The Huntsville Item, Huntsville, TX

Sports

September 27, 2012

SAM HOUSTON FOOTBALL — Kats even hungrier now as they're set to face Texas Southern

With pressure on, Bearkats confident they can finish the job against Texas Southern

HUNTSVILLE — On the heels of two disappointing losses in the past two weeks, especially the latest one in the Southland Conference opener, the last thing the Bearkats wanted or needed was lots of time between games.

With the grind of six straight conference contests on the horizon, Sam Houston is in desperate need of a performance that will get the Bearkats right back on track.

The Kats will have that opportunity today as they head down to Houston to take on Texas Southern in the brand-new BBVA Compass Stadium.

“We came off another very tough loss again,” Sam Houston running back Timothy Flanders said of last Saturday’s 24-20 loss to Central Arkansas. “I’m happy that we’ve got an early game this week, just so that we can get into a groove and hopefully come out with a W.”

For the first time since Kats coach Willie Fritz’s first season in 2010, Sam Houston is dealing with quite a bit of adversity.

Not only will the Bearkats have to win at least seven of the next eight games just to stay alive for a potential conference championship as well as a playoff spot, but they’re also trying to bounce back from their first losing streak since losing three straight games by a combined 11 points late in the 2010 season.

“We’ve gone two games in a row where we haven’t finished the way we need to, having some of our guys making some uncharacteristic mistakes and just focus,” the coach said. “It’s practicing hard. It’s practicing with tempo. It’s playing the game the way you’re supposed to play it.

“We’ve got to do a better job of coaching and playing. I told the guys to not worry about leading. We’re going to coach and I don’t need any of them coaching. I told the coaches that we don’t need any of our coaches playing. We just need to do our job.

“Some lessons are hard-learned and that was obviously a hard lesson for all of us, myself included. As the head coach, I’m the guy that steers the ship. I obviously did not do a good job of getting our guys focused on the game.”

Standing in the way is a Texas Southern team that has also had its share of struggles as of late. After a dramatic 44-41 victory over Prairie View A&M in their season opener, the Tigers have dropped three straight games to North Texas, Jackson State and Alabama A&M by an average of 22 points.

“I know they’re a good team and they’ve got some good players like most teams that we play,” Bearkats safety Darnell Taylor said. “At the same time, we’ve got to help ourselves and just keep fighting until the end. Coach said that it’s mostly on us and what we’ve got to do and not really what they do, for the most part. All we’ve got to do is keep doing what we’re doing and fight to the end.”

In the losses to Baylor and Central Arkansas in the last two weeks, the Bearkats offense had moments of appearing to click on all cylinders, while also stumbling later in the game, preventing Sam Houston from polishing off those games with victories.

With the remainder of the conference slate ahead, including next week’s rivalry game against Stephen F. Austin and a contest against 21st-ranked McNeese State on Oct. 20, the Bearkats know they have to get their offense to be consistent and productive at a high level.

“Everybody knows we’re still a dominant running team,” Flanders said. “In these past couple of games, we’ve been able to throw the ball just fine. I’m OK with it, but we just need to come out and execute in the second half.

“We have to come out here on Thursday and play a better second half and come out and finish the ballgame. We have to come out here and be very conditioned. We haven’t played a full game. We just have to come out and play hard the whole game.”

Knowing what’s at stake, the Bearkats say they’ve come out with a renewed focus and are ready to bounce back.

“It was a humbling experience,” Taylor said. “Coach said it was going to happen either at the beginning of the season or at the end and he was right. I think last game showed us that we have to come out and play each and every week. I think we’re going to get it going.

“We’ve got a big-time focus and you can tell this week. I think we’re going to come out and we’re going to be on top of our game this week. I feel confident and we’re going to be ready.”

Today: Sam Houston State vs.

Texas Southern, BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, 7 p.m.

Records: Bearkats are 1-2; Tigers are 1-3

TV: Bounce TV Houston (Suddenlink Ch. 711)

Radio: KSAM (101.7 FM)

1
Text Only
Sports
  • 12-08 hill long run.jpg Questions to be answered

    Uncertainty isn’t always a precursor to unmitigated disaster. The Sam Houston State football team will enter the 2014 season with a new coaching staff, new offensive and defensive schemes and a plethora of new faces competing for starting jobs that were vacated by players who helped lead the program to three consecutive playoff appearances.
    The schedule is daunting, but  it’s not out of the question for the Bearkats to go undefeated in conference play this fall. The roster is young and relatively inexperienced, but there are talented players on the depth chart who have not yet had an opportunity to showcase their skills. There are plenty of reasons to temper expectations for 2014, but also many reasons to hope the Bearkats can win the games they are supposed to win and find their way to the playoffs again.
     

