April 17, 2012
BEAUMONT - Junior transfer Ryan Mossakowski hit Zach Sonnier for a 13-yard touchdown in overtime Tuesday night at Provost Umphrey Stadium, as the white team defeated the red team 7-0 in Lamar University's annual spring football game.
Also know as Crawfish Bowl II, the game remained scoreless after the red team's Juventino Sanchez missed a 42-yard field goal on the final play of regulation.
The white team got the ball first in overtime and after Mossakowski missed Sonnier down the sideline on first down, running back DePauldrick Garrett ripped off a 14 yard run down to the 11 for another first down. Mossakowski was sacked for a three yard loss by Adren Dorsey, and Barry Ford took an end around for 1 yard to bring up 3rd and 12.
Mossakowski rolled to his left and found Sonnier in the left corner for what would turn out to be the game winning strike. The junior college transfer would finish his day just 5-of-14 for 36 yards, but his last completion proved to be the most important.
"I really didn't want to play overtime tonight but I thought both defenses played hard tonight," said third year head coach Ray Woodard. "We have a little work to do offensively in the red zone and putting points on the board but I thought overall we had a good night."
The red squad then took over from the 25 and ran a trick play as quarterback Jeremy Johnson handed off to Mike Venson who then threw the ball back to Johnson for a five yard gain. However, on second down, Venson lost the ball and it was recovered by the white team's Jesse Dickson to secure the victory.
Dickson was one of several defensive players who looked impressive in the game. Linebacker James Washington registered five tackles, including a sack for the winning team. Joe Viator led all players with eight tackles and Marcus Malbrough had four tackles, including a sack, 1.5 tackles for loss and a quarterback hurry.
For the red team, Dorsey led all players with a pair of sacks. Keinon Peterson led the red side with six tackles and Eric Arnold and Mark Murrill had a sack each.
The best opportunity to score prior to the fourth quarter came toward the end of the third as the red team took over at their own nine yard line. Caleb Berry, who played for both teams due to an imbalance at quarterback, completed a pair of passes to Payton Ploch and one to Kye Hildreth to get his team down to the white 23 yard line. Ploch would finish with seven catches for 63 yards.
Venson lost three yards on 1st and 10, and Berry missed on his next two passes from the 26-yard line. Sanchez attempted a 43-yard field goal with 13 seconds to play in the quarter but came up short to keep the game scoreless.
Garrett looked strong running the ball as he returns from a redshirt year due to injury. The former West Orange-Stark star carried 11 times for 58 total yards and also caught a pass for 16 yards.
The red team struggled to run the ball, finishing with just 6 net yards on 18 carries. It was able to outgain the white team through the air 155 to 79.
Berry finished 15-for-25 for 138 yards as he took more passes than the other two quarterbacks. Johnson was 7-of-17 for 55 yards and also threw the only interception of the game. Midway through the second quarter, Johnson was picked off by sophomore Colby Carpenter at his own 41 yard line. The red team managed only 10 yards on the subsequent drive before turning the ball over on downs.
Punter Kollin Kahler, who played for both teams, was impressive in his 13 trips onto the turf. He averaged 42.4 yards per punt for the white squad and 40.0 for the red team. A Waco native, Kahler had a long of 56 yards and nailed three punts inside the 20.
Lamar will open its 2012 football schedule on Sept. 1 with a road game at former conference rival Louisiana-Lafayette, now a member of the Sun Belt Conference. Woodard's Cardinals will face a second Football Bowl Subdivision school when they travel to Honolulu, Hawai'i, to play a Sept. 15 game against the University of Hawai'i.
The Cardinals' home opener in 16,000-seat Provost Umphrey Stadium is set for Sept. 8 against Prairie View A&M University. Their Southland Conference opener will be in Beaumont against Southeastern Louisiana University on Sept. 29, and their 2012 Homecoming Game will be against McMurry University on Oct. 13.
For season ticket information, call the Lamar ticket office at (409) 880-1715.