Football Cards host final spring scrimmage

New quarterback coach Ramon Flanigan

As the Lamar Cardinals enter their final week of spring practice, the spotlight on the Lamar campus has been turned to the annual spring game – the Crawfish Bowl – which is slated for Saturday, March 7, at 7 p.m. from Provost Umphrey Stadium. 

Head coach Ray Woodard announced the coaching staff for the game; Brett Ramsey will coach the Red, and Ben Beasley the White. 

The Crawfish Bowl will consist of four 10-minute quarters, and will include 15-minute halftime. Kickoff and kick returns are live, along with turnovers. Along with new quarterbacks, there will be a new quarterback coach in Ramon Flanigan, who was hired after Larry Kueck retired. 

“Ramon is a good fit for our program,” said Woodard. “Having both played and coached the position, he knows what those guys are going through on the field, what they see and think. His experience and knowledge at the position will be invaluable to us.” 

A coaching veteran with more than 16 years coaching experience, Flanigan comes to Beaumont after a two-year stint as the head coach at Lincoln University, a NCAA Division II school in Jefferson, Missouri. Before an internship with the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL, Flanigan spent three seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Mississippi Valley State. 

Woodard also announced the 2015 season schedule, which includes nine conference games and two non-conference tilts. 

“This is a schedule that is going to present us with some unique challenges,” said Woodard. “We only have five home games, so we have to take advantage of every opportunity to play in front of our home fans. In addition, we will not have a stretch of consecutive home games this season. The Southland Conference is a very a tough league, and Baylor is one of the strongest teams in the nation. We are going to be tested from the first game of the season until the last.”

The Cardinals kick off the 2015 slate Saturday, Sept. 5, with their lone non-conference home game of the season against Bacone College. The Warriors will be making their second trip to Beaumont in the past three seasons. Lamar will hit the road for the first time in 2015 when they travel to Waco, to face nationally ranked Baylor. The game at Baylor opens a tough stretch that will see the Cardinals play three consecutive away games, and not return to Provost Umphrey Stadium for a month, as Big Red opens Southland Conference play Saturday, Sept. 19 at Sam Houston State. 

The Cards will get a week off to prepare for an Oct. 3 showdown at Southeastern Louisiana. Lamar will be back in the friendly confines of Provost Umphrey Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 10, when they host Abilene Christian. The Wildcats will be making their first trip to Beaumont since the 1972 season. The Northwestern State Demons return to the Lamar schedule this season, as Lamar will once again travel to Natchitoches, La. The game against the Demons will be Saturday, Oct. 17, from Turpin Stadium. The Cards return home to face Central Arkansas the following week, before closing out the month of October by making their first trip to Houston to face the HBU Huskies.

Lamar opens the final month of the regular season at home against Nicholls (Nov. 7), and closes out the road portion of the season Saturday, Nov. 15 at Incarnate Word. Lamar closes out the year with its annual rivalry against McNeese State Saturday, Nov. 21 in Beaumont.