The Lamar Redskins got a solid performance on both sides of the ball and opened the 2011 football season with a dominating 58-14 win over the Clear Brook Wolverines at Delmar Stadium on Friday night.
Led by sophomore quarterback Darrell Colbert, who replaces departed senior and current University of Houston Cougar Bram Kohlhausen, the Lamar offense put up 495 total yards and eight touchdowns.
Colbert burst onto the Houston-area football scene over the summer when he led his Lamar Redskin 7-on-7 squad into the state championship game against DeSoto.
On Friday night, he continued to impress in the 11-man game, throwing for five touchdowns in three quarters of play and rushing for another.
In his first varsity start, Colbert finished the night 10-of-15 passing for 210 yards, and he rushed for 39 yards on five carries.
Equally impressive for Lamar was its defensive unit. In the first half, the Redskins forced four Clear Brook turnovers and set up their offense in good field position all game long. They also blocked a punt and a field goal attempt by the Wolverines.
Senior defensive back Daniel Lopez had three interceptions.
“It felt great, a good thing,” Lopez said afterward. “We worked hard and played the ball. It worked for us.”
Lamar struck first, capitalizing on Lopez’s first pick of the game. The Redskins traveled 38 yards in seven plays for the first touchdown of the night. Colbert completed a seven-yard pass to Jarvis Oaks for the score with 7:54 to go in the opening quarter.
Clear Brook would answer with an impressive nine-play, 77-yard drive that chewed up 4:16 off the clock. Junior quarterback Dominique Holmes, also starting his first varsity game at quarterback for the Wolverines, ran it in from seven yards out to tie the game at 7-7.
It would be the last significant drive for Clear Brook in the half.
Following a kickoff return by Carrington Thompson that set up Lamar at the Clear Brook 47, Colbert threw a 41-yard touchdown strike to Beau Wells on the second play of the drive to give the Redskins the lead for good.
Following a turnover, Lamar scored on the first play of the second quarter. Colbert found Thompson in the corner of the end zone from nine yards out to extend the lead to 21-7.
Max Peddie, who was 7-of-8 on extra point attempts, kicked a 29-yard field goal late in the second quarter and Colbert rushed for a 6-yard touchdown with two minutes to go before halftime to give Lamar a 31-7 halftime lead.
After Holmes found Kiernan Cupples open for a 38-yard touchdown pass on Clear Brook’s first possession of the second half, Colbert again connected with Wells for a 44-yard scoring play with 7:17 left in the third.
Colbert finished his night with a 71-yard strike to Thompson, their second touchdown connection of the game, to give Lamar a 45-14 lead heading to the fourth quarter.
Senior running back London Kirby led all rushers with 91 yards on ten carries. Lamar rolled up 288 team rushing yards in the game while their defense held Clear Brook to 206 total yards.
Offensively, Lamar was consistent. The Redskins scored two touchdowns in each quarter.
“Darrell was awesome tonight,” Lopez said of his teammate. “He stepped to the plate, did what he was supposed to do and we came out with a win. A big win at that.”
Lopez believed this game was a taste of things still to come this season for Lamar.
“We lost a lot of starters last year,” he said, “but we worked hard and we’ll play.”
Lamar moves on to face Elkins (0-1) at Mercer Stadium and Clear Brook travels to Moorhead Stadium to take on Conroe (0-1), both next Friday night.