Sept. 22, 2013
BEAUMONT, Texas -
Freshman running back Kade Harrington carried the ball seven times for a career-high 143 yards and a touchdown, and added three catches for 26 yards and a score as Lamar rolled to a 53-0 victory over Bacone College (2-2) Saturday night at Provost Umphrey Stadium. The Cardinals (2-2) have now outscored opponents 128-0 in their two home games.
"It was kind of weird night to begin with because we didn't know what the weather was going to do," said Lamar head coach Ray Woodard. "I thought Bacone came to play tonight, and I was very impressed with their preparation. They had some success earlier, but Bill Bradley and our defensive staff adjusted well. Offensively we got things going, and we didn't allow an early turnover to affect us much. All in all, we got what we needed out of tonight."
Harrington led a ground attack that finished that night with 277 yards, and three touchdowns on 45 carries. Harrington was one of three Cardinals to record at least 57 yards on the ground. Freshman Emmitt Raleigh recorded a game-high 15 carries for 58 yards and a touchdown in the first game of his career. Junior Caleb Berry, who had a near flawless performance against Bacone, added 57 yards on nine carries.
"It was great to see Kade put up the numbers that he did in the first half," said Woodard. "Kade didn't practice much this past week, and he had a good night. I was also proud of the way that Emmitt Raleigh and Caleb Harmon played as well."
Lamar took the lead less than two minutes into the contest when Berry hooked up with sophomore Reggie Begelton
from 20 yards out. Following a missed extra point the score would remain 6-0 almost the rest of the quarter, but the Cardinals would push their lead to 13 points with less than a minute remaining in the opening quarter. Berry recorded his second TD pass of the night when he found junior Mark Roberts
from four yards out.
Leading 20-0, with 10:55 remaining in the second quarter the Cardinals recorded their second safety of the season when Jesse Dickson and Anthony Beard prevented a scrambling Kyle Kuban from escaping the end zone. It was the second of three big plays in less than 60 seconds that put the Cardinals firmly in control of the contest.
The Warriors were originally backed up to their own three-yard line when senior Kollin Kahler booted a 59-yard punt, which eventually led to the safety. LU recorded the sack two plays later. Following the kickoff, Harrington took the ball on the very next play and carried 50 yards into the end zone. It was one of two rushes of at least 50 yards - he also added a 72-yard run in the second quarter - and one of two touchdowns on the night for the Kingwood freshman.
Despite taking a 36-point lead into the locker room, the first score of the game would be all the points Lamar's defense would need. Led by Dickson and Courtlin Thompson's team-high eight tackles, Lamar surrendered only 128 yards of total offense to the Warriors. It is the second time this season that an opponent has been unable to gain 200 yards of total offense. The Cardinals were especially stingy when it came to Bacone's pass offense. The Warriors completed only 3-of-22 passes and were picked off four times.
"We knew Bacone was going to air it out a lot, and we got ready for it all week," said senior defensive back Courtlin Thompson. "We were prepared for it, and we just made plays on the ball. Everyone was running towards the ball and getting their hands on it. We were definitely ready for it, and we executed."
In addition to the four interceptions, Lamar also spent plenty of time in the Bacone backfield. The Cardinals finished the game with six sacks, and nine tackles for losses. Eleven different players were credited with a tackle for loss, while six different Cardinals recorded a sack.
The Warriors had an opportunity to crack the scoreboard at the end of the third quarter, but Lamar's special teams stepped up to preserve the shutout. Trailing 46-0, Bacone's Aron McCoy's 36-yard attempt was blocked ending the scoring threat. That would be as close as Bacone would get as the Cardinals closed out the game by tacking on one more score.
In addition to his 57 rushing yards, Berry was also 16-of-20 for 174 yards and four touchdowns. Senior Ryan Mossakowski was just as accurate completing 8-of-10 passes for 47 yards. He also carried the ball four times for nine yards and a score.
The Cardinal signal callers connected with eight different receivers on the night for 220 yards and four touchdowns. Raleigh had a strong night running the football, but he also led the team with seven catches for 48 yards.
The Cardinals return to action Saturday, Sept. 28, when they travel to Grambling, La., to take on Grambling State. The game against the Tigers is slated to begin at 6 p.m. from Robinson Stadium.