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Practice report: Bobcats moving on to Houston

Following last week’s loss to Southern Mississippi, the Texas State football team has its mind on the next opponent: Houston Cougars.

The Bobcats will be making the 154-mile commute to TDECU stadium in Houston this weekend.

Because of the short distance between each school, Coach Dennis Franchione decided to close all practices to the public this week.

Being a head coach is like playing chess and this is the move that Franchione wants to make to give his team the best chance to check mate the Cougars.

Franchione is using this strategy so nobody from Houston will be able to see what Texas State is working on this week in practice. Franchione is a coach who isn’t shy about sprinkling in trick plays and there could be a few on Saturday.

'The Legend of San Marcos' making his mark at Texas State

Under the lights of Doak Campbell Stadium, with the “Tomahawk Chop” being yelled into his ears by 80,000 Seminole fans, Lumi Kaba, junior kicker, became the legend of San Marcos.

The ESPN broadcast tagged Kaba with the nickname during his performance that concluded with seven punts for 326 yards.

His journey to that point was an unusual one, however.

Kaba was born and raised in Europe, where soccer is the main sport among the youth. The young European boy learned to love the game from his father, Ziber Kaba.

Lumi Kaba played forward throughout his soccer career.

While Lumi shared the same love for the game with his father, they disagreed on which teams to root for.

Bobcats looking to keep winning streak alive

Assistant Coach Link Scoggins said the Texas State women’s soccer team is looking to focus on maintaining the teams’ current mindset as the Sun Belt Conference season approaches.

The Bobcats are currently on a three-game winning streak, with two non-conference games remaining and a 4-2 record.

Texas State begins the two-game home stand this Friday at the Bobcat Soccer Complex where the team will host the New Mexico State Aggies.

“The confidence is there,” Scoggins said. “But New Mexico State and Lamar are teams that if we don’t take care of business, could result in a loss.”

The biggest task at hand for the coaches is how well the team will handle adversity.

Utility fee ordinance for city beautification under review

A proposal to implement an additional utility fee for citizens and business owners was made at the Sept. 1 city council meeting.

Amy Kirwin, coordinator for Keep San Marcos Beautiful, said the money collected through the fee would provide extra funding for environmental projects.

“Keep San Marcos Beautiful is a great program which helps manage environmentally friendly projects and helps coordinate countless cleanup initiatives in the city of San Marcos,” Kirwin said.

If approved by city council, the additional charge would be enforced starting next January. 

Kirwin said businesses would be required to pay $5 toward the bill while residents would only be charged $1 if the utility fee was implemented.

Eight great date places in San Marcos

San Marcos offers a plethora of cuisine and outdoor adventure options for couples looking to escape their daily routine.

Below is a list of fun ideas for a date with that special person.

  1. Palmer’s Restaurant, Bar and Grill

Palmer’s features a decorative outdoor courtyard surrounded by trees for those wishing to take advantage of the fall weather. Students searching for a more intimate setting can reserve a table inside.

Kyle Easterling, Palmer’s manager, said the restaurant’s quiet atmosphere makes it the perfect date destination.

Multicultural Greek life picks up pace on campus

Campus Greek life was in full motion last week as fraternities and sororities flooded The Quad looking to recruit new members.

In an attempt to inform students of what their organizations have to offer, the multicultural Greek chapters gathered in The Quad Sept. 3 and played dance music and invited students passing by to participate in different games.

“This has literally changed my life for the better,” said Benito Salazar, president of Sigma Lambda Beta and management senior. “I’ve found a home where I can socialize with people who understand my background and culture. This really allows you to be part of something that is bigger than yourself.”

Analyzing the Bobcats' 63-24 victory against Prairie View A&M

What the win means: The win doesn’t mean much simply because the win was basically inevitable. Texas State was a 95 percent favorite according to the ESPN’s Football Power Index.The real barometer for this team will be the Southern Miss and Houston games.

Why the Bobcats won: It’s Prairie View A&M. Prairie View A&M is the equivalent of what Texas State was to Florida State in the season opener. Texas State is more established.

Prairie View is an FCS program as opposed to Texas State, a member of the FBS since 2012. Texas State just outplayed Prairie View in every facet of the game. Tyler Jones, junior quarterback, had more touchdowns (3) than incompletions (2), exhibiting the Bobcats’ talent advantage.

Live analysis: Texas State vs. Prairie View A&M

FOURTH QUARTER

Prairie View A&M: Demarquo Lastrappe 28-yard touchdown pass from Trey Green, 8:44 left
Drive summary: 1 play, 28 yards, 0:07, 

Key play: Brandon McDowell giveth, Brandon McDowell taketh away. McDowell wasn't successful this time around, fumbling the ball to Prairie View A&M. His gamble resulted in a school record 95-yard punt for a touchdown in the first quarter. This time around, the Panthers knocked the ball out of his hands. 

THIRD QUARTER

Texas State: Chris Nutall 21-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Jones (Kaba extra point), 10:02 
Drive summary: 4 plays, 72 yards, 1:33

Bobcats look to continue winning ways against Northwestern State

The Texas State soccer team is back on track after two wins against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Prairie View A&M last week, which improved its season record to 3-2.

Assistant Coach Link Scoggins said the team will be working on spacing going into Friday’s matchup against the Northwestern State Lady Demons.

“Just from looking at the two games this weekend and practice, we got to start working together—more connected than we were this last weekend,” Scoggins said.

Scoggins wants to see more connection from the team and better movement.

Hormuth working to become goal scoring threat this year

A position change in sports can make or break an athlete. For Kassi Hormuth, sophomore forward, her biggest challenge this season is completing the switch from midfielder to forward.

“I think taking on a new role because last year I played primarily attacking mid,” Hormuth said. “Taking on forward is a little bit different. It’s good, I like it and it is something new and more of a challenge to get into a new position.”

Last season, Hormuth was second among her freshman class in goals (3) and assists (1) behind Rachel Grout, sophomore forward. Coach Kat Conner said Hormuth still needs to come out of her newcomer role.

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