Bears try to maintain hold on first place

In three games against Houston Baptist, the University of Central Arkansas Bears have outscored the Huskies, 169-20, including 56-013 last year in Conway.

 

The Bears enter Saturday night’s game in Houston in the early driver’s seat in the Southland Conference race after a 41-30 victory over defending champion and third-ranked Sam Houston State, moving to No. 6 in the polls.

So, the Huskies, who are in their fifth season of football, should be easy pickings, right?

“The quickest trip in America is from the penthouse to the outhouse,” said UCA coach Steve Campbell. We focus on the process; we don’t worry about the other stuff,. The process is getting better every day and not getting off kilter. The wins will take care of themselves if we take care of the process.”

One difference in this year’s game is HBU has seniors, including 13 fifth-year seniors who helped begin the program.

“We’re improved in the kicking game and we’ve chipped away on those plays that keep you from winning,” said HBU coach Vic Shealy. “Our defense is creating turnovers and is much improved. Our running game is improved. One of the big things is we’re getting the defense off the field on third down.”

The Huskies have not allowed more than 27 points this season.

“They are not giving up many points at all,” said Campbell. “They led Texas Southern before the half. They led McNeese State into the third quarter.

“They have some tall receivers and a lot of speed and quickness in the backfield and a big, physical defense.”

It’s the home opener for HBU, which is 1-3 after four games.

“We should a great atmosphere,” said Shealy. “It’s been fun seeing college fun become relevant to the culture on this campus. The students here are more and moe understanding the game. When there was no football on campus and we started it, the fans didn’t know how to cheer or how to support a program. It’s been fun for them to get to know our opponents.”

 

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