The Cowboys Earn a Donut By: Noah Rubel

Football is no stranger to having strange sayings, play calls or nicknames for situations that happen during the game. One of the best football terms is actually used after the game. The Hardin-Simmons University football team, the Fighting Cowboys, earned themselves a “donut” on their 2021-2022 season debut against Wayland Baptist.

A “donut” is what you would call a shutout in the game, where the opposing team does not score a single point. To add to the defensive dominance shown by the Cowboys, our home team ran up the score against the Wayland Baptist Pioneers in a stampeding fashion with a final score of 49-0.

Some of the highlights of the game included two blocked punts and a blocked field goal by the Cowboy’s defense. Another highlight was the Cowboys’ quarterback Kyle Jones completing 21 of 30 passes for 316 yards and five touchdowns with only one interception.

Head Coach Jesse Burleson commented on the game as a whole after the Cowboys’ seventh consecutive season opener win.

“I thought we put together some good drives in the first half – scoring on five of the eight,” Burleson said. “We came out in the second half and did some good things. We’ve got to eliminate some penalties. That cost us some points in the second half.”

The next home game for the Cowboys is this coming Saturday, Sept. 18, against the Bellhaven Blazers at 1 p.m. Be sure to arrive early for the tailgate to see all of the social clubs and other HSU fun as we cheer on the Fighting Cowboys in hopes of bringing home another donut.