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High School Football: Rattlers hold their ground in 45-44 victory over East Central

By ISHMAEL JOHNSON
Daily Record Sports

Don’t let the scoreboard fool you.

San Marcos’ 45-44 season-opening victory over East Central on Friday night was the second consecutive year these two prolific offenses showcased their talent, but the Rattler defense — predicated on big plays — made the difference.

Tied at 38 in the fourth quarter, Hornets quarterback Justin Upshaw-Mendoza methodically worked the his offense down the field and East Central looked poised to take the lead.

College Football: It's game week at last for Texas State

By JOE VOZZELLI
Sports Editor

At this point next week, Texas State will either be 1-0 or 0-1.

After all, the Bobcats kick off their 2015 campaign with a visit to Tallahassee, Florida, to meet Florida State on Saturday.

So, how ready is Texas State for that first game?

“I’d say we’re about a week away from being game ready,” junior safety Damani Alexcee said with a smile after last Friday afternoon’s practice inside Bobcat Stadium. “That’s just how it is. You have to trust that we’re where we are supposed to be.”

Countdown to Kickoff: Red Wolves howling once again in 2015

By JOE VOZZELLI
Sports Editor

Continuity hasn’t been used to describe the Arkansas State football program lately.

Instead, the Red Wolves were forced to play a game of musical chairs — head-coaches style — by hiring four new faces to lead the program in the span of as many seasons. With that in mind, some college football pundits have dubbed the period from 2011-2014 as the one-and-done era.

First, there was Hugh Freeze who left for Ole Miss.

Next, Gus Malzahn exited after one season at A-State for greener pastures in the form of the Auburn Tigers.

Last Time Out: Bobcats topple Arkansas State for the first time last season

By JOE VOZZELLI
Sports Editor

With a comfortable lead late in the fourth quarter, Texas State experienced something it hadn’t enjoyed in a while: a worry-free final three minutes.

The Bobcats didn’t need a game-clinching defensive stop or a go-ahead score. Instead, Texas State watched as the final minutes bled off the clock during a 45-27 victory over Arkansas State on Thursday night inside Bobcat Stadium. The Bobcats could finally revel in a marque victory on a national-television stage in a game they needed to win.

Featured Story: The many sides to Tyler Jones

By JOE VOZZELLI
Sports Editor

He’s an enigma.

Especially for those people who aren’t members of the Texas State football team’s inner circle. The star quarterback who doesn’t seek the spotlight. The first person to take the blame when the Bobcats lose. He won’t claim any credit when they win, though. He’s guarded in front of the media, but comfortable around his teammates. The Stephenville product who once told his head coach that he was ready to take over the starting job at Texas State as a true freshman on a sideline in Lubbock.

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