Lamar football rolls in first win

Lamar football rolls in first win

The Lamar Cardinals football team started a tad slow against Division II UT-Permian Basin on Sept. 9 at Provost Umphrey Stadium but then built a 37-6 halftime lead before rolling up a 72-6 win, which was also a first for new head coach Mike Schultz.

It was the most points scored by LU since the Cardinals posted 73 points against Texas College in 2014.

The Cardinals hung 642 yards of total offense on their opponents while holding the Falcons to less than 150. Big Red rushed for 396 yards on the night, just 58 shy of a single-game record set during the 1960 season. LU finished the night with five players rushing for more than 60 yards, led by sophomore Kendrick King’s 15 carries for 93 yards.

Junior quarterback Darrel Colbert Jr. was efficient behind center, completing 18 of 23 (.783) passes for 190 yards and four touchdowns. He also carried the ball eight times for 69 yards and two scores. Colbert was a part of the team’s first six touchdowns.

Colbert, a junior transfer for SMU, was awarded for his efforts and was named the Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness.

Things will get more serious this weekend for Lamar (1-1) as they travel to Natchitoches, Louisiana, to face Northwestern State (0-2) to open the conference at 6 p.m. at Turpin Stadium.

NSU leads the all-time series 9-8-1 and has beaten Lamar the last five times at home.

Schultz’s weekly radio show will begin Thursday, Sept. 14, on Newstalk 560 KLVI at 7 p.m. and will broadcast live each week from the Neches River Wheelhouse in Port Neches.Schultz will join LU play-by-play voice Harold Mann each week to recap the previous game, look ahead to the next opponent as well as take questions from fans. Those unable to attend the show in person can still take part by calling in to the one-hour program. The dedicated numbers for the show are (409) 896-5584, or (800) 330-5584.

Soccer

The weekly Southland Conference awards just keep piling up for the Lamar University women’s soccer team.

The conference named senior Lauren Lovejoy goalkeeper of the week, and junior defender Amelia Fullmer defender of the week on Sept. 12. Over the first four weeks of the season, LU student-athletes have earned seven of the 12 weekly honors.

“We’ve been putting a lot of focus and emphasis on defense,” said head coach Steve Holeman. “It has paid off. We are much stronger defensively than we were last season.”

It’s the third time this season Lovejoy was named goalkeeper of the week. Lovejoy posted a pair of shutouts last week as the Cardinals defeated Texas Southern 3-0 and tied Houston in a scoreless battle. Lovejoy has four straight shutouts and has blanked the opposition for the last 391 minutes, 10 seconds, setting a school record. Her five shutouts this year are one shy of the school single-season record.

Lovejoy has a goals-against average of 0.73 and a save percentage of .842. It’s the fourth time in her career that she was named goalkeeper of the week.

“Lauren has been tremendous all season,” Holeman said. “She has worked hard to improve and her confidence continues to grow.”

Fullmer, who is in her first year at LU after transferring from Iowa Western College, where she earned junior college All-America honors last season, has solidified the Cardinal defense. She played all 110 minutes against Houston.

“She is very difficult to get past,” Holeman said of Fullmer. “She has completely shut down some top scorers this season. Not much happens offensively on her side of the field.”

The Cardinals (5-2-1) open Southland Conference play when they host Nicholls at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, at the LU Soccer Complex. Fans attending Friday’s game will receive a free phone fan while supplies last. In addition, there will be a tailgating party for all LU international students.

Volleyball

The Lady Cards continue to struggle during the early part of the season as they were swept in three matches with Texas Tech, UT-Rio Grande Valley and UC Riverside on Sept. 8-9 in Lubbock.

Lamar (1-5) will travel to Arlington this weekend to compete in the UTA Invitational and play UC Davis and Arizona State on Sept. 15 before playing host team UT Arlington on Sept. 16.

The Cardinals return home Tuesday, Sept. 19, to host Prairie View A&M in a non-conference match at McDonald Gym at 7 p.m.

Photo by Jeff Kellum - Junior receiver Dorian Gatson scores on a 9-yard pass from Andrew Allen in the third quarter. 

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