Last weekend seemed like it was never going to get here. I have had the beginning of Bearkat football marked on my calendar since the schedule was released last spring. Can you tell me a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than tailgating and watching the Kats toss the pigskin around? Even though the game started off slow, I thought the Kats looked good for the first game of the season. There were some mishaps, but that is to be expected in the season opener. Midwestern State played the week before, and they still had ups and downs. The defense played a great game, and the offense showed some sparks. Travis Tobaben made some great throws, and Wade Pate and Adam Karas played well too. The running game had some moments, and the receiving crew lit it up. T.J. Dibble played a solid defensive game along with Ed Jackson, and Paul Donelson came up with a monster hit that I’m sure Midwestern’s receiver is still feeling.Off the field festivities were great as well. I enjoyed the tailgate turnout, and the food was great. I’m just hoping that the ROTC is going to let me shoot the cannon at half time one game. The soccer team and volleyball teams also had a good weekend. The soccer team rebounded on Sunday to beat Prairie View after falling to a tough Oklahoma State squad Friday, and the volleyball team got some valuable work in before the start of conference next week.I wanted to start a Player of the Week award for both the top male and female performances. Since it is still in the works, I’m going to include it here.Top Male AthleteThis was a tough decision but I have to go with Stevie Smith. Smith’s 99-yard kick off return against Midwestern seemed to get the Kats going in a close game. Smith also had a 56-yard run and finished the game with 92 rushing yards on 14 carries. Honorable mention: T.J Dibble-had 14 tackles, eight solo and one blocked extra pointTop Female AthleteI’m going with Kelli Bateman for this pick. Bateman scored two goals in Sunday’s victory against Prairie View in a 3-0 win. Bateman has three goals on the season, which ties her for second on the team.Honorable mention: Alisha Fowler was named to the All-Tournament team at the Wyoming Invitational volleyball meet. Top Performance: There is a tie here because it was just to close to call. The Sam Houston State band and their rendition of “Crazy in Love”. Just one word-SOLID! The other half of the award goes to the guy with the goat. That is so awesome. Hopefully they will one day let him run the goat on the field after we score. Keep your fingers crossed.