BEAUMONT - With the first week of practice out of the way, the Lamar football team held its first fall scrimmage Saturday morning at Provost Umphrey Stadium.
The Cardinals' offense ran 30 plays starting from its own 40-yard line in the controlled scrimmage. After each play, the ball was returned to the 40 regardless of yardage gained or lost.
Junior transfer quarterback Ryan Mossakowski got the start under center, but it was redshirt sophomore Caleb Berry who looked the sharpest on the first day. Berry completed all five of his pass attempts for 54 yards.
Defensively, the Cardinals front seven was able to get penetration and limit the offenses' ability to run the ball. Senior John Prescott and junior Jesse Dickson were able to make plays behind the line of scrimmage against both the run and the pass.
"There was a lot of energy, a lot of effort, but it was a little sloppy towards the end," said LU head coach Ray Woodard about Saturday's play. "We have to have a lot of improvement by this time next Saturday before our next scrimmage.
"This was as close to a game as you could get before you play a game. This is the first time we went live and put them on the ground. What you see a lot of times is a player or two who play down a little bit and are not as good in live contact as you'd hope and then you got a pleasant surprise or two and I thought we had a little bit of both."
Berry and freshman wide receiver Gratian Gladney connected for the two longest plays of the scrimmage, hooking up for a 20-yard completion and a 19-yarder. Berry also hit freshman running back Darrell Harris for a 10-yard gain on his first pass attempt.
Mossakowski finished his day with 2-of-5 passing for 17 yards, hitting transfer running back Herschel Sims on a screen pass for six yards and senior wide receiver VanLawrance Franks for an 11-yard pickup.
On the ground, Harris ran for 13 yards on two carries. The Waco High School product ripped off a 10-yard gain up the middle on his first attempt. Fellow freshman Desmond Richards had the longest run of the day as he took a handoff up the middle for 11 yards.
Lamar opens the season at Louisiana-Lafayette on Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. The Cardinals' home opener will be the following Saturday (Sept. 8) at 7 p.m. when Prairie View A&M visits Provost Umphrey Stadium. Lamar will host five games following the Prairie View A&M contest. Highlights of the home schedule include the homecoming contest against McMurray at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 and a Southland Conference game against national runner-up Sam Houston State at 3 p.m. Oct. 27.
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