Lamar football team scrimmage at Provost Umphrey Stadium

Lamar football team scrimmage at Provost Umphrey Stadium

Lamar’s football team held a scrimmage Aug. 11 at Provost Umphrey Stadium. The scrimmage was broken down into three parts — offense vs. defense, special teams and red zone work.

The offense had the upper hand in the scrimmage, breaking several big plays, while the defense flipped the script during special teams work.

“I thought there were some highs and lows on both sides of the ball,” said head coach Mike Schultz. “We had some big plays on offense, which was good to see, but we need to be more consistent. We’re getting ready to head back in and break down the film, and when that happens, I’m sure we will see some alignment assignment mistakes that we will need to get corrected.

“Defensively, you have to look at the fact that we gave up too many big plays today. They would have a couple of good plays, but then give up a big play so we really need to become more consistent,” added Schultz.

The LU signal callers showed the ability to get the job done both with their arms and feet. Senior, and returning starter, Darrel Colbert completed 4-of-7 passes for 95 yards, and carried the ball eight times for 88 yards. Transfer Jordan Hoy was 3-of-6 for 67 yards, and had five carries for 35 yards, while local product Adam Morse completed 3-of-6 passes for 36 yards. As a group, the LU quarterbacks averaged nearly nine yards per carry.

Newcomer A.J. Walker showed an ability to record tough yards in traffic. He finished the day with two carries for 36 yards and continued to push the pile forward when the play appeared to be stopped.

It wasn’t just the signal callers getting the job done on the ground. The Cardinals finished the day with 26 carries for 258 yards and two touchdowns. Colbert’s 88-yard performance topped the day, while junior Cole Starnes tacked on four carries for 49 yards. He also rattled off the longest run of the day — 49 yards. Starnes’ 49-yard rush was just one of nine by the Cardinals of at least nine yards, including four of 30 yards or more.

LU also finished the day with four pass plays of at least 20 yards, including a 41-yard strike from Colbert to junior Case Robinson to set up a touchdown. Two plays later, Colbert finished off the drive with a two-yard run for the score.

The defense flipped things around on the offense during the red zone drills. The offense was kept out of the end zone on its first five attempts. Redshirt freshman QB Jack Dallas appeared to have the Cardinals set up for their first score with his pass in the front corner of the end zone was but it was batted away at the last second by Garrison Mitchell. The offense finally scored on its sixth attempt when Morse capped off the drive with a four-yard run for the score. The offense backed that up with a score from Walker on the next series.

The Southland Conference released its list of televised games for the first four weeks of the season. All of Lamar’s first four games will be televised, including three games on the ESPN family of networks.

LU will kick off the season Saturday, Sept. 1 at home against Kentucky Christian. The game against the Knights will kick off at 6 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN3. The following week the Cardinals will travel to Lubbock to take on Texas Tech. The game against the Red Raiders will be a 3 p.m. kick and will be televised on Fox Sports Net.

After the first two games of the season, the Cardinals return home for games in weeks three and four. Big Red will host Northwestern State Saturday, Sept. 15, at 6 pm. on ESPN+ and will be back home the following week for a 6 p.m. kick against Southeastern Louisiana, which will be shown on ESPN3.