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Bearkats reign supreme over Lions, 70-0

Sports Reporter

Published: Monday, November 5, 2012

Updated: Monday, November 5, 2012 23:11

Megan Laurie | The Houstonian

Megan Laurie | The Houstonian

Even with a sheet of rain flooding the field, the Sam Houston State football team ran 10 unanswered scoring drives against Southeastern Louisiana Saturday at Bowers Stadium to remain undefeated at home since 2010.  

The Bearkats offense posted 575 total yards in their 70-0 landslide victory against the Lions. Running backs Timothy Flanders and Keshawn Hill combined for 284-yards and four touchdowns, and led the attack in the second half after an hour-and-a-half weather delay.

“We just had to come out and play fast,” Flanders said. “[The] offensive line did a very good job, we had a nice game plan [and] they came out with different schemes like they always do. Teams always play us different. We mainly just had to stay focused and stay true to our keys.”

Brian Bell continued to add to his record totals connecting twice in the end-zone.

After the Bearkat defense forced a three and out and a 10-yard punt return from receiver Trey Diller, Bell found Chance Nelson open down field for a 70-yard touchdown to extend the SHSU lead 35-0 midway through the second quarter. Bell would connect with Torrance Williams for 23-yards in the end-zone to close out the first half 42-0.

As rain began to pour in the second half, so did the Bearkats running game.

Fifty seconds into the third quarter, Flanders broke through the Lion defensive line and found open space for a 71-yard touchdown run to ignite the SHSU running game. Altogether Flanders would have 84 rushing yards in the second half, averaging 16-yards per carry.

According to Coach Willie Fritz, his team came out of the locker room focused despite the heavy rain.

“Our guys weren’t screwing around. They were in [the locker room] focused and ready to go out and play,” Fritz said. “I told our guys the thing I’m most proud of [is] we had that break for [an hour-and-a-half] and our guys came out and played with a lot more energy and passion in the second half.”

SHSU did not let up going into the fourth quarter with a 56 point lead as Hill ran for two more touchdowns.

Linebacker Darius Taylor commanded the Bearkat defense with 10 tackles after serving his one-game suspension last week. Overall SHSU’ defense held the Southeastern to merely 224-yards and nine first downs.

“I know that our defense is one of the best in the nation right now, they always have been,” Flanders said. “It all starts from fall camp when we go good on good, you can really tell how good our defense really is.”

Saturday’s matchup was the Bearkats second defensive shutout, and fourth consecutive game to hold opponents’ offenses to one touchdown.  According to Fritz, Saturday’s shutout can be attributed to reading Southeastern’s running formations early in the first half.

“[Southeastern] is a little bit similar to Lamar [offensively] with their three and four man front,” Fritz said. “We just did a nice job reading the double option and triple option early.”

With one conference game left to play in the season the Bearkats have proved themselves to be playoff-ready. Overall the Bearkats have outscored opponents 212-17 in the last four games.

“Confidence wise I really feel like we can get on the field and really play anybody,” Bell said. “And like Coach Fritz said, we’re taking it one game at a time.”

SHSU will hit the road again Saturday to face off against Northwestern Louisiana State in Natchitoches, LA. for a 3 p.m. kickoff.

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