The heavy snow fall that hit the area Saturday didn’t stop the North Texas Falcons from winning their first game of the season. In fact, it might have helped.
The Falcons defeated the East Texas Wildcats 37-6 at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls to improve their record to 1-2 on the season. While both teams made more than their share of mistakes in the cold, snow, and howling wind, it was North Texas that managed to capitalize more often on their opponents miscues.
A Wildcat fumble early in the first quarter led to a Kenneth Benton touchdown, giving the Falcons a 7-0 lead. On their next possession East Texas was unable to get a first down and, facing a 40 mph wind, gave the ball back to North Texas on an 18 yard punt. Deep in Wildcats territory, the Falcons quickly scored again on a Joey Durdaller run to give them a 14 point lead. Another fumble would turn into another Durdaller touchdown, making the score 21-0 at the end of the first quarter, which was much more than the Falcons would need.
The Wildcats did manage to find the end zone late in the second quarter when Rajean Achane returned a fumble 58 yards. The two point conversion failed, leaving East Texas with 6 points for the day and an 0-3 record.
A blocked punt recovered in the end zone, two safeties, and a final touchdown would round out the scoring and put an end to a bitterly cold day that saw a total of 26 fumbles and 9 first downs by both teams.
Perhaps the statistic that paints the best picture of the horrible weather conditions is total yards of offense. On any other day the 78 yards compliled by North Texas would probably not lead to a win, unless compared to the -60 (that’s minus 60) for East Texas.
The Falcons next game will be in Abilene, Texas against the 2-1 Abilene Gladiators. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Lee Athletic Complex. No snow is in the forecast.