PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

March 1, 2014

LU offense shines in spring game


The Port Arthur News

BEAUMONT —  The White team dominated the Red team Saturday afternoon in

Lamar University’s  annual Crawfish Bowl spring football game, posting a 50-18 victory.

This year’s Crawfish Bowl pitted the Lamar offense

(White) versus the Lamar defense (Red). The first-team offense squared off

against the first-team defense, and second-team offense against second-team

defense.

    The offense scored points in the normal fashion with the addition of

scoring two points for plays of longer than 20 yards, while the defense scored

points for turnovers (extra points in the turnover resulted in a score), stops

and three-and-outs.

    "The offense clearly had the upper hand today," said head coach Ray Woodard. "I

thought the defense won the day in the second scrimmage, but that has been the

way the spring has gone. It has been back-and-forth the whole time.

    “We showed our progress on both sides of the field. I'm pleased with the way our team has

improved to this point, but we are not there yet. We have a lot of things still

to work on."

    Senior to-be Caleb Berry completed 62 percent of his passes for

123 yards and three touchdowns. LU quarterbacks finished the day 11-of-18

(.611) for 164 yards and four touchdowns, with only one interception.

    The lone interception belonged to Xavier Bethany who finished the day with a

game-high six tackles. The pick in the end zone was one of two turnovers

returned for scores. Junior to-be Logan Moss added a sack and recovered a

fumbled which he returned 67 yards for ascore. Senior to-be Kevin Johnson

recorded a tackle and forced a fumble.

    “Defensively, we have a lot of question marks and that comes from guys just

not having played with one another for very long,” said Woodard. “But we

have progressed on that side of the ball. I’ve been very pleased with the

Michael Sheridan at cornerback, and I think Kevin Johnson is going to do a lot

of positive things for us.”

    Cardinal QBs did a good job of spreading the ball around.

Gratian Gladney had  two catches for 37

yards and a score. Junior to-be Jayce Nelson added one catch but it was for a

two-yard score. Lamar also got some quality production from its ground game

Saturday. The offense finished with 19 carries for 67 yards and a touchdown.

    “With so many starters back on offense, we knew what we had with those guys,

but Jayce Nelson and Dillon Barrett have really stepped up during the spring,”

said Woodard. “All three of our quarterbacks have played really well

throughout the spring.

    “I’m excited about these guys. We have a lot of work to do but I believe

this will be the best team we have fielded since bringing the program back.