By Felicity Neptune, Staff Reporter
The Hardin-Simmons University Cowboy football team ended the 2019 season with a 49-6 win over Southwestern University Pirates, culminating an overall record of 8-2.
The Cowboys had a very successful year, with several records broken. On Nov. 2, the Cowboys set a school record for the most points scored in one game. The score was 91-29 during the crosstown showdown against the McMurry University War Hawks. Jaquan Hemphill broke the record for most touchdowns in a career, while Jamie Pogue scored the most points by a kicker in a game.
Head football coach, Jesse Burleson, stated he is disappointed in the season’s early end.
“I really wanted, and believed, we deserved a shot to be in the playoffs. Our team was improving every single week and still had some great things that we could have done,” Burleson said.
Although the team did not make playoffs this year, Burleson believes HSU can expect to see the “best Cowboy football team you have ever seen” in 2020.
Throughout the season, the team did everything in their power to be the best in the game, proving their hard work in the second half of the season. According to Burleson, the Cowboys struggled with taking advantage and creating their own opportunities. In the end, however, Burleson stated that the team learned many lessons. “We can absolutely be as good as we choose to be. The only limits are the ones we put on ourselves,” Burleson said.
Although 23 very talented players will be graduating this year, Burleson believes they have left an example for others to follow. “These guys will go on to be great leaders, employees, bosses, husbands and fathers – no doubt. I am very proud of this team but I know that bigger and better things are on the horizon for the very near future,” Burleson said.