A record-setting freshman year for Jerreth Sterns at Houston Baptist University came to an end Saturday.
The Huskies (1-10, 0-9 Southland Conference) fell to Sam Houston State University in their season-finale, 42-20. But the loss does not even begin to tell the story of the season Sterns, a 2018 Waxahachie graduate, put together on the gridiron for HBU.
The 5-foot-8 freshman wideout finished Saturday's loss at Husky Stadium with two catches for 22 yards, which bumped his season total to 68 receptions for 684 yards and four touchdowns.
The reception total is not just a single-season high for the Huskies — it's a new career-high, besting the 64 career catches recorded by Ethan Fry from 2014-17.
His four touchdown receptions are also second all-time to the five caught by Kenneth Bibbins in 2015. With 684 receiving yards, Sterns now trails just Fry (1,254 yards) and Wesley Lewis (736 yards) on the all-time yardage list.
Sterns set the program single-game record with 11 receptions Oct. 6 against Central Arkansas. He then matched his own high-water mark less than one month later against Nicholls State (11-67)
The 115 receiving yards against Central Arkansas is the second-most in a single game in HBU football history, trailing on the 129 yards recorded by D'Angelo Wallace against Nicholls State on Oct. 10, 2015. Wallace also previously set the previous single-game high of nine receptions during the same game.
Sterns was then named All-Southland Conference honorable mention for his efforts on the field this season. His 68 receptions led all conference receivers and his 6.2 receptions per contest ranked No. 17 in the nation.
HBU, which is a Division I FCS program, began its first full football season against McMurry University on Sept. 6, 2014. The Huskies played a developmental season in 2013.