Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

December 2, 2013

Rusk's Trotter gets the start in Sam Houston FCS playoff win

Progress staff reports
Jacksonville Daily Progress


Former Rusk Eagle standout John Trotter got the start at left guard on the Sam Houston offensive line during the Bearkats' 51-20 triumph over Southern Utah in a NCAA Football Championship Series Playoff tilt that took place at Bowers Stadium in Huntsville on Saturday.

Trotter is a 6-foot-3, 276-pound junior, who was coached by Ted Patton at Rusk.

Brian Bell threw two touchdown passes and ran for another to engineered a 30-consecutive point Sam Houston (9-4) run after the Thunderbirds (8-5) hopped out to anearly 10-0 lead.

The Bearcats will move on to face Southland Conference rival and league champion Southeastern Louisiana at 7 p.m. Saturday in Hammond, La.

Sam Houston lost the regular-season meeting with the Lions by a 34-21 score on Nov. 16.