On Friday, the SVSU football team traveled down to Kingsville, Texas, for its season opener and walked away Saturday night with a 35-14 victory against the Kingsville-Javelinas.
The win is also head coach Ryan Brady’s first with SVSU.
The Cardinals were led by senior quarterback Ryan Conklin, who helped secure four of the team’s five touchdowns, passing for three and running for a fourth.
The first quarter saw no points from either team.
In the second, SVSU pulled away from the Javelinas, 14-0.
With 3:37 on the clock, Conklin found wide receiver Chad Galliard down the left sideline for a 44-yard touchdown pass.
The Cardinals quickly rebounded to score again, with Conklin passing to Nysir Minney-Gratz for a 30-yard touch down strike.
The score was 14-0 at halftime.
Kingsville put themselves on the board in the third quarter with a 22-yard passplay, to make the score 14-7.
The Cardinals wasted no time with a response Conklin snapped the ball to Casey Williams on a route for him to finish off a 79-yard touchdown play.
This grew the Cardinals’ lead 21-7 going into the final quarter.
The Card’s defense got involved in the fourth, with Marvin White picking off a pass and returning it 71 yards for a picksix, making the score 28-7.
The Javelinas met that play with one more touchdown, but Conklin wrapped things up with 4:33 on the clock with a 13yard rush into the end zone to cement the Cardinal win, 35-14.
The Cardinals are 1-0 in the 2019 season. The team will host Tiffin University at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, for the home opener.