, Port Arthur, Texas


February 22, 2014

Defense shines in LU football scrimmage

BEAUMONT —  The Lamar Cardinals ran approximately 60 plays in

Saturday’s scrimmage to close out the second week of spring camp. The

scrimmage highlighted the potential of Lamar’s young, inexperienced defense

which came through for several big plays.

    Facing an offense that returns the majority of its starters from a

record-setting 2013 campaign, the defense took center stage Saturday. The

Cardinals’ defense combined to record seven tackles for losses — including

four sacks — four pass break ups and two fumbles, one of which was returned 98

yard for a touchdown.

    “I was very proud of our defense today,” said head coach Ray Woodard. “We

have so many new faces on that side of the ball that we are going to see some

inconsistency until they get the experience. With so many pieces of the puzzle

returning on offense, I think we will go as far as our defense will take us.

    “These guys continue to get better with more reps and we, as a staff, are

hoping that will continue throughout the offseason and into 2014, so by the time

we get to conference our defense is a cohesive unit. We are hoping it will be

similar to last year where the offense struggled a bit early but really came on

down the stretch.”

    Lamar’s first team defense forced the first offense off the field after

surrendering just one first down, but it was the second-team offense that

recorded the first big play of the day. Sophomore-to-be Rex Dausin found Jayce

Nelson for a 68-yard completion for the touchdown. It was one of six receptions

the Port Neches native made on the day. He finished the scrimmage with six

catches for 107 yards.

    Following the scoring play, 2013 starting quarterback Caleb Berry guided the

offense down the field, mixing an effective run game while completing all three

of his pass attempts during the drive. Despite allowing the offense to move the

ball, the defense got the stop without surrendering a score.

    It was Berry’s next series on the field when the defense took center stage.

The defense forced the LU offense into the negative on five consecutive plays.

    Linebacker Mike Hargis got things started with the first sack of the scrimmage,

followed by Logan Moss knocking down a pass at the line of scrimmage. That was

followed by a Keith Curran sack and a deflected pass by Montez Hunter. The very

next play saw David Hollyfield breakup a Robert Mitchell pass attempt.

    Lamar’s signal callers finished the game19-of-30 (.633) for 258 yards and four

touchdowns. Dausin had his best outing of the spring completing 8-of-9 (.889)

passes for 148 yards and three touchdowns, while Berry was 9-of-15 for 73 yards

a score.

    Although redshirt freshman Robert Mitchell finished the day 2-of-6

(.333) passing, he was very effective carrying the ball four times for 61 yards

and a score.

    Lamar ran the ball 23 times for 146 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore-to-be

Emmitt Raleigh had nine carries for 37 yards, while transfer Carl Holmes six

rushes for 37 yards.

    Junior to-be Reggie Begelton hauled in only three catches on the day, but one of

them was a 12-yard TD pass from Berry. Junior-to-be Gratian Gladney added three

receptions for 68 yards and two scores.

    Hunter led the LU’s defense with five stops, while transfer Tylond Robertson

added for tackles. Moss recorded four tackles, including two sacks, and a pass

break up while Curran added four tackles and a sack. Junior-to-be Tommie Barrett

forced the fumble on the two-yard line that was recovered and returned 98 yards

for a score by Xavier Bethany.

    The Cardinals return to practice Monday with a 7 p.m. workout. The annual

Crawfish Bowl will be Saturday, March 1 at noon from Provost Umphrey Stadium.


Text Only
  • Trophy stab 1.jpg WEST COLUMN: Bum Phillips trophy an impressive piece of work

    There was lots of excitement around the Port Arthur News this week, with the long-awaited delivery of the magnificent Bum Phillips trophy that will be presented annually to the winner of the Nederland-Port Neches-Groves football game.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ned 13U Babe Ruth wins

    It was a much better day Saturday for the Nederland 13U Babe Ruth team compared to Friday.

    July 26, 2014

  • MOORE COLUMN: Flounder dream started in Bridge City

    The first flounder that grabbed my attention lived in what is now the Lower Neches Wildlife Management Area in Bridge City. 

    July 26, 2014

  • ESTRADA COLUMN: PED update /Key injuries with contrasting outcomes

    The results of Saturday night’s UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. Brown event were not available as of the time of this writing. It will be covered in a future column.

    July 26, 2014

  • TODORA COLUMN: Hermsen rattles racks in Monday Seniors League at Max Bowl

    Mondays Seniors League had some nice scores this past week. Rick Hermsen started with a 263, finished with a 270 and fit in a 212 in the middle for a nice 745.

    July 26, 2014

  • Nederland 13U Babe Ruth loses 9-0

    The Nederland 13U Babe Ruth team lost 9-0 Friday to Bryant.

    July 25, 2014

  • Bassmaster Elites are coming back

    The Bassmaster Elite Series returns to Southeast Texas in March 2015 to fish out of Orange.
    The announcement was made last week, ahead of Bassmaster’s official tournament schedule announcement and the buzz is already strong in Southeast Texas and beyond.
    I was in Orlando, Fla. attending the ICAST (fishing trade) show and talked with a number of top anglers including Kevin VanDam, Mike Iaconelli and Shaw Grigsby who said it was no surprise they would return considering the massive turnout for the weigh-ins and that the area welcomed them in a very special way.
    It’s far too early to speculate anything like who the top contenders will be or how the fishing will be but there are some things to keep in mind and to look for over the next few months and into the event itself.
    • Prefishing-There is a pre-fishing cutoff that usually extends to right before the Bassmaster Classic and I fully expect most of the anglers in the Elites to come back and prefish.
    Last go-round probably 2/3 of the field fished the area but this time I expect that to be just about everyone. Many of the anglers that did not pre-fish told me they expected to have a lot of water to fish but the sheer volume and diversity was almost overwhelming.
    Beginning probably in the early fall we will see many anglers fishing local waters to get a better idea on how to approach the area.
    • East to West Runs-The Elite anglers fished far and wide but I expect even more running next go-round. After launching from the Simmons Drive Boat Ramp in Orange angler Bill Lowen ran down the Intracoastal, across Galveston Bay and fished in the Clear Lake area and placed in the top 12. The more adventurous anglers will try super long runs, in my opinion, even longer than last time to try and score on big fish. The Intracoastal Canal system makes that possible.
    • Sabine River -Very few of the anglers actually fished in the Sabine River despite the event being called the “Sabine River Challenge”. I think that will change with more anglers running as far north as they can to find pockets of fish that receive little pressure and perhaps a four or five-pounder to push them over the top.
    • Bigger Turnout-Last year some 34,000 people attended the event which set a Bassmaster record for an Elite event.
     It was broken a couple of weeks later in New York but I fully expect the 2015 tournament to draw 40,000 plus. The reason they are coming back is not for the stellar fishing because while we have lots of bass, everyone knows our fishery cannot compare to Toledo Bend for example.
    The support from the public however was amazing and that is what is bringing the top anglers on the planet to fish our area.
    We will have the very best coverage of the event beginning now and leading up to it with exclusive interviews with all of the top pros with not only their thoughts on the big event but with unique tips on how you can catch more fish.
    It’s an exciting time and I look forward to bringing you special coverage on a special event.
    (To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on

    July 23, 2014

  • Mid County knocked out of tournament

    The Mid County 16-18 Babe Ruth squad’s run to the World Series is over.

    July 22, 2014

  • West golf notepad: West duo claims title in Texas Father-Son

    July 22, 2014

  • Mid County sets up championship series with Tri County

    The Southwest Regional Babe Ruth championship series is set and yes the hometown Mid County squad will be there to play.

    July 21, 2014

From the Fieldhouse blog