PERKINSTON, Miss. – A big game from freshman wide receiver Darrion Landry wasn’t enough to lift the Blinn Buccaneers past the Georgia Military Bulldogs in both teams’ season opener Saturday at A.L. May Memorial Stadium.
Landry caught seven passes for 106 yards and a touchdown, but Georgia Military quarterback Patrick Thomas and running back Jovon Robinson spurred the Bulldogs to a 37-21 victory.
Blinn opened the scoring with a first-quarter safety, but Georgia Military answered less than 30 seconds later as Ty Smith caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from Thomas. A 14-yard touchdown run from Robinson made it 14-2 before Landry caught a 27-yard pass from Buccaneer quarterback Garry Kimble to make it 14-8 at the end of the first quarter.
Thomas would throw one more first-half touchdown pass with 1:01 remaining, this time a 32-yard strike to Darius Williams to make it 21-8 at halftime.
With 10:35 remaining in the third quarter, freshman Reggie Anderson picked off a pass from Thomas and returned it 35 yards to cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 21-15.
But Georgia Military answered with an 11-play, 65-yard drive that was capped by a 1-yard quarterback sneak from Thomas. The Bulldogs extended their lead with another long drive, this time marching 70 yards before Robinson scored on a 1-yard touchdown run.
Blinn’s J.J. Massey returned an interception 50 yards to make it 34-21, but Georgia Military finished off the day’s scoring with a 25-yard field goal from Alec D’Urbano.
Kimble completed 21 of 35 passes for 196 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Blinn’s rushing attack was held to just 75 yards on 26 carries.
Ryan Flannigan and Myles Curl led the Buccaneer defense with six tackles apiece, and Anderson and Keil Heidman each recovered fumbles.
The Bucs (0-1) will look to bounce back in their home opener at Brenham’s Cub Stadium Saturday, when they host fifth-ranked Butler (Kan.) Community College at 7 p.m. The game will be Blinn’s Adam’s Angels fundraiser game, with proceeds benefitting Adam’s Angels Ministry, a non-profit organization founded by Donna and Tim Culliver of Brenham as a way to reach out to families that have been affected by childhood cancer. The Cullivers lost their 4-year-old son, Adam Christian Culliver, to acute myelogenous leukemia.
All monetary donations and fund-raising proceeds raised from Saturday’s game will allow Adam's Angels to assist families with living expenses, fuel costs, medical parking and meal vouchers. Individuals or companies wishing to donate directly to Adam's Angels Ministry can send checks to: P.O. Box 2573, Brenham, TX 77834-2573, or visit www.adamsangelsministry.org.
The game will be broadcast on KWHI 1280-AM and the station’s website at www.kwhi.com.
For more information on Blinn football, visit www.buccaneersports.com.