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Morse, Robinson throw TDs, but Cards stunned on homecoming

Huskies 24, Cardinals 17

Houston Bapt.            7          0          10       7          —        24

Lamar                         7          3          0          7          —        17


First quarter

HBU — B.J. Kelly 3 run (Alec Chadwick kick), 12:53

Lamar — Zae Giles 6 pass from Case Robinson (Juan Carranco kick), 7:08

Second quarter

Lamar — Carranco 26 field goal, 2:03

Third quarter

HBU — Chadwick 33 field goal, 12:04

HBU — Mev Ajdin 31 pass from Tony Dawson (Chadwick kick), 5:21

Fourth quarter

HBU — Isaiah Hall 44 pass from Dawson (Chadwick kick), 12:09

Lamar — DeWan Thompson 8 pass from Adam Morse (Carranco kick), 7:57


HBU    Lamar

First downs    15       15

Rushes-yards 48-202           41-149

Passing yards            193     120

Total yards     395     269

Comp-Att-Int 9-24-0            14-26-0

Fumbles-lost  3-1      4-1

Penalties-yards         13-135           2-10

Possession time         30:15  29:45


RUSHING — HBU: Dawson 13-73, Kelly 13-58. Lamar: Krautz 21-114, Kendrick King 11-26.

PASSING — HBU: Dawson 9-24-0, 193. Lamar: Morse 7-14-0, 54. Robinson 7-12-0, 66.

RECEIVING — HBU: Wesley Lewis 3-39, David Racine 2-60, Hall 2-49. Lamar: Thompson 7-67, Michael Handy 2-27, Giles 2-17.

BEAUMONT — At Lamar, the future is now.

While it looks good, the present is anything but.

Junior quarterback Andrew Allen went down with a season-ending collarbone break and true freshman walk-on Case Robinson was “beaten up” in his season debut Saturday night, prompting the Cardinals to lift the redshirt from 2015 Port Neches-Groves graduate Adam Morse in the fourth quarter. Morse engineered a touchdown drive on his first series but came up short in the red zone on his second possession, and Houston Baptist earned a signature win in its young football history with a 24-17 victory before a homecoming crowd of 7,777 inside Provost Umphrey Stadium.

It’s the second straight homecoming loss for the Cardinals, who were stunned by a one-win Nicholls State team last year. Lamar (3-5, 3-3 Southland) visits Nicholls on Thursday and must win its remaining three games to salvage only the second winning record in coach Ray Woodard’s seven seasons.

Morse completed 7 of 14 passes for 54 yards and an 8-yard touchdown pass to DeWan Thompson with 7:57 left. Houston Baptist (3-5, 2-4), playing only its third full season of football, earned a pair of first downs on its next drive and milked more than 4 minutes off the clock before punting to the Cardinals with 3:31 left.

Thompson, who had seven catches for 67 yards, caught three passes from Morse on their final drive and gained a first down. Morse went incomplete on his next five attempts, but the Huskies drew two pass interference flags to extend the drive.

HBU declined an illegal touching call against Lamar when Port Arthur Memorial alumnus Trenton Swinton came back inbounds to catch a pass, and another attempt sailed through Thompson’s hands. Thompson pulled down a 3-yard catch to set up fourth-and-7 from the Huskies 16, but he was well covered down the middle by Chris Hardeman, who batted down the pass with 1:45 left.

Two weeks earlier, Lamar recovered an onside kick after a touchdown against Northwestern State and capitalized with senior Carson Earp’s 22-yard scoring pass to Thompson with 6 seconds left on fourth-and-20.

Since then, Earp sustained a season-ending shoulder injury at Central Arkansas, and Allen went down on the game’s first drive as he was sacked and fumbled the ball deep in his own territory.

Lamar had only Robinson and Morse available at QB after Allen went down. Miami transfer Clayton Turner moved to wide receiver during preseason camp, sophomore Brett Cox was ruled academically ineligible and junior backup Blake McKenzie suffered a season-ending knee injury in practice three weeks ago.

Robinson, of Crockett, completed his first three passes, one of which went to Zae Giles from 6 yards out to even the score at 7-7. Robinson went 7 for 12 for 66 yards, but hardly chucked the long ball in his debut.

Lamar’s Omar Tebo blocked a 34-yard field goal attempt from Alec Chadwick early in the second quarter. The Cardinals went ahead on a 26-yard Juan Carranco field goal try with 2:03 left before the half.

HBU tied the game at 10-10 on Chadwick’s 33-yard try and went ahead 24-10 thanks to Tony Dawson’s touchdown passes to Mev Ajdin (31 yards) and Isaiah Hall (44). Dawson, however, wasn’t entirely accurate, going 9 for 24 for 193 yards, but led the team with 73 yards on 16 carries.

Robinson was slow to get up after a fourth-and-5 pass to DeAndre Jennings went for minus-13 yards. Woodard said he pulled out Robinson because he was “beaten up” and the staff needed to see Morse play.

Robinson walked off the field under his own power and is expected to be available for the Nicholls State game.

Dawson fumbled on the very next play, giving the Cardinals life with Morse taking over.

Lamar receiver Martell Hawthorne missed the HBU game with a concussion.

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About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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