BEAUMONT — BEAUMONT, Texas - Freshman running back Kade Harrington carried the ball seven times for a career-high 143 yards and a touchdown, and added three catches for 26 yards and a score as Lamar rolled to a 53-0 victory over Bacone College (2-2) Saturday night at Provost Umphrey Stadium. The Cardinals (2-2) have now outscored opponents 128-0 in their two home games.
"It was kind of weird night to begin with because we didn't know what the weather was going to do," said Lamar head coach Ray Woodard. "I thought Bacone came to play tonight, and I was very impressed with their preparation. They had some success earlier, but Bill Bradley and our defensive staff adjusted well. Offensively we got things going, and we didn't allow an early turnover to affect us much. All in all, we got what we needed out of tonight."
Harrington led a ground attack that finished that night with 277 yards, and three touchdowns on 45 carries. Harrington was one of three Cardinals to record at least 57 yards on the ground. Freshman Emmitt Raleigh recorded a game-high 15 carries for 58 yards and a touchdown in the first game of his career. Junior Caleb Berry, who had a near flawless performance against Bacone, added 57 yards on nine carries.
"It was great to see Kade put up the numbers that he did in the first half," said Woodard. "Kade didn't practice much this past week, and he had a good night. I was also proud of the way that Emmitt Raleigh and Caleb Harmon played as well."
Lamar took the lead less than two minutes into the contest when Berry hooked up with sophomore Reggie Begelton from 20 yards out. Following a missed extra point the score would remain 6-0 almost the rest of the quarter, but the Cardinals would push their lead to 13 points with less than a minute remaining in the opening quarter. Berry recorded his second TD pass of the night when he found junior Mark Roberts from four yards out.