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Football faces Lamar on the road

September 30, 2017

After a hefty loss against Southland Conference opponent Sam Houston State University last weekend, the Colonels will hit the road again to compete with Lamar University this Saturday in Beaumont, Texas.

In the all-time series between Nicholls and Lamar, the Cardinals hold a 6-3 lead over the Colonels. Since the arrival of head coach Tim Rebowe and staff in 2015, the Colonels have been victorious against this Southland opponent the past two seasons. Last year, Lamar was blown out of John L. Guidry Stadium in a dominant 35-10 Colonel victory. The previous year, the Colonels took hold of a 30-28 win in Beaumont.

Lamar comes into the matchup with a 1-3 overall record and an 0-2 mark in the Southland Conference.

The Colonels sit with an overall 2-2 record and a 1-1 Conference mark.

Although the Colonels struggled against third ranked Sam Houston last weekend and fell out of the FCS top 25, they are still receiving votes in both FCS Top 25 Polls. They received 25 votes in the Coaches Poll placing them at number 28, and received 30 votes from the STATS Poll.

With the Colonels itching to bounce back this weekend vs. Lamar, sophomore quarterback Chase
Fourcade said the team’s mentality at practice has a lot to do with earning a winning result.

“I think at practice this week we needed to come out with a better mentality because that’s where it starts,” Fourcade said. “It sure showed last week with the result that we had a terrible week at practice but I think overall, we’ve been progressing each and every day and that’s what it’s going to take to get a win on Saturday.”

While winning is always one of the team’s main goals, Fourcade said being able to overcome obstacles and learn from losses as a team is an important aspect of the game that will carry them far in the future.

“I think getting beat bad by a good Sam Houston team definitely made us come closer and makes us want to get better as individuals,” Fourcade said. “I think that plays a big part in our success down the road, is going over the humps and the obstacles that we have to overcome. It’s going to better us as a team.”
A win over Lamar would mark the 10th SLC victory since the addition of Coach Rebowe and staff in 2015.Prior to the Rebowe era, the Colonels had only nine victories against SLC opponents in the previousseven seasons.

Video stream of the game will be available on EPSN3 and audio stream will be on 100.3 FM KLRZ. Kickoff at Provost Humphrey Stadium in Beaumont is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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