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Monday, February 6, 2023

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The Other Side: Despite odds, Cardinals optimistic


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Senior running back Kade Harrington will be the driving force behind the Cardinals offense. | Matt Beadle/Courtesy of Lamar University Press

After opening the season at home, the Lamar University Cardinals are traveling west to battle the University of Houston Cougars in TDECU Stadium.

This will be the second game of the 2016-2017 football season for the Cardinals, and it is sure to bring in the crowd since the two schools have not played each other since Sept. 17, 1983.

Last week, Houston won by 10 points against the former No. 3 team in the nation, while Lamar suffered a 24-point loss to Coastal Carolina University, a school that is not ranked nationally. Though the odds favor the Cougars, LU’s optimism and perseverance show no sign of fading.

“We are going to continue to compete and continue to fix our mistakes,” Senior running back Kade Harrington said. “We just have to take advantage of opportunities when we get them.”

Lamar applied what they learned at last week’s game to the practices leading up to their game against the Cougars. If they want to be successful, the Cardinals know they will definitely have to look past last weekend’s stats for both teams when they step on the field Saturday.

“We have a chance to do something great,” Sophomore linebacker Cameron Hampton said, “And we haven’t even started the conference yet.”

The University of Houston will provide a tough outing for Lamar, as they prepare for the Southland Conference, which begins the following week.

Danielle Sonnier is a staff writer for the Lamar University Press.

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