BEARKATS FOOTBALL — Bigger prize at stake this time
The Bearkats have a second chance to make a lasting impression.
After blasting Southern Utah 51-20 in the opening round of the FCS playoffs last week, Sam Houston State will face fourth-seeded Southeastern Louisiana for the second time this season in Hammond, La., in tonight’s second-round showdown.
Huntsville headed to Class 5A next year
Don’t freak out, sports fans. The Huntsville Hornets are moving up to Class 5A again, but it’s the new 5A, not the old one.
The University Interscholastic League is adding a conference 6A to its athletics alignment starting next fall, so the new 5A will look much like the current Class 4A. The enrollment numbers for both are nearly identical, which means Huntsville still will be competing with schools like Brenham, Willis and Magnolia, not The Woodlands, Conroe, Klein Forest and Oak Ridge.
BEARKAT FOOTBALL — Eager for another shot
Among the final 16 teams left in contention for an FCS national championship, it doesn’t take much to get a team fired up at this point in the season.
Saturday’s contest isn’t just any ordinary second-round playoff game for the Bearkats. The matchup against No. 4 seed Southeastern Louisiana will be a rematch from their Southland Conference clash three weeks ago in which the Lions prevailed 34-21.
The Kats can hardly wait to get it going.
SCHALLENBERG: Just getting warmed up
Heading into the second round of the playoffs, the Bearkats are getting healthier, especially running back Timothy Flanders, and remain focused on task at hand of returning to Frisco for another shot at an FCS national championship.
FCS PLAYOFFS: Bearkats keep chugging, win 51-20
Get ready for Sam Houston State-Southeastern Louisiana II.
Like they’ve done during the playoffs over the previous two seasons, the Bearkats made short work of a squad from the Big Sky Conference on Saturday afternoon in the first-round Football Championship Subdivision playoff game.
Bearkats get more physical in first round of playoffs
Sam Houston State head coach Willie Fritz challenged the Bearkats last week to be more physical.
In the two games leading up to Saturday’s first-round Football Championship Subdivision playoff win over Southern Utah, Fritz said the Bearkats had not been combative enough.
BEARKAT GAMEDAY — Feeding Frenzy
Throughout the season, the Bearkats made a habit of taking advantage of opposing teams’ mistakes. Sam Houston State’s defense often was rewarded by those miscues, which meant it was time for some fun. Whether it was after a big hit, defensive stop, interception, fumble recovery as well as a defensive score, the defense began gesturing a shark fin on their helmets and the Kats have fed off the newfound energy.
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BEARKATS FOOTBALL — Kats have ‘new life’
As the buses were being loaded and the players shuffled their feet to their seats for Saturday’s long road trip back to Huntsville from Conway, Ark., the Bearkats figured that it was the end of their season and players such as Brian Bell, Timothy Flanders, Andrew Weaver and Bookie Sneed had played their final game for Sam Houston State.
As it turned out, the 49-31 loss at Central Arkansas in Saturday’s regular-season finale was just a minor speed bump.
The Kats were revealed to be one of the 13 at-large selections during the FCS Championship Selection Show and are back in the FCS playoffs for a third consecutive season.
Sam Houston State will host Southern Utah on Saturday for the first round of the playoffs at 2 p.m.
BEARKATS FOOTBALL — Who are the Thunderbirds and how did they get here?
Over the past two years, Sam Houston State has faced a bunch of schools from the Big Sky Conference in the FCS playoffs.
The Bearkats survived a hard-fought second-round contest against Cal Poly last year in the second round, beat Montana State twice in the 2011 and 2012 quarterfinals and held off furious rallies to defeat Montana and Eastern Washington in the 2011 and 2012 national semifinals, respectively.
The Kats have to take care of business again in the playoffs against another squad from the Big Sky. This time around, it will be the Thunderbirds of Southern Utah.
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