BEAUMONT, Texas (Lamar Athletics) – The White team dominated the Red team Saturday afternoon in the annual Crawfish Bowl posting a 50-18 victory. The highlight of the spring every season, the 2014 version of the 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 side 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 has been impressive throughout the spring with accurate passing. Nothing changed Saturday as he completed 62 percent of his passes for 123 yards and three touchdowns. The 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 the score. 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."
The Cardinals did a good job of spreading the ball around connecting with numerous receivers on the day lead by Gratian Gladney's 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," added Woodard.
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