LU football team gets first SLC win of year
BEAUMONT, Texas – Junior quarterback Caleb Berry and
freshman running back Kade Harrington set Lamar single-season records while
leading Lamar to a 56-34 victory over Nicholls State Saturday evening at
Provost Umphrey Stadium. The win moves Lamar to 4-5 on the season, and 1-3 in
Southland Conference play. Lamar is now only one win shy of tying the record
for wins since bringing back the program.
"We're a good football team, and we're a hungry
team,” said head coach Ray Woodard. “This is not going to be our last win.
We're going to try to win out, and I'm very proud of what we accomplished
Berry completed 28-of-37 passes for 329 yards and five
touchdowns on the night. The biggest score of the night came on Berry’s second
TD pass. Berry hit senior Jordan Edwards for a 31-yard strike with 5:31
remaining in the opening half. It gave Berry 22 TD passes for the season
setting a new school single-season record surpassing Larry Haynes’ mark of 21 set
"That's all well and good, but we got a win,” said
Berry. “Hopefully we can take that into the next couple games. I had a lot of
guys help out with that, especially Kade. He's a heck of a player, and he runs
hard. Offensive line played great, and the receivers ran good, crisp routes. We
had a lot of guys help with that, but I'm just happy we got a win."
Not to be outdone, Harrington stepped into the spotlight
at the beginning of the fourth quarter when he carried the ball eight yards
down to the Nicholls’ 11-yard line. The rush gave him 36 yards for the night
setting a new LU freshman rushing record that had stood for 62 years (Sammy
Carpenter – 1951). Harrington finished the game with 17 carries for 48 yards
and two rushing scores.
"I knew about the record,” said Harrington “But I
just went into the game with the mindset that I had to do what I have to do to
help this team win. If getting yards is what I need to do, then that's what
I'll try to do when my number is called."
The majority of Harrington’s damage did not come on the
ground against the Colonels. He also hauled in four passes for 56 yards and two
scores. Harrington also tied an LU single-game record for points with his 24.
It is the third time in school history that a Cardinal has scored 24 points in
a game, all three times during the Woodard coaching era.
In addition to the all the individual milestones, Lamar
posted a team first against the visitors from Thibodaux Saturday night. The
Cardinals’ 56-point outburst is the most by LU in a conference game in program
history. The last time LU came that close in a conference game was 54 against
Abilene Christian in 1967.
In a game that only saw one score in the opening quarter,
the two teams combined for 48 points in the second 15 minutes of action, with
the Cardinals taking a 35-17 lead at halftime. The Colonels made a run late in
the third quarter to cut the lead down to eight points, 35-27, but that would
be as close as Nicholls would come to victory as Lamar recorded three of the
game’s final four touchdowns to lock up their first Southland victory of the
The Colonels were able to outgain Lamar by 62 yards,
483-421, and had the ball more than seven minutes longer than their hosts but
the Colonels were hurt by turnovers. Lamar forced the Colonels into five
fumbles, three of which LU recovered, and picked off one pass.
Beaumont senior William Jones led all players with 14
tackles. He was also credited with a sack. Senior Tyrus McGlothen added six
tackles, including a sack, recovered a fumble and picked off a pass which he
returned 56 yards for a touchdown.
Sophomore Gratian Gladney led Lamar with seven receptions
for 107 yards, which is the third consecutive game a Cardinal has recorded 100
The Cardinals return to action Saturday when they travel
to Natchitoches, La., to face Northwestern State. The game against the Demons
is slated to kick off at 3 p.m. from Turpin Stadium.
Wednesday, April 23 2014, 11:23 AM CDT