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FOOTBALL: Lamar kicks off with banquet

Lamar kickoff banquet

The Lamar band kicks off the football kickoff banquet with music Sunday at the Montagne Center. (I.C. Murrell/The News)

Lamar offensive lineman Garrett Bowery appears on a jumbo screen as players are individually introduced during Sunday’s kickoff banquet at the Montagne Center. (I.C. Murrell/The News)

Lamar quarterback Adam Morse, of Groves, speaks with attendees at the Cardinals’ kickoff banquet Sunday at the Montagne Center. (I.C. Murrell/The News)

Lamar football players file into the Montagne Center for their kickoff banquet on Sunday. (I.C. Murrell/The News)

Lamar football players listen to Joe Washington Jr.’s keynote address during the kickoff banquet Sunday at the Montagne Center. (I.C. Murrell/The News)

Lamar’s pom squad enters the Montagne Center at the start of the football kickoff banquet Sunday at the Montagne Center. (I.C. Murrell/The News)

Lamar head coach Mike Schultz speaks during a “fireside” chat toward the end of the Cardinals’ football kickoff banquet Sunday at the Montagne Center. (I.C. Murrell/The News)

Lamar radio voice Harold Mann interviews head football coach Mike Schultz during the Cardinals’ kickoff banquet Sunday at the Montagne Center. (I.C. Murrell/The News)

Joe Washington Jr. keynotes Lamar’s football kickoff banquet Sunday at the Montagne Center. (I.C. Murrell/The News)

BEAUMONT — Sunday’s Lamar football kickoff banquet drew nearly 500 attendees to the Montagne Center.

The crowd got to hear a keynote address from Lincoln High graduate and NFL great Joe Washington Jr. Washington recalled looking forward to playing in Lamar’s stadium, now known as Provost Umphrey Stadium, while in high school because the UIL bi-district round game was played there annually. Although Lincoln won its district championship his senior season (1971), he did not get to play in the playoff game because he sustained a broken leg in Lincoln’s victory over Thomas Jefferson the week before.

Lamar will begin its ninth season since rebooting the football program at 6 p.m. Saturday taking on NAIA Kentucky Christian.

**CORRECTS Kentucky Christian’s athletic affiliation.** 

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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