestern Adventist University at Martin Field in Fort Worth.

Texas Wesleyan continues its nonconference slate through Sept. 22 before opening Sooner Athletic Conference play Sept. 26 at home against Saint Gregory’s University.

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