Football: Lamar, Bellaire to clash Friday
Bellaire vs. Lamar is considered one of the premier rivalries in District 20-5A, but not on the football field.
The Redskins have dominated the Cardinals over the years. But Bellaire head coach Trey Herrmann strongly believes Bellaire must find a way to beat Lamar to be considered a "true rival."
The Cardinals will get another shot at the Redskins when the two squads collide at 1 p.m. Saturday at Delmar Stadium. Both teams began the week unbeaten in league play, with Bellaire in excellent shape for its first postseason appearance since back-to-back trips in 2004 and 2005.
ABOUT THE GAME
Matchup: Bellaire Cardinals vs. Lamar Redskins
When: 1 p.m., Saturday
Where: Delmar Stadium
What’s at stake: Lamar has shown everyone why it was picked to win District 20-5A. Another win and Bellaire is playoff-bound.
Bellaire players to watch: TB Denzel Evans, TB Christian Dolphus, QB Denzel Johnson, WR Chisolm Ibeh, C Michael Abrams, OT Charles Sanders, OG Jeremy Johnson, DE Arnold Blackmon, LB Michael Holland, FS Khari Sharif, SS Devin Lauderdale, CB Melvin McAdams, CB Dequante Carter.
Lamar players to watch: QB Bram Kohlhausen, RB Darren Ervin, RB London Kirby, RB Steven Sannoh, TE Imhotep Coleman, WR Dillon Crossmon, OL Kourtlandt Akins, DE Alonzo Mitchell, DE Chima Uzowihie, LB Robert Sanchez, FS Earl Foster, K Ben Calder, P Berry Isensee.
Bellaire: Defense has been one of the reasons for Bellaire’s recent resurgence. Blackmon tallied eight tackles and three sacks in the Cardinals’ recent 24-14 victory against Westbury. Holland is another playmaker. Bellaire’ secondary, featuring Carter, Lauderdale, McAdams and Sharif, is among the best in District 20-5A. Offensively, the Cardinals rely heavily on the running back tandem of Evans and Dolphus.
Lamar: The Redskins overpowered Milby in a 56-0 rout. Lamar head coach Tom Nolen substituted liberally, with a number of players getting into the action. Eight different players scored touchdowns against the Buffaloes. Kohlhausen hasn’t put huge numbers, but he’s among the steadiest quarterbacks in the league. Coleman and Crossman are Kohlhausen’s favorite targets. The backfield is loaded, with Ervin, Kirby