Aug. 10, 2013
BEAUMONT – Jordan Edwards and Kade Harrington provided ample firepower for the offense on Saturday, but the defense came up with a number of big plays as well as the Lamar football team wrapped up its first week of practice with its first scrimmage of the fall at Provost Umphrey Stadium.
Harrington, a First Team All-State running back out of Kingwood last season, made an impact immediately. The freshmen took the majority of his snaps with the second team, and scored on his first two touches of the game, beginning with catch off a screen pass from Ryan Mossakowski and running 50 yards for the endzone. He followed up a play later, taking the handoff running 45 yards up the middle to paydirt.
“It was definitely a change of pace from playing in high school, and it was just fun to get out there and compete,” Harrington said. “We’re still not there yet on offense, but I think we’re getting there. I like the fast pace that we have, and it gives us a chance to do so many different things out there.”
Harrington made even more noise later in the scrimmage with the first team, scampering out to the right for a 12-yard score. He finished the day with three carries for 60 yards and two catches for 59.
“We were very impressed with his speed and athleticism, and we were hoping he could get out and do that,” head coach Ray Woodard said of Harrington. “We always want to see it happen in a game situation, and it’s good to see because we think he’s going to be a valuable weapon for us over the next four years.”
Edwards, who boasted of a 200-yard receiving game a year ago, showed off that ability once more, linking up with Caleb Berry
for an over the shoulder catch for 27 yards in the opening series and following up with a 13-yard grab on the next play. Berry and Edwards would combine once more on their last series of the day with a 50-yard touchdown pass.
Edwards ended with three catches for 90 yards, and Berry completed four passes for 128.
Kevin Johnson was the only other receiver to catch a touchdown, catching a screen on the right side of the field from Mossakowski and shedding a tackle en route to a 50-yard score.
Mossakowski ended with three completions on four attempts for 153 yards and a pair of TDs.
Gratian Gladney and Reggie Begelton also had long reception apiece with the former getting a 53-yard grab and the latter making an impressive 38-yard catch over a defender.
“We have a lot of different weapons on offense now, and the defense can’t just focus on one guy,” Edwards explained. “We can spread it out, and we’re all together and focused. I think we’re also a lot more disciplined on offense than we were in the spring and last year.”
Defensively, George Orebe had the game’s biggest play, picking off a deep pass by Rex Dausin and returning it nearly 80 yards for a score. Tyrus McGlothen also had an interception, stealing it off an errant Berry pass.
In all, the Cardinals ran 38 plays from scrimmage over 13 series, and play was disrupted once halfway through due to a lightning delay. Following a day off on Sunday, LU will return to practice on Monday evening at 7 p.m. All practices during preseason are open to the public.
The Cards will begin the fall season on August 31 at home against Oklahoma Panhandle State, the first of six games on the home slate this year. For ticket information, please call 409-880-1715.