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rodeo: Brazile looking for another championship

    Trevor Brazile is attempting to earn a record 12th world all-around title on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit.
    In the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings, he currently is ranked No. 1 in the all-around race with regular-season earnings of $149,420, $46,345 ahead of his brother-in-law, Tuf Cooper.
    Brazile and Cooper are traveling partners. They hit the road together in late June while competing at the Reno Rodeo in Nevada, the PRCA’s first major summer event.

    July 25, 2014

  • 7-25-Gilbert-CP.jpg Justin Gilbert signs with Browns

    A few days before of the start of training camp, former Huntsville Hornet Justin Gilbert officially became a member of the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday when he signed his first NFL contract.

    Now that he’s got his contract with the Browns, he needs a starting job.

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • 7-25-Derrick-ross-1.jpg Another record for Derrick Ross

    In his short career in the Arena Football League, Huntsville’s Derrick Ross has left his mark.

    Playing in his fourth season in the league and his third with the Philadelphia Soul, Ross notched another record.
    Along with being the all-time leading rusher, a mark he sat last year, Ross now also owns the record for most career rushing touchdowns after scoring three TDs on June 7.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-24-Wade-int-return.jpg BEARKATS FOOTBALL — Kats have something to prove

    Bearkats running back Keshawn Hill has already won two Southland Conference championships, played in as many national championship games and made the playoffs in each of his three seasons at Sam Houston State.
    The team is still four days away from its first practice of 2014, but the Bearkats senior running back already has a chip on his shoulder. Despite the program’s recent success, Sam Houston State was picked to finish third in the Southland.

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • 7-24-SLU-Bryan-Bennett.jpg Southland coaches have different takes on accepting transfer players

    Show Southeastern Louisiana head coach Ron Roberts the past and he says he’ll show you the future.
    Before Roberts took the reins at Southeastern, the program had only managed one winning season since it was restarted in 2003 after a 17-year hiatus. In just his second season at the helm, Roberts brought the Lions into the national spotlight by leading his team to an undefeated Southland Conference record and a playoff victory over Sam Houston State, a national runner-up the previous two seasons. The Lions finished the season ranked sixth in both The Sports Network and FCS Coaches final polls.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-22 Noelle Sandmann runs.jpg Future Hornets take the field

    Never before has there been Stars of Huntsville Softball Camp, and it’s not every day that Huntsville’s youth softball players have an opportunity to learn the game’s fundamentals from the town’s most experienced players and coaches.
    On Monday, nearly 25 campers took the field at Kate Barr Ross Park and were instructed by Huntsville Hornets softball head coach Rick Burns and several members of his team.  The players, coaches and campers battled through the heat to have a successful day that saw many of the campers receive one-one-one instruction.

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • SHSU’s Ridings honored by Southland Conference

    Longtime Sam Houston State sports information director Paul Ridings has been named the 2014 recipient of the Southland Conference’s Louis Bonnette Sports Media Award.
    The honor will be presented during the Southland’s Football Media Day luncheon July 23 at L’auberge Resort in Lake Charles, La.

    July 21, 2014

  • Huntsville Heat win tourney title

    The Huntsville Heat played in Alvin over the weekend in a benefit tournament that drew 52 teams. 
    The benefit tournament was hosted by the Alvin Girls Softball Association  for one of their own Alvin Bayou Babes players, Natalie Mota, who was recently diagnosed with lymphoma.

    July 21, 2014 1 Story

  • 7-20-Dallas-Gallant-1.jpg Still grinding

    Ever since he was drafted in the 23rd round in 2010 by the Minnesota Twins, former Trinity Tiger and Sam Houston State Bearkat pitcher Dallas Gallant has been on the road to the majors.
    Despite having to undergo two surgeries on his elbow, Gallant  continues to do what he needs to in the minor leagues to take the next step in his career.

    July 19, 2014 3 Photos

Photos


House Ads
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Facebook
AP Video
Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Palestinians and Israeli Soldiers Clash Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide