By Reilly Low
On a hot and humid day at Jim Wacker Field, the Bobcats took on the Nicholls State Colonels in the Battle for the Paddle, a rivalry between the two schools since 1988. Texas State ended up winning the paddle, 24-3, after a slow offensive start.
The first half of the game was very back and forth. Senior kicker Joshua Rowland put the Bobcats up to an early lead in the first quarter. In the second quarter though the Colonels responded with a field goal of their own.
Senior wide receiver Mason Hays blocked a Nicholls punt, but the maroon and gold were unable to convert on third down. Both the Bobcats and the Colonels failed to convert throughout the first half which allowed the score to remain 3-3 going into halftime.
After halftime, Texas State started to move fast down the field. Junior quarterback Gresch Jensen was able to convert for a first down on fourth and one. This crucial conversion ultimately led to the first touchdown of the entire game by true freshman tight end Micah Hilts.
Nicholls could not find the endzone once Texas State got the first touchdown of the game. An interception and a fumble by the Colonels helped the maroon and gold complete two more touchdowns putting Bobcats up 17-3 going into the fourth quarter.
Texas State’s defense continued to stop Nicholls from coming within field goal range, and the offense continued to put more points on the board by a 77-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Javen Banks, the longest Bobcat touchdown pass of the season.
Head coach Jake Spavital led the charge with a valuable message during halftime that changed the offense’s pace coming into the second half.
“It was all about who wants it the most,” Spavital said. “We have to find a way to scrap this one out. I just knew it was a matter of time, and our offense was staying patient with it.”
The maroon and gold have a bye this week but will be back at Jim Wacker Field on Thursday, Oct. 10 to go for their third straight win against the University of Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks. You can catch the action on KTSW 89.9.
Featured image by Nathan Rarangol.