Roadrunners prepare to face No. 16 Sam Houston

Fresh off a 54-7 shellacking of Bacone, the Roadrunners returned to work Sunday to prepare for their next opponent, the Sam Houston State Bearkats, who the Roadrunners will face on Saturday in Huntsville, Texas.

The Bearkats pose the toughest competition yet for the Roadrunners. As the No. 16 team in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) the Bearkats will be the first ranked opponent the Roadrunners will have faced.

The Bearkats got to No. 16 in the nation by starting out 3-0 with victories over Western Illinois, Central Arkansas and an overtime victory on the road at New Mexico. New Mexico is a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) which added to the luster of the Bearkats victory.

“Sam Houston is a really good team,” Roadrunner Head Coach Larry Coker said. “They showed they were the better team against New Mexico.”

The Bearkats are led on offense by quarterback Brian Bell who has completed 35 of his 53 passing attempts for 471 yards and four touchdowns this season.

The Roadrunners will have their hands full with Bell as well as running back Tim Flanders who in three games has run the ball 72 times for 413 yards and six touchdowns.

Equally important will be how the Roadrunner offense and special teams respond to a Bearkat defense that has given up very few points through the first three contests.

“We are going to have to play well in all three phases from here on out,” Coker said. “We don’t have a lot of margin for error.”