That is the offense that Sam Houston State University fans were expecting this season. One week after playing down to Angelo State, the Bearkats finally opened up their playbook on offense and the result was a 48-10 thrashing over the Arkansas-Monticello Boll Weevils.
It was the type of game the Bearkats needed before they test the waters next week against a formidable North Dakota State squad.
“We’ve gotten off to a good start and we’re starting to build some confidence,” Sam Houston State head coach Todd Whitten said. “We dropped a couple of balls tonight but we played better in the scoring area than last week. We didn’t play a good first half defensively. We gave up 268 yards in the first half. We can’t do that.”
Offensively the Bearkats were clicking on all cylinders and they received a balanced running attack from Isaiah Sneed (87 yards), Chris Poullard (54 yards) and TyMagic Robinson (57 yards).
Rhett Bomar followed up a mediocre opener with a solid game, completing 17-of-26 passes for 257 yards and three touchdowns, along with an acrobatic 12-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
Another key sign for the Bearkats was the emergence of wide receiver Darnell Jones, who had a game-high 104 yards on only five receptions, one of which included a fake double-reverse 56-yard touchdown pass from Bomar to start the third quarter.
“It was apparent to us last week that it was much needed,” Whitten said of opening up the offense. “You should go into every game hoping to hit on a couple of those big plays and we got one there to start the second half.”
Blake Martin also scored his first two touchdowns of the season, both coming on bootleg rollouts from Bomar inside the red zone. Martin, a pre-season all-American, is becoming a quick favorite for Bomar.
“It feels good to have him on my side,” Bomar said. “He’s such a great weapon. He’s a tough match up for any defense. Tonight they put the safety over the top of him and I found him a couple times in the red zone. When all else fails he’s the guy I’m always going to look for.”
Martin acknowledged after the win that this type of offensive explosion is what he and his teammates believe can be duplicated for weeks to come.
“I think tonight is what everyone was expecting last week,” tight end Blake Martin said. Last week we had a poor second half and we made sure that wasn’t going to happen two weeks in a row. It’s not going to get any easier from here,” Martin said. “We’ve got two tough teams coming up. We’re all hyped and ready to play some football.”
Defensively the Bearkats were led by Southland Defensive Player of the Week, Byran Richmond. The senior strong safety had 15 tackles and forced two fumbles that resulted in easy scoring opportunities for the offense.
This Saturday SHSU will look for a 3-0 start when they travel to North Dakota State for a 6 p.m. start.