Sam Houston writes storybook ending as FCS Champions

The Kats came back to win it all in Frisco

Sam Houston players celebrate as they defeat South Dakota State in the NCAA college FCS Football Championship in Frisco, Texas, Sunday, May 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
Sam Houston players celebrate as they defeat South Dakota State in the NCAA college FCS Football Championship in Frisco, Texas, Sunday, May 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

FRISCO – The weather, a match-up of two excellent teams, and other various circumstances would ensure that this was a tough game for the Bearkats to win.

It was nasty in Frisco; rainy, sometimes windy, and dreaded lightning. Parents made emergency trips to Buccees to buy ponchos, since umbrellas weren’t allowed in the stadium. Two weather delays ensued. Players were slipping and sliding, there were bad snaps and missed opportunities. According to ESPN’s Kris Budden, quarterback Eric Schmid was spitting up blood due to being knocked down.

But it all led to a fourth quarter comeback; Schmid finding Ife Adeyi for a 10 yard pass with 16 seconds left. Those who follow the Bearkats are not surprised by the Kats pulling one off late.

“The last four weeks has come down to basically the last play, last drive of the game, and it did not surprise me that it came down to the last drive here,” said head coach K.C. Keeler.

“It was a four verticals concept with an angle route from the running back,” said Schmid. “Our progression for that play was just kind of picking one of your one-on-ones and then back to your angle route, and I saw Ife had some space in the middle of the field and we were both on the same page, so it worked out pretty nicely.”

Nicely, indeed. Schmid, a Woodlands native, showed grit throughout the title game.

“You talk about a warrior and you talk about a guy who just is just so calm under pressure and just doesn’t panic,” said Keeler. “I think that’s why a lot of us felt that we were going to be fine on that last drive, because we have a trigger man that is capable -- not only physically but emotionally, to make that last drive.”

“Tt’s not a one-man deal,” said Schmid. “Everybody came together and we did this as a team all year long. I’m just thankful to be a part of this team.”