Thursday, October 21, 2021

Top-ranked Sam Houston won 21-20 over Lumberjacks

HOUSTON (WNN) — Trapper Panell raced for a 4-yard touchdown to make a comeback in the fourth quarter and FCS top-ranked Sam Houston defeated Stephen F. Austin 21-20.

The Bearcats, playing without starting quarterback Eric Schmid, received a 26-yard TD pass from Keegan Shoemaker to Ife Adeyi, then driving for a go-forward score in the middle of a small field after a lumberjack punt from the end zone. Benefitted.

Lumberjacks’ Chris Campos, who had previously scored a 49-yard field goal, had 40 seconds remaining with a 51-yard effort.

At the end of the third quarter, Stephen F. Austin got a high snap in a Sam Houston 9 and Trey Self passed Lawton Rickel to TD in the next game to take a 20-6 lead.

Shoemaker, a transfer from Louisiana-Lafayette where he was Patriot League Rookie of the Year in 2019, was passing 29 of 16 for 222 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

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Himself was 17 of 34 for 215 yards with two touchdowns and a pick. Xavier Gipson made nine catches and one score for 100 yards.

Sam Houston (4-0, 2-0 ASUN-WAC Challenge) has 10 straight wins over the lumberjacks (3-2, 0-2). Due to the pandemic, the rivals did not play last year for the first time since 1945.

The 95th Battle of Pine Woods was played at NRG Stadium in Houston.

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