SHSU football regains step in conference with 44-10 win over Demons
Published: Saturday, October 26, 2013
Updated: Saturday, October 26, 2013 19:10
With crippled confidence from weeks seven and eight, and a hazy campaign to return for their third FCS National Title run, the Bearkats’ renewed control against Northwestern State Saturday at Bowers Stadium.
Desperate to snap offensive woes, Bell accounted for 4 touchdowns, however it was the effort of the Bearkats special teams squad that kindled an early spark in the Bearkats 44-10 win.
An exchange of punts between SHSU and NWSU closed the first quarter scoreless with SHSU scrounging for 49-offensive yards. Freshman linebacker Mouf Adebo’s forced fumble situated Bell and company on their own 35-yard line. Following a 2-yard rushing effort in the first quarter, senior All-American running back Timothy Flanders ripped through a middle seam for a 46-yard gain to the Demon 19-yard line.
A series of incomplete passes and a fumble forced the Bearkats to settle for 3-points from the leg of Luc Swimberghe for a 45-yard field goal.
NWSU evened the board with 7:15 left in the half when Flanders and senior receiver Richard Sincere each tallied a touchdown to head into the locker room with a 14-3 lead.
Contrary weeks six and seven, SHSU didn’t let off the throttle.
Bell opened the second half with a 44-yard completion to senior receiver Torrance Williams for a 24-3 cushion to add insurance to their halftime lead.
The senior quarterback completed his sixth career game with three or more passing touchdowns, all within the past two season.
A crippled Demons’ offense strung together a series of first downs late in the third quarter to complete a 9-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Zach Adkins to receiver De’Mard Llorens to narrow the Bearkats’ lead 37-10.
Freshman running back Stephen Hicks added on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter with a 2-yard touchdown run to close Saturday’s matchup.