By Reed Graff
Assistant Sports Director
As eight Bobcats put on the maroon and gold for one last time, the 3-8 Texas State Bobcats hosted the 7-4 Arkansas State Red Wolves in the final clash of the season. Surprisingly, it was the newcomers who stepped up for the Bobcats.
After an unsuccessful opening drive for the Bobcats, Arkansas State took over and looked poised to strike first. Bobcat senior AJ Krawczyk had other ideas, forcing a Red Wolves fumble, which was recovered by Nikolas Daniels. The Bobcats would waste away the opportunity, however, as the Red Wolves immediately forced a fumble of their own. The visiting Red Wolves took advantage of the play and put up the first points of the game. The Red Wolves held a 7-0 lead after a quarter of play.
The Bobcats looked to fresh faces in the second quarter to give their offense a spark. Freshman Blake Aragon made his first collegiate catch on a 14-yard pass from fellow freshman Tyler Vitt. The Bobcats would then go to Aragon again, throwing the ball up into the end zone for “6’5 Aragon to try and jump and get. He made the catch, but an offensive pass interference wasted the play. The Bobcats went into the half trailing Arkansas State 7-0.
Texas State struck fast in the second half. Freshman Alec Harris broke off a 57-yard touchdown run on his first collegiate carry, and the Bobcats suddenly came alive. The momentum would be short-lived; however, as the Red Wolves scored 21 unanswered points in the third to take a 28-7 lead going into the final quarter.
The fourth quarter remained fairly quiet for both teams. Arkansas State added three more points on a field goal, and the Red Wolves knocked off the Bobcats 33-7. The Bobcats finished their season 3-9, 1-7 in the conference.
The Bobcats wrap up a tumultuous 2018 season that saw personnel changes, coaching controversies, and fan revolts. Through it all; however, the Bobcat student-athletes stuck to their game and steadily improved as the season went on. Whoever takes the reins at head coach in 2019 can be assured that the Bobcats will have a talented roster stock full of experienced players and key leaders. With all the drama and controversy surrounding the program currently, at least one thing Texas State President Denise Trauth said rings true, the future is bright for Texas State Football, with the right leadership, this can be a special program fitting a special place like Texas State.
Featured photo courtsey of Texas State Athletics.