LU football beats UT-PB, 72-6, in home opener

LU defensive end Daniel Crosley, top, sacks the UT-PB quarterback during Lamar’s 72-6 win, Saturday, at Provost Umphrey Stadium. UP photo Matt Beadle

LU defensive end Daniel Crosley, top, sacks the UT-PB quarterback during Lamar’s 72-6 win, Saturday, at Provost Umphrey Stadium. UP photo Matt Beadle

After a long, hard two-weeks dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the Lamar football team returned home to Provost Umphrey Stadium, Saturday, to play the University of Texas-Permian Basin.

Lamar was hungry for a win and thrashed the Falcons 72-6, scoring the team’s most points since their 73-0 victory against Texas College in 2014.

“I’m so happy for the kids,” head coach Mike Schultz said. “The last two weeks have been very challenging for the staff, for the university, for the area, for Southeast Texas and for our players. What they’ve gone through and what they’ve overcome, and the challenges they’ve met.”

The win was Schultz’s first as head coach after the Cards dropped the season opener 59-14 at North Texas.

LU got off to a slow start as UT-PB led 6-3, scoring a touchdown after LU’s early field goal (they missed the extra point). The Cardinals did not score a touchdown until mid-way through the first quarter but then took over the game, to take a 37-6 half time lead.

The Cardinals took control of the game with their first touchdown, which came from an 18-yard pass from junior QB Darrel Colbert Jr. to tight end Jarod Wood. Freshman kicker Elvin Martinez completed the PAT to bring the game 10-6. Lamar never trailed again.

The next touchdown came 12 seconds into the second quarter. Colbert launched a 27-yard pass to Beaumont native Kendrick King. Martinez completed another kick to advance the Cards’ lead to 17-6.

Sophomore Case Robinson added a touchdown with a 3-yard pass from Colbert to bring the score to 24-6. On the Cardinals next possession, Colbert ran the ball himself for 27-yards. Martinez missed the PAT, bringing LU 30-6. With a minute and eight seconds left, senior Marcus Daggs grabbed the last touchdown of the half, catching a 15-yard pass. Martinez put away another kick to end the half at 37-6.

Kendrick King, above, breaks through the UT-Permian Basin offensive line for a touchdown. UP photo by Matt Beadle

A resilient LU defense kept UT-PB at bay. Sophomore defensive end Daniel Crosley walked off the field for half time with three total tackles and 2.5 sacks. His brother, freshman linebacker David Crosley had three tackles, and defensive end Dedrick Garner also had three.

The Cardinals did not relent in the second half of the game. The third quarter alone produced two more touchdowns including a seven-yard run by Colbert before he was replaced by senior QB Andrew Allen. Forty seconds before the clock ran out in the third quarter, Dorian Gaston received a nine-yard pass from Allen to finish the quarter 51-6.

Three more touchdowns in the fourth quarter brought Lamar to their final score of 72-6. Junior Brandon Dabney had a 60-yard interception return, and freshman Wanza Myles and sophomore Cole Starnes scored their first career touchdowns.

“We’ve got a special group of kids here, they keep pressing and keep playing and give a 100 percent,” Schultz said. “Hopefully, things will keep progressing and we will move forward with the program.”

LU will play their first Southland Conference game against Northwestern State in Natchitoches, La., Sept. 16, at 6 p.m.

Cassandra Jenkins, UP sports editor

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