Lamar football team drops to 1-4 in SLC play
NATCHITOCHES, LA For just the second time this year, Lamar
University was unable to hold on to a halftime lead as Northwestern State
outscored the Cardinals 20-7 in the second half to claim a 37-28 Southland
Conference win Saturday at Turpin Stadium.
I liked where we were at halftime, but we were outplayed in the second half in
all three phases, said Lamar head coach Ray Woodard. We didnt do enough on
offense, defense or kicking game in the second half to win the game. Im very
disappointed. We had an opportunity to win a game and didnt do it.
I liked the way we came back in the first half and showed some resiliency. In
the third quarter, offensively, we didnt do enough to hardly get a first down
and defensively we gave up big plays. We have to do a better job all the way
Lamar, who snapped a three-game losing streak with last weeks 56-34 win over
Nicholls, lost for the second straight year in Natchitoches. The Cardinals
dropped to 4-6 overall and 1-4 in SLC play. Lamar returns home to host Stephen
F. Austin Saturday for a 6 p.m. kickoff at Provost-Umphrey Stadium.
Quarterback Caleb Berry continues to add to his record-setting season. He
completed 25-of-41 passes for 258 yards. His 25 completions gave him 231 for
the season, which ranks second all-time to Larry Haynes 233 (1979). He now has
323 career completions, which moves him into third place in school history. He
also moved into sixth place on the schools career total offense list with
3,600 total yards.
Reggie Beggleton led the Cardinals with nine receptions for 90 yards. Mark
Roberts added six grabs for 72 yards. Kade Harrington was Lamars leading
rusher with 72 yards on 17 carries and added a touchdown.
Trailing 21-17, NSU scored the only points of the third quarter. Daniel Taylor
scored on a 26-yard reception from Zach Adkins with 1:47 left in the third
quarter. Chris Moores extra-point was no good to give the Demons a 23-21 lead.
NSU (5-5, 2-3) scored to open the fourth quarter as Adkins hit Louis Hollier on
a 4-yard scoring strike to put the Demons up 30-21 with 14:50 remaining.
The Cardinals answered with a scoring drive of their own. Peyton Ploch scored
on a 1-yard run to cap a 15-play, 75-yard drive to pull with two points at
30-28 with 9:31 left in the game.
After the defense forced a NSU punt, the Cardinals offense took over at their
own 14 with 7:05 remaining. After moving the ball to the NSU 48, the
drive bogged down and Berry was sacked for a 3-yard loss on third-and-10 to
force a Lamar punt.
Trying to run out the clock, DeMard Llorens broke through the Cardinals
defense for a 55-yard touchdown run to extend the Demons lead to 37-28 with
1:16 left in the game.
NSU put up 461 yards of total offense, gaining 211 on the ground and 250
passing. Lamar was held to just five net yards of rushing and 258 yards passing
for 263 yards of total offense.
Adkins completed 26-of-35 passes for 250 yards with one touchdown and one
interception. Llorens led the team with 75 yards rushing on five attempts and
Atzenweiler added 65 yards on 14 carries and one TD. Hollier caught six passes
for 60 yards.
Lamar started the scoring on Tyrus McGlothens 65-yard interception return for
a touchdown at 8:36 remaining in the first quarter. That was McGlothens second
straight game with an interception return for a touchdown after taking one to
the house from 56-yards out in last weeks win over Nicholls.
NSU answered with an 8-yard touchdown run by Garrett Atzenweiler that capped an
11-play, 75-yard drive to tie the score at 7-7.
On the Cardinals ensuing possession, Berrys pass attempt was ruled behind the
line of scrimmage and therefore a fumble that NSUs Keland Johnson recovered at
the LU 35. The Demons wasted little time in scoring as Robert Walker scored on
an 18-yard run to give the Demons a 14-7 lead with 2:09 left in the first
The Cardinals tied the game at 14-14 on Kevin Johnsons 52-yard punt return for
a touchdown. It was Johnsons second punt return for a touchdown this season.
He returned a punt 48 yards for a score at Grambling on Sept. 28. The touchdown
also moved him into 10th place on the schools all-time career
scoring list with 102 points.
Following Berrys second fumble of the first half, the Demons drove all the way
to the LU 1, but the defense held NSU out of the end zone. Chris Moore hit a
19-yard field goal to give the Demons a 17-14 lead with 7:41 remaining in the
Lamar closed out the scoring in the first half on Harringtons 7-yard touchdown
run with 6:44 left in the half. The drive was set up by Johnsons 47-yard
kickoff return that set up the Cardinals at the NSU 46. Lamar took a 21-17 lead
into the locker room at halftime.
Highlights courtesy of Lamar Video.
Wednesday, April 23 2014, 10:23 AM CDT