Lamar Loop: Lamar football to host Mississippi College on Saturday

Lamar Loop: Lamar football to host Mississippi College on Saturday

The Lamar football team hosts the Mississippi College Choctaws (0-2) on Saturday at 7 p.m. LU is 16-11 (.593) at home since the return of football, but is 0-1 all-time against Mississippi College.

All youth football players who show up in uniform will get in for free. The first 1,000 fans will get Lamar megaphones, and the first 400 will also get Lamar replica jerseys.

Last Saturday, LU hung 73 on Texas College while putting up 561 yards of offense to improve to 2-1 on the year.

Lamar scored a touchdown on its first six possessions and eight of their first nine, taking an insurmountable 49-0 lead into the locker room. LU recorded nearly 400 yards of offense in the opening half, which allowed head coach Ray Woodard to turn to his bench early in the contest. All seven first-half scores were recorded by different players, including Ronnie Jones’ 38-yard return following a blocked punt.

“I’m very proud of this team tonight,” said Woodard. “We didn’t allow last week’s game to effect us in our preparation for tonight. We came out and took control of the game early, and our defense was able to shut down Texas College on the other side of the ball.”

The Cardinals didn’t waste any time getting on the scoreboard as sophomore Emmitt Raleigh scored on a career-long 45-yard run on LU’s second play of the game. Raleigh was one of five different Cardinals to rush for a touchdown against the Steers.

Sophomore Reggie Begelton made it a 14-0 lead just over two minutes later when he hauled in a six-yard pass from senior Caleb Berry. Begelton and senior Mark Roberts led the Cardinals with two receptions, including one for a score. Begelton finished the night with 25 receiving yards, while Roberts had 76.

Lamar closed out the half by getting rushing scores from Berry, sophomore quarterback Robert Mitchell, and junior Carl Harris.

The Cardinals utilized their depth at running back to keep Texas College’s offense off the field. Lamar carried the ball 54 times for 393 yards and six scores. Six different Cardinals carried the ball Saturday, led by Harris’ 26 carries for 153 yards and a score. Mitchell added 13 rushes for 81 yards and two scores, while Raleigh finished the game with four carries for 75 yards.

All three quarterbacks saw time for Lamar against the outmanned Steers. Berry completed 4-of-8 passes for 112 yards and two scores, while Mitchell was 2-of-3 for 30. Rex Dausin was 1-of-2 for 26 yards, and also carried the ball four times for 49 yards a score.

The Cardinals scored on every possession except two against Texas College, including 10 touchdowns and a field goal. The Steers didn’t record their first stop of Lamar until 3:51 remaining in the second when Texas College picked off a Mitchell pass.

Lamar’s defense was led by sophomore Corbin Carr and Koby Couron. Both players finished the game with seven tackles. Carr also ended the night with 3.5 tackles for losses.

Volleyball

The Lady Cardinals dropped three matches last weekend in the Oklahoma Nike Invitational and were shut out in all three, losing 3-0 to Portland State, UALR and Oklahoma to fall to 0-9 on the season.

The Lady Cardinals return to action when they compete at the Rebel Classic in Oxford, Miss., by playing Samford and Louisiana Tech on Sept. 19 and Ole Miss on Sept. 20.

Soccer

The Lady Cards split two games last weekend, losing 7-2 to Louisiana-Lafayette on Sept. 14 and beating Texas Southern, 4-0, on Sept. 15 to improve to 2-5 on the season.

In the loss to ULL, Kimmy Albeno extended her Lamar career goal-scoring record by netting her 27th career goal; Kristin Bos netted the other.

Bailey Fontenot tied the Lamar record with her 12th career shutout to highlight the Lady Cardinals’ 4-0 win over visiting Texas Southern.

Fontenot, a senior out of nearby Hardin-Jefferson High School, made five saves, equaling the career mark set by Jennifer Gibbs.

“The key was her confidence throughout the whole game tonight,” head coach Orlando Cervantes said of Fontenot. “She was very aggressive and very physical tonight.”

Scoring for LU were Albeno with two goals (29th), along with freshman M.J. Eckart and A.V. Vigil, who both scored their first career goals.

The Lady Cardinals host Northwestern State at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19 in the Southland Conference opener for both squads. It’s “Mom Night” as all moms who bring a youth soccer player to the game will get in free. The mom who brings the most youth soccer players will win a free spa package plus four tickets to Lamar’s football game with Mississippi College.

Men’s tennis

Lamar sophomores Nikita Lis and Michael Feucht advanced to the quarterfinals in doubles competition at the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational in Midland from Sept. 12-14.

After receiving a bye in the first round, the Lamar duo posted a 6-3 decision over Sean Baklini and Rodolfo Jauregui in the round of 16 before falling to the TCU combo of Trevor Johnson and Blake Wiggins by a 6-1 score in the quarterfinals.

Both Lamar players went 1-2 in singles competition, with Lis defeating Guillermo de Vilchez of Wichita State in the first round of consolation play, while Feucht defeated Texas Tech’s Evan Nix in the first round of the consolations.

“This was a good experience for Nikita and Michael,” said head coach Scott Shankles. “It gave them the opportunity to play against some quality opponents. Overall, I was happy with their performance.”

The Cardinals return to action Friday, Sept. 19, for the first of three days of competition at the Rice Fall Invitational in Houston.

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