Brock does it all as Bearkats take charge after rough start
Freshman quarterback tosses 2 TD passes while adding rushing and receiving scores
at quarterback, earlier threw a touchdown pass that gave the Kats a 28-14 lead.
“We’re blessed to have three quarterbacks that can play,” Keeler said. “All three have great attitudes about their situation.”
Thomas Hutchings rushed for 89 yards, including a long of 47, for SFA (1-4, 1-3). The Jacks’ Tamrick Pace caught touchdown passes of 9 and 21 yards, respectively, from Foster Sawyer and Jake Blumrick. Josh McGowen scored on a 5-yard first-quarter run that gave the Jacks a 14-7 lead.
The game quickly got away from SFA in the second quarter. Sam Houston pulled off a trick play that resulted in a touchdown, putting the Kats up by two touchdowns.
Schmid, a redshirt freshman quarterback from The Woodlands, caught a backward pass from Brock, then found Brock wide open along the right sideline. Linemen Ty Barrett and Tyler Edwards escorted Brock into the end zone for a 32-yard score. leg got rolled up on and did not return.
“You can see the versatility Ty gives you. That gives you a lot of options” Keeler said. “That’s why we went with him.”
But it was the first of two interceptions from D.J. Curtis that got the ball rolling for Sam Houston (3-2, 2-1). His 30-yard pick six late in the first quarter gave the Bearkats their first lead, as well the lead for good at 21-14.
“When I made that pick, we just did our assignments,” Curtis said. “I saw the tight end, I got in front of him, and took it to the end zone. Everyone did their part.
“This game is so important. The rivalry has been here so long. People at school talk about this game and how big it is. You can see the emotions and the seriousness of it.”
Mike Dare, who started the first three games for Sam Houston, passed for a touchdown after replacing Brock. Eric Schmid, who came in for the final five minutes calmed me down more than anything. We tied it up at 7, and after that I knew we were going to be able to move the ball on them.”
The Bearkats continued their dominance in the 93rd edition of the Battle of the Piney Woods, winning their eighth straight in the series between Southland Conference rivals.
“Our kids feed off playing in this great environment,” Sam Houston State coach K.C. Keeler said. “In the locker room, we talked about the Kats are back.”
Sam Houston, which led 44-14 at halftime, outgained SFA 500298.
“We’re just not built to play catch-up football,” SFA interim coach Jeff Byrd said.
Brock was 16 of 26 passing for 217 yards, and added 46 yards rushing. He left the game for precautionary reasons with 12:41 left in the third quarter after his right
After throwing an interception on the second offensive play of the game, Ty Brock did a good job of redeeming himself.
The Sam Houston State quarterback passed for two touchdowns, ran for one, and even caught a scoring pass. All in a day’s work for a redshirt freshman making his second career start.
Brock and the Bearkats responded to a quick start by Stephen F. Austin with 47 unanswered points on their way to a 54-21 victory Saturday afternoon at NRG Stadium.
“It started out rough with the interception, but I didn’t let it get to me,” said Brock, who threw touchdown passes of 43 yards to Nathan Stewart and 15 yards to Davion Davis. “That almost