Falcon football starts strong then falters to Cardinals

Quarterback Caden Coots lead the offense to 6-points to put the Falcons over the Cardinals early in the game that ended in disappointment.

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Quarterback Caden Coots lead the offense to 6-points to put the Falcons over the Cardinals early in the game that ended in disappointment.

Aden Kosacz, Sportswriter

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The Falcons traveled 580 miles to Beaumont, Texas to take on the Division-1 Lamar University Cardinals.

UTPB kicked off to start the game. The first drive, the defense shut down the Cardinals to force

a punt, which helped the offense start strong.

Caden Coots recorded his second start at quarterback this season. He led the offense to 6-points to put the Falcons over the Cardinals early in the game.

Coots threw a huge pass to Jake Anglin, to set up the offense in the red zone, late in the first quarter. The very next play, Coots walked into the end zone untouched for the team’s only points.

By the end of the first quarter, the Falcons were down by only 4-points; 10-6.

The defense had a tough time slowing down the Cardinal offense, allowing 11 first downs in the first quarter.

Lamar’s quarterback broke down the Falcon defense. The defense felt fatigue early on as the Cardinals marched. By halftime, the Falcons were down 37-6.

The first defensive drive after halftime held a glimmer of hope as they were able to knock the ball free to recover a fumble while defending in the red zone. Unfortunately, the Falcon offense was not able to capitalize.

The offense struggled in the second half. They were hurt by penalties and mental mistakes.

Many second and third string players were able to see the field as the game trudged on.

When the fourth quarter hit, the Falcons were drained. They had suffered a beating from the Division-1 Cardinals.

Although this is the toughest team the Falcons will see this season, they headed home with some bruises, areas to improve, and their eyes on the next game.

It is hard to judge a team who plays a division up from themselves. It was the most physical and athletic team that they have seen yet. It will help get the athletes in a tougher mindset as they head towards conference play.

In the end, the Falcons lost 72-6.

The UTPB Falcons have another away game next week as they travel to Canyon, Texas, to take on the West Texas A&M Buffaloes.

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