Aug. 23, 2014
BEAUMONT, Texas -
The Lamar Cardinals braved the heat and humidity of deep east Texas Saturday morning for their third and final scrimmage of fall camp before the start of game week preparations Monday. The final scrimmage was a scaled back version, focusing on the red zone, and special teams.
"We came into this scrimmage focusing on the red zone," said fifth-year head coach Ray Woodard. "We didn't feel like we were getting enough live red zone reps so we focused on that area of the game. Plus with a new snapper, holder and kicker we wanted to get plenty of field goals in as well. We've got a lot of video to go back and look at. This is what we wanted out of this final scrimmage."
The major highlights for the offense came from three players. Freshman Cody Dupuy and Robert Mitchell and junior Reggie Begelton made nice plays to get the ball over the goal line. Dupuy scored on a tough run around the left side from eight yards out, while Mitchell scored on a 13-yard carry up the middle. Begelton's TD reception came from senior quarterback Caleb Berry.
Although the offense was able to punch it in on three occasions, the defense showed its speed on the field turning the offense away just as often, recording several batted passes and an interception.
"I've been happy with our progress throughout camp," said Woodard. "I've been very impressed with our overall speed on defense. We're not where we want to be yet, but we still have a week to get ready for Grambling."
The Cardinals will take the day off Sunday in preparation for the Lamar Football Kickoff Banquet beginning at 6 p.m. in the Montagne Center. Lamar will begin its normal game week preparation Monday. There has been one small change to the Cards practice schedule for the first week of the season. Lamar will continue to hit the practice field at 7:30 p.m. Monday - Wednesday before returning to its normal 3:30 p.m. schedule. All practices are closed to the media except for Tuesday when it will remain open until 3:45 p.m.