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BEAUMOUNT, Texas - The number 16 Bethel University Wildcats opened the 2019 season Thursday in Beaumont, Texas facing the NCAA DI (FCS) Cardinals of Lamar University. Lamar led 41-13 at the half and …
BEAUMOUNT, Texas - The number 16 Bethel University Wildcats opened the 2019 season Thursday in Beaumont, Texas facing the NCAA DI (FCS) Cardinals of Lamar University. Lamar led 41-13 at the half and won 65-16.
After a Bethel three and out to begin the game the Cards started at midfield and promptly moved downfield with a six-play 50-yard drive to take a 6-0 lead. The score came on a 26-yard pass play from Jordan Hoy to Case Robinson. The PAT was good and Lamar led 7-0 at the 11:43 mark. The Wildcats then turned the ball over deep in their own territory on an Anthony Hughes fumble. It took Lamar only one play as Hoy hit Erik Pizarro on a seven-yard pass for a touchdown. After the PAT the Cardinals led 14-0 at the 11:26 mark. The Wildcats got on the board with 2:58 left in the first stanza on a Rodrigo Campos field goal attempt from 24 yards out. It capped a 13-play 70-yard drive. The big play of the drive was a 26-yard run by De’ Ontay Tate. The Cardinals outgained the Wildcats 136-50 in total yards in the first quarter and led 14-3.
Lamar scored four seconds into the second quarter to up their lead. They led 20-6 after the extra point attempt failed. The nine-play 75-yard drive was capped off by a Hoy eight-yard scoring run. The Wildcats fought back with an impressive eight-play 56-yard drive which resulted in a 38-yard field goal by Campos and cut the deficit to 20-6. Highlighting the drive was a Chris Arrambide 46 yard pass play to Davius Prather. Less than a minute later with 11:40 left in the second quarter, Hoy scored on a four-yard scamper and the LU lead was 27-6 after the three-play 52-yard drive. The Wildcats converted on an Arrambide 1-yard plunge to make it 27-13 with 8:03 remaining. The score was set up by a huge interception by sophomore Brandon Moore who picked off a Hoy pass at midfield and returned it to the Lamar two. After the Cardinals picked off an Arrambide pass, the home team capitalized with a 13-yard touchdown run by Myles Wanza and Bethel fell behind 34-13. After an Arrambide fumble, the Cardinals found themselves again deep in Bethel territory at the 20-yard line. A few plays later Hoy scored from three yards out and Lamar led 41-13. The Cardinals had a 323-139 advantage in total yards at the break. Both teams combined for five first-half turnovers.
Lamar wasted no time in the second half scoring on their first drive. A six-play 75-yard drive put them up 48-13. Derrion Randle scored on a six-yard run. After Bethel was unable to move the ball the Cardinals took over and scored again on a Hoy to Wanza 28-yard pass play capping off a five-play 55-yard drive. Lamar led 55-13 with 9:47 remaining in the third. With 1:18 left in the quarter, Lamar’s Bailey Giffen knocked in a 46-yard field goal to up the margin to 58-13. After fumble recoveries by Bethel’s Jeremy Johnson and Riley Wood, the Cats were able to score again on a Campos 22-yard field goal with 9:04 remaining in the game. With 6:55 left, Lamar’s Cole Starnes ran for a 35-yard score to give the Cards a 65-16 win. His run capped off a six-play 75-yard drive.
It was the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
The Cardinals finished with a dominating 658-197 advantage in total yards. They held Bethel to just 58 yards in the second half. Tate led Bethel with 66 yards on 15 rushing attempts. Prather had three receptions for 65 yards. Johnson and Devious Christmon led the Cats defensively with 11 total tackles each.
Bethel remains on the road traveling to Bluefield, Virginia next week to face Bluefield College. Kick-off is 5 p.m. CDT. It will be the fourth meeting between the two programs with Bethel holding a 3-0 advantage in the series. The Rams open their season Saturday at Faulkner.