Houston assistant coach Derick Heflin laughs with players, from left, J.R. Knetzer, Jake Scheets and Cory Scheets after they tackled Heflin in the mud following the Tigers' 28-8 victory against Cuba.

The Houston Tigers concluded the 2009 football season and said goodbye to 14 seniors with a 28-8 victory against Cuba Friday night.

Senior tailback Justin Schmidt ran for a pair of touchdowns and caught another score in the final game of his career. Jacob Case had a 66-yard kickoff return for Houston, which scored 28 unanswered points after falling behind 8-0.

Heavy rains made the field a muddy mess and contributed to 10 total fumbles. It was especially muddy near midfield and on the sidelines.

Schmidt had rushing scores of 5 and 30 yards on consecutive drives to put Houston ahead 14-8 at the half.

There was a short delay at the beginning of the third quarter when the field’s lights went out just as Brian Hunter went down to his knees to field a kickoff. They were turned back on after a couple minutes.

After linebacker J.R. Knetzer tackled Cuba’s quarterback in the end zone for a safety, Case took the ensuing kickoff 66 yards to make it 22-8.

Schmidt hauled in a 38-yard pass from fellow senior Kyle Poynter early in the fourth quarter for Houston’s final score.

The Tigers’ senior class shared embraces with teammates and family members as they celebrate one final victory. A few players, led by junior Cory Scheets, then tackled and piled onto assistant coach Derick Heflin in the muddy mess at midfield.

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