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.
BEARKAT MEN'S BASKETBALL — Bearkat men dealt first loss by Texas A&M
It wasn’t Sam Houston State’s night in Aggieland. Turnovers and foul trouble plagued the Bearkats in their 79-62 loss to Texas A&M.
Bearkats KO'd in Arkansas 49-31
All season long, the road has been unkind to the Sam Houston State Bearkats. Saturday’s contest provided another example.
From the opening kickoff and for most of the game, hardly anything went right for Sam Houston. Plenty went in Central Arkansas’ favor.
The Bears scored 42 points and forced a pair of turnovers in the first half, which was more than enough, despite a furious second-half rally by the Kats, for Central Arkansas to upset the ninth-ranked Bearkats 49-31.
ALPHA OMEGA ACADEMY FOOTBALL: Boerne Geneva does it again
Alpha Omega Academy’s run toward a TAPPS six-man state football championship came to abrupt halt Saturday when the Lions ran into the team that knocked them out of the playoffs last year.
This time, Boerne Geneva thumped AOA 51-6 in the state quarterfinals in Hutto.
Do-or-die game for Bearkats
For the Bearkats, this is as close to a make-or-break game as it’s going to get.
Only one game remains in the regular season and the ninth-ranked Sam Houston State Bearkats know that they must win today in order to make the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
That’s today’s challenge for the Kats against an upset-minded Central Arkansas squad in Conway, Ark.
Bearkats win big, 98-48
From start to finish, the Bearkats imposed their will on Jarvis Christian on Wednesday night.
The Kats outhustled, outrebounded and attacked the glass while cruising to an easy 98-48 victory. The win was Sam Houston’s fourth straight.
BEARKAT FOOTBALL — Next man up
Due to an injury to starting quarterback Brian Bell’s throwing shoulder suffered in the fourth quarter of last Saturday’s game against Southeastern Louisiana, redshirt freshman quarterback Jared Johnson will get the start in Saturday afternoon’s regular-season finale against Central Arkansas in Conway, Ark.
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