Lancaster Leads Maroon To Victory Over Gold
You couldn't have asked for worse conditions to play a spring game in but the Louisiana Warhawks made the most of it. Fighting gusting winds and sheets of rain, the ULM Maroon team defeated the Gold team 38-35 in front of roughly 700 faithful Warhawk fans.
The new format this year would have the starters on one team and the second and third teams on another. To keep things fair, the 2nd and 3rd teams will be spotted a touchdown to start each quarter. Despite the pouring rain the maroon team didn't take long to set the tone early.
Starting quarterback Kinsmon Lancaster dropped back and found one of his favorite targets from last season Zeek Zacharie. The Junior to be Tight End reeled in the 38 yard strike for the touchdown tying the game at 7. It would be the first of two touchdown passes on the day for Lancaster with no interceptions. Just before the half Lancaster hooked up with 6'3 Junior LaGregory Sapp for the 14 yard score.
QB Trey Revell completing a pass downfield.
Like he has done all spring hard running back Frank Goodin had another solid day. The red shirt freshman ran the ball 10 times for 77 yards and scored 2 touchdowns with one fumble lost. The coaching staff did not allow starting running back Calvin Dawson to participate due to the bad conditions.
Goodin had several nice runs juking his way for extra yardage or lowering his shoulder and running through defenders. Turning in an impressive day as well was fellow RS freshman running back Tay Ogletree. Tay ran the ball only 5 times but picked up 90 yards in the process. 82 of those came on one electrifying run where Ogletree bounced it outside and outran everyone for the long touchdown.
While Kinsmon Lancaster had a good day passing the ball, back up Trey Revell struggled to find his receivers in the rain. Revell completed 6 passes on 17 attempts for 32 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. He didn't get much help from his WR's as they struggled trying to catch the wet pigskin.
CB Darrius Battles
With one LB spot secured with returning sophomore Cardia Jackson, one still remains as returnees Jeremy Moll, Matthew Freeman, and Josh Thomas battled for that spot. Freeman recorded 5 tackles with one for a loss and nearly ran down speedy Tay Ogletree on his long 82 yard run. Josh Thomas recorded 4 tackles and helped his cause with an interception he returned for 11 yards.
Also stepping up were returnees CB Darrius Battles, and returning leading tackler Josh Thompson. Both will be asked to step us this season and make plays like they are capable of doing. Battles picked off a Beau Ferguson offering and added 4 solo tackles while Thompson was also in on several tackles.
CB Josh Thompson
The biggest surprise on the day came from walk-on freshman qb Al Lewis. Lewis has been getting some reps with the 3rd team and a few reps in previous spring scrimmages. The maroon team gambled and blitzed the house leaving little Lewis to scramble for his life. The scramble didn't stop until he had picked up 52 yards and left several defenders looking for their shorts. The offensive side of the field as well as the fans stood up and cheered the exciting play.
One play later Lewis capped the 2 play drive when he threw a perfect pass to the back of the end zone to Guy Smith for the 21 yard touchdown. Starting db Josh Thompson was defending on the play and the offensive side of the field let him hear about it afterwards.
The two teams combined for 287 yards rushing on 38 carries with 187 of those coming for the maroon team. Passing the ball the teams combined to throw for 373 yards on 26/49 completion/attempts. Despite the terrible conditions the teams combined for 660 total yards of offense and more importantly suffered no injuries. Kinsmon Lancaster completed 12/21 passes for 191 yards and 2 scores and picked up 17 yards rushing.
QB Kinsmon Lancaster
It was fitting that the last game played in Malone stadium was played in the rain as was the first game ever played in Malone stadium. Back in 1978 the then NLU Indians faced and defeated the Arkansas State Indians 20-13 in the rain. The Warhawks will now take time off until summer workouts begin and prepare for their nationally televised ESPN2 season opener vs Tulsa on August 30th.
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