By Cheval John
Reporter, Vallano Media
Everyone has one life to make things happen in the world.
Many would go through the motions of keeping up with the Joneses: this person has a better job, so I must outdue that person or they have a nice house and I got to work more hours to get the money in order to get a nice house of my own.
The problem with that is that when you are chasing waterfalls, you feel empty when you achieved them.
At the same time, you would miss the boat on your calling and then live to regret it.
For Sam Houston State Bearkat seniors that includes Brian Bell, Richard Sincere, and Timothy Flanders, their goal of reaching the NCAA Division I FCS National Championship Game in Frisco, TX for the third consecutive time nearly was taken from them.
The Bearkats has reached the title game in the last two years and lost both times to North Dakota State.
Even with some changes in the coaching staff ( leaving for other schools), the Bearkats felt that they could make it back again.
Everything was going their way midway through the season when they were nationally ranked in the top ten in both the FCS Sports Network poll and Coaches Polls and had an 8-2 record going into the final two games with a chance of claiming a share of the Southland Conference title after Southeastern Louisiana beat McNeese State in Lake Charles.
Then it went out of control as Sam Houston lost the final two games to Southeastern and to Central Arkansas.
The last game seemed to have been the dagger for these seniors because they were riding on an at-large bid to get into the FCS playoffs that expanded from 20 to 24 teams this year.