Provided by Wayland Baptist University
TYLER - The Wayland Baptist Pioneers came away soaking wet and with a loss here Saturday, falling to the Texas College Steers, 26-0.
The afternoon game was played in a heavy drizzle, which in addition to a staunch Texas College defense helped shut down the Pioneers' offense as Wayland suffered its first shutout of the season.
Wayland fell to 1-3 while Texas College, a fellow NAIA school, ended a 15-game losing skid and improved to 1-4.
Pioneer coach Butch Henderson said he was proud of his team's defensive effort, but added that Wayland's offense simply couldn't manage any momentum.
"We didn't take advantage of opportunities," Henderson said. "We had a short field three or four times, but couldn't do much of anything with it."
In the game played at All-Saints Episcopal School, the Pioneers took possession of the ball inside Texas College territory after long kickoff and punt returns and again after an interception.
"We just didn't executive the game plan," Henderson said.
The coach said Wayland's defense "played an outstanding ballgame.
"The secondary cut out the big plays we've been giving up, and (Texas College) was going after some," Henderson said. "Our front seven kept them contained and played the most physical game they've played all year."
Henderson again praised the Pioneers' special teams, which in addition to turning in solid returns managed a blocked punt. Also, Zac Lopez came in as punter and "did an outstanding job. He kept them pinned back."
Statistics were not immediately available.
After back-to-back road games, Wayland returns home to play Langston, Okla., at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. The Lions (1-3) started the season in the NAIA's Top 25 in a tie for the 22nd spot, but fell out of the poll after losses to Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 17-14, St. Xavier (Ill.), 37-7, and Lamar University, 31-0. Langston's lone win came over Bacone (Okla.) 19-0, a team Wayland plays in Muskogee, Okla., on Oct. 27. Langston took on former Sooner Athletic Conference member Southern Nazarene on Saturday night.