April 5, 2012
BEAUMONT - Defense ruled the field Thursday evening in Lamar's second football scrimmage of the spring as the Cardinal offense was able to move the ball but could not get into the end zone at Provost Umphrey Stadium.
The Lamar offense ran roughly 40 plays starting at its own 30 but stalled on a pair of drives that got near the red zone. While the offense did not look as sharp as head coach Ray Woodard would have liked, he was pleased with his defense.
"I would have liked to seen us score," said Woodard. "We had two really good opportunities in the red zone to do something and we didn't on either one. On defense I liked our mindset of bend but don't break. I thought they did a good job of keeping them out.
"We didn't execute like I want them to in the red zone, especially since we had worked on the red zone. It didn't pay off offensively, but at least it did pay off defensively. It's hard to be happy with both sides of the ball."
Junior quarterback Caleb Berry began the scrimmage under center and could not convert a third and eight as he was pressured by linebacker Anthony Beard.
Berry was then given a fresh set of downs from his own 30 yard line and took the Cardinals down the field. He completed a 28-yard pass to tight end Phil Henderson on first down, and picked up 16 more yards on his next pass to Payton Ploch to get the offense down to the 26.
From there, junior transfer Ryan Mossakowski took over at quarterback. However, it was the running of DePauldrick Garrett that got the Cardinals' offense into scoring position. Garrett picked up 14 yards on two carries to take the ball down to the eight.
On second and three, Garrett was stuffed for just a one-yard gain by defensive end Blake Chavis. Lamar went for it on fourth down, but could not get in as Beard tackled running back Mike Venson to end the drive.
Lamar's other opportunity to score came late in the scrimmage as redshirt sophomore quarterback Jeremy Johnson
led his team down the field. After missing on his first three pass attempts, Johnson connected on five straight to finish the day 5-of-8 for 47 yards.
Johnson hit Venson for an 11-yard screen pass and then found Garrett for eight more yards to set up a second and two. After Garrett was stopped for a loss of one by defensive tackle Adren Dorsey, Johnson hit Stephen Alfred for 14 yards and a first down.
Johnson got the offense down to the 25-yard line on a 13 yard hook up with Davion Woolford, but the drive would go no further. After a false start set the offense back five yards, Johnson was sacked by Dorsey and Jesse Dickson for a loss of five.
Berry completed 7-of-13 passes for 87 yards. Garrett carried five times for 15 yards.
The Cardinals will hold the Crawfish Bowl (Red-White Game) on Apr. 17 at 7 p.m. The player draft will be held Apr. 12 at 1 p.m., and the Cardinals will be back on the practice field early next week as they prepare for the 2012 season.