'Jacks Fall to Sam Houston State
Nov. 4, 2006
NACOGDOCHES - The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack football team jumped out to a 14-0 first half lead, but it wasn't enough to hold off Sam Houston State Saturday night at Homer Bryce Stadium. The Bearkats outscored SFA, 15-3, in the second half to record a 21-17 victory. The loss drops SFA to 2-7 on the season and 2-2 in the Southland Conference play.
The Lumberjacks were in command of the game early jumping out to a 14-0 advantage. SFA scored its first touchdown on a two-yard run from Louie Runnels with 6:55 remaining in the first quarter. Runnels finished the game with 17 carries for 63 yards and the score. He also hauled in four passes for 43 yards.
SFA went right back on the attack in the second quarter. Junior Danny Southall led the 'Jacks on a 17-play, 96-yard drive that consumed over 7:30 minutes on the clock. Southall capped the drive with a one-yard plunge into the endzone.
Sam Houston State finally got on the scoreboard just before the break, when D.D. Terry scored from one-yard out. The 'Kats missed the extra point attempt and SFA went into the locker room up 14-6.
The Lumberjack defense was strong in the first half holding SHSU to 112 yards of total offense, and holding the league's leading rusher, D.D. Terry, to only six yards. But the 'Kats picked up the pace in the second half behind a strong passing attack. SHSU signal caller Brett Hicks completed 19-of-31 passes for 223 yards and a touchdown as Bearkats scored 15 points in the second half.
After falling behind by four points, the Lumberjacks got the ball back and mounted a drive late in the fourth quarter. The 'Jacks drove the ball down to the Sam Houston State eight yard line, before the drive stalled out and the 'Jacks turned the ball over on downs. SHSU got the ball back and ran out the final 2:38 of the game for the victory.
Southall finished the game completing 12-of-19 passes for 136 yards. He also carried the ball 13 times for 47 yards and a score. Sophomore wide out Dominique Edison caught four passes for 48 yards.
The Lumberjacks return to action Saturday, Nov. 11 when they travel to Thibodaux, La., to take on Nicholls State. The game against the Colonels is slated to begin at 2 p.m.