Courtesy: Brandon K. Scott/SHSU Athletics
HUNTSVILLE, TX – Brian Bell threw three touchdown passes and Sam Houston State forced two Northwestern State turnovers as the Bearkats coasted to a 44-10 win at Bowers Stadium.
For Bell, it was his sixth game in 45 career starts with three touchdown passes or more.
The Kats had struggled offensively the last couple of weeks against Lamar and McNeese State.
But they hit a groove in the second quarter of Saturday’s game against the Demons.
With the score tied 3-3 with 7:15 to go in the second quarter, SHSU put up 34 unanswered points against Northwestern State.
Keshawn Hill’s 93-yard kickoff return in the second quarter set up a 7-yard touchdown run by Timothy Flanders.
The 93-yard return was the longest in school history to not go for a score, but set up the scoring streak for SHSU.
Later, Bell hit Richard Sincere from 17 yards out, which led to the Kats’ 17-3 halftime lead.
Northwestern State had little to counter SHSU in the second half.
The Demons only touchdown came on a 9-yard pass from Zach Adkins to De’Mard Llorens in the third quarter.
The Kats outscored Northwestern State 27-7 after halftime.
SHSU (6-2, 2-1) moves on to the Battle of the Piney Woods against Stephen F. Austin at Reliant Stadium next Saturday.
Northwestern State (3-5, 0-3) will host Central Arkansas.
Courtesy: Paul Ridings, Jr., SHSU Sports Information
Deveney Wells-Gibson totaled a season best 23 kills to lead the Sam Houston volleyball team to a four-set victory over Northwestern State Saturday afternoon in Natchitoches, La.
The Bearkats won 25-22 23-25 25-14 25-11 to up their Southland Conference record to 11-1 and stand 14-7 for the season.
Shelby Genung totaled nine kills and Krista Koopman and Lauren Bohlen added six each.
Setter Tayler Gray assisted on 48 of Sam Houston’s 53 kills.
Breanna Homer produced 19 digs and Clair Kilpatrick added 18. Haley Neisler led the Kats with seven blocks.
Northwestern State, now 13-10 for the year and 9-2 in conference action, was led by Stacey DiFrancesco with ll kills.
The first two sets were nip-and-tuck affairs. The two teams were tied six times with three lead changes in the first set.
Down 21-20, SHSU rallied to win five of the last seven points to take the frame.
Sam Houston held early leads in the second set and trailed by one 23-22 before the Demons closed out to even the match a set apiece at the break.
The Bearkats came back strong, rolling through the third and fourth set with only one lead change.