The Week 1 game between Sam Houston State and Richmond has been moved from Huntsville to Baylor’s McLane Stadium, due to Hurricane Harvey. The city of Huntsville received more than 20 inches of rain forcing classes to be delayed at SHSU until September 5, 2017. This game joins a long list of cancellations and relocations across Southeast Texas from Texans vs Cowboys, LSU vs BYU, and on down to high school and youth games.
Sam Houston State & Richmond will play their season-opening football game at McLane Stadium on Friday night.https://t.co/lNIGKcxleo
— Baylor Athletics (@BaylorAthletics) August 29, 2017
The game will be free of charge to all fans looking to attend and Baylor’s staff has offered to volunteer in organizing the game. SHSU athletic director Bobby Williams said in a release from the school, “I want to give ‘thanks’ to Baylor Director of Athletics Mack Rhoades, and everyone at Baylor for their help in making this game happen.” The game will kickoff at 6:00pm Friday night and will be a marquee FCS matchup.
Both teams are ranked in the top 10 in the FCS Coaches Poll, with SHSU at #3 and Richmond at #7. The game was originally supposed to aired on ESPNU, but now new broadcast coverage is being worked out. SHSU Associate AD Greg Hinze and Richmond Interam AD David Walsh did an outstanding job working together to make this game happen according to Bobby Williams.
The two schools have split the the past six matchups with five of those games decided by 10 points or less and three games decided by six points or less. SHSU coach K.C. Keeler has a lot of respect for Richmond coach Russ Huesman. In an interview with JP McBride of The Huntsville Item, Keeler referred to Huesman as “one of the best defensive minds in the country at any level.”
One of the matchups in this game will be Richmond QB Kyle Lauletta was the secondary of Sam Houston State, who has three new starters this season. Lauletta threw for 3,022 yards and 24 touchdowns last season and had a completion percentage of 63. In the last regular season game against William & Mary Lauletta tore his ACL and missed all of the Spiders playoff games.
Sam Houston State’s defense will be lead by strong safety Adrian Contreras and cornerbacks Darius Mouton, a UNLV transfer, and freshman Jaylen Thomas. The free safety position will be played by senior Joshua Price, a transfer from Southern Nazarene.
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