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Bearkats Celebrate National Championship With Parade

June 29, 2021
SHSU Media Contact: Wes Hamilton

In May, a touchdown pass with 16 seconds left in the game, from Quarterback Eric Schmid, capped off a come-from-behind victory for the Sam Houston State Bearkats in the FCS national title game. Monday, the team was finally able to celebrate with a parade in Huntsville in their honor.

Student athletes hoisted the trophy while standing on top of fire trucks, as Bearkat fans crowded the streets of downtown Huntsville on Sam Houston Avenue.

National Champions Parade 2021

The 23-21 victory over South Dakota State secured SHSU’s second national championship, and first as a member of the FCS division. Sam Houston’s magical run through the playoffs included victories over the past two champions as well, with a 38-35 win over James Madison in the semifinals and a 24-20 victory over North Dakota State in the quarterfinals.

The Bearkats kick off the 2021 season at Northern Arizona on September 2, as they attempt to defend their title. For more information on Bearkat athletics, or to secure season tickets for the 2021 season, visit

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