The 2016-17 season was filled with highlights and headlines for the Sam Houston State Bearkats. Awards were won, records were broken and five Southland Conference titles made their way back to Huntsville.
With the upcoming 2017-18 athletic season nearing its start, Bearkat Athletics will take a look back at the 2016-17 season throughout the summer months, highlighting the best of the past year.
Continue to keep tabs on GoBearkats.com and follow @BearkatSports on Twitter to catch the top stories of 2016-17 as they are unveiled.
HOUSTON – If there was a coming out party for Jeremiah Briscoe and the Bearkat offense in 2016, NRG Stadium and the Battle of the Piney Woods provided the perfect backdrop.
Sam Houston had breezed to a 3-0 record and a No. 2 national ranking to open the season, averaging 51.7 points per game in those wins. But rival Stephen F. Austin was entering the rivalry's 91st edition with a 3-1 record that included a win at No. 13 McNeese.
But as was the case in most of the Bearkats' games in 2016, Sam Houston's sixth straight win in the rivalry was decided before the halftime whistle sounded.
Sam Houston stalled out on its first two drives of the game, but then kicked it into high gear, scoring on their next six possessions, building a 42-7 lead at the midway point on its way toa convincing 63-28 win. The Kats racked up 402 yards in the opening half, while the defense picked up five sacks and allowed just three SFA first downs on the Lumberjacks' first seven drives of the game.
In the process, Briscoe had a field day against the SFA defense. The Sam Houston signal caller played in just three quarters of the game, but completed 25 of his 33 pass attempts for 438 yards and seven scores. The seven touchdowns set a new Sam Houston single-game record, surpassing the previous record of five. He would equal that feat in the regular-season finale with seven scores against Central Arkansas.
The day also served as a breakout game for freshman wide receiver Nathan Stewart who caught five passes for 183 yards and two scores, including a 73-yard score late in the first quarter that upped the lead to 28-0.
Best of 2016-17 in Bearkat Athletics Schedule
No. 20 – Softball Sweeps HBU To Clinch SLC Tournament Berth
No. 19 – Football Clinches Southland Conference Title
No. 18 – Baseball Opens SLC Play With 13 Straight Wins
No. 17 – Men's Golf Takes Second At Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational
No. 16 – Briscoe Throws 7 TD As Kats Blast ‘Jacks In Battle Of The Piney Woods
No. 15 – June 30
No. 14 – July 3
No. 13 – July 5
No. 12 – July 7
No. 11 – July 10
No. 10 – July 12
No. 9 – July 14
No. 8 – July 17
No. 7 – July 19
No. 6 – July 21
No. 5 – July 24
No. 4 – July 26
No. 3 – July 28
No. 2 – July 31
No. 1 – Aug. 2