The SFA Lumberjack football team lost to the Sam Houston State Bearkats 31-20 in the annual Battle of the Piney Woods game Saturday at NRG Stadium in Houston. The Jacks have now lost nine straight matchups dating back to 2011. Senior wide receiver Tamrick Pace opened the game with a 45-yard return, which set up the Jacks’ offense in Bearkat territory. However, the first drive didn’t result in points as senior kicker Storm Ruiz missed a 45-yard field goal.

The Jacks’ defense held their ground in the first quarter as they prevented Sam Houston State from reaching a first down. They forced an interception made by senior cornerback Aretavious Hendrix. Sam Houston State gained the lead for the first time before halftime on a trick play as Brock threw a pass to freshman wide receiver Noah Smith. Smith completed a 32-yard pass in the endzone to freshman receiver Ife Adeyi making the score 14-10. SFA enters a bye week and will return to action at 3 p.m. Oct. 19. as they travel to face Abilene Christian University. The game can be heard on Q107.7.

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