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April 15, 2013

LU’s Crawfish Bowl caps spring football


The Port Arthur News

BEAUMONT — Lamar University will officially close its spring football practices Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. when the Cardinals battle for the Crawfish Bowl trophy at Provost Umphrey Stadium in the annual red-white game.

The game will feature four eight-minute quarters and will be open to the public with free admission. The teams were decided on Monday with defensive line coach Carey Bailey coaching the red squad and offensive line coach Chuck Langston coaching the white team.

Prior to the Crawfish Bowl, in conjunction with the A.T.O. Alumni Association, Lamar Athletics will be hosting a crawfish cookout. There are over a dozen teams signed up to cook crawfish and compete for the first ever Crawfish Bowl Cookout trophy.

Plates will be sold for $10 (cash only) at the game to sample and judge by the LU softball team with all proceeds benefiting their program. The cookout will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Dauphin Athletic Complex parking lot in front of Gate 2.

This will be the third annual Crawfish Bowl with the White team winning last year’s contest 7-0 as Ryan Mossakowski hit Zach Sonnier for a 13-yard touchdown in overtime. The first Crawfish Bowl went to the red team by a 21-17 score.

The Crawfish Bowl will serve as the cap to a successful 15-practice spring schedule. The Cardinals return eight offensive starters and seven defensive starters off last year’s 4-8 team. Lamar finished with a 4-2 record at Provost Umphrey Stadium in 2012.

“I expect to see a lot of energy Tuesday night,” said head coach Ray Woodard. “I think we have to come off the field feeling that we’re further along than we’ve ever been after the spring game. We’re an older team, a more experienced team so our expectations and our goals are higher.”

Prior to the last two Crawfish Bowls, the red and white coaches held a draft to determine the teams. This year, in order to keep complete units intact and work around injury issues, the teams were divided by position, but it will not be first team versus second team.

“You will not see the starting units on one team, but you will see complete units on one team,” said Woodard about the change this year. “We just felt like where we are now with our units, we’re further along now and we want to see those units play together. It will still be two teams competing for the trophy.”

Lamar’s 12-game season begins on Aug. 31 when Oklahoma Panhandle State pays a visit to Provost Umphrey Stadium. The Cards’ first Southland Conference home game will be Oct. 19 when Central Arkansas comes in for homecoming.