Texas Lutheran romps to 63-21 conference road win over Howard Payne
Posted on 10/29/2017 12:39:00 PM.
J.B. Brown sprints away from the Howard Payne secondary for a 56-yard touchdown Saturday at Gordon Wood Stadium.   
(Brownwood) - Kyle Grona throw for a career-high 461 yards and four touchdowns, and Texas Lutheran erased an early 14-0 deficit to roll to a 63-21 American Southwest Conference road victory Saturday against Howard Payne.

At Gordon Wood Stadium, TLU erupted for 28 unanswered points in the first half and for 35 unanswered in the second half.

The Bulldogs improved to 5-3 overall and to 5-2 in the ASC.

Howard Payne, now coached by former TLU assistant head coach Braxton Harris, dropped to 1-7 overall and to 1-6 in the conference.

Grona's career-high yardage total came on 21 completions in 32 attempts, and the Bulldogs registered 677 yards of total offense.

Grona threw TD passes to Reggie Jackson (Killeen/Ellison) for 33 yards, Jordan Braden (Humble/Summer Creek) for 61 yards, J.B. Brown (Refugio/Refugio) for 56 yards, and Jackson again, for 29 yards.

Brown had five catches for 129 yards, and Jackson caught four for 95.

The Bulldogs also received rushing TDs from Christopher Monroe (College Station/College Station), Ian Leslie (San Antonio/Reagan), Braden, and Kaleb Campbell (Houston/Alief Taylor).

TLU picked off three HPU passes and had one interception returned 25 yards for a score by freshman cornerback Coulton Hamby (San Antonio/MacArthur).
The Bulldogs were four-for-five on red-zone scoring chances.

Grona entered the game as TLU's leading rusher. With HPU determined to limit Grona's running efforts, Grona and the Bulldogs took to the air.

Grona was on pace to break Sean Salinas' single-game passing record of 519 yards, but Grona did not play in the fourth quarter.

TLU rushed 49 times for 203 yards. Monroe led the Bulldogs with 72 yards, and Braden added 60.

Emory Cuzze (Buda/Hays) and Jacob Guercia (Forney/Forney) led TLU defensively. Each linebacker had eight total tackles and a tackle for loss. Cuzze also had an interception.

James Bell (Houston/Lamar) collected seven tackles and picked off his fifth pass of the season. Bell has interceptions in each of the last three games.

TLU plays a second consecutive game on the road when it faces Sul Ross State next Saturday in Alpine, Texas. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. at Jackson Field in Alpine.  The game will air live on KWED 1580 AM and Seguintoday.com, with streaming video at tlubulldogs.com.  Pre-game coverage starts at 5:30. 

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