Role reversal

There’s only so much more the Sam Houston State University Bearkats can ask from D.D. Terry. Week after week the senior gets better and better, the only problem is the Kats as a team are regressing.

Despite a brilliant 253 yards on 37 carries and two more touchdown runs from Terry, Sam Houston State dropped their second consecutive home game, this time 31-18 in a conference contest against McNeese State.

Turnovers and inconsistency from the quarterback position plagued the Kats all night and thus they now stand tied in a three-way tie for the Southland Conference lead at 2-1.

Wade Pate was back under the helm after missing the last six games with a separated shoulder. The decision to start him over Brett Hicks seemed questionable, although head coach Todd Whitten declared that Pate was the man from the start of the season. Pate struggled mightily, not completing a pass in his four possessions. Not to mention, Pate threw a costly interception that put the Bearkats behind the eight ball and losing 17-0.

Brett Hicks later entered the game but he struggled nearly as bad, completing 6-of-16 passes for only 88 yards.

The Cowboys dominated the time of possession and tired out the Bearkat defense, who allowed 310 total yards of offense.

Trailing 17-0, the Kats defense managed to force a turnover that led to a 30-yard fumble return for a touchdown from Jeremy Wilson.

The point after was missed by Stewart Pearcy. It was not an odd thing to see as the Kats’ kicking game has struggled all season long. The Cowboys answered right back with a turnover that turned into a touchdown and regained a 24-6 lead. Terry scored his first touchdown of the night to cut the deficit to 24-12. Sam Houston elected to try for the two-point conversion but an incomplete pass kept the score as is. Now the Bearkats will try and re-gather themselves as they head towards a huge game this weekend on the road against Stephen F. Austin.

With just three games remaining on the regular season schedule, the Kats will have to win all three games to have a true chance at the Southland Conference championship.

SFA is led by quarterback Danny Southall, who is second in the conference with 1,429 yards passing. He is also a great runner with nearly 300 yards on the ground.

Tyrel Williams is his go-to receiver with 35 receptions and 306 yards receiving.

The game will be this Saturday at 6 p.m. in Nacogdoches. Tickets are on sale now.

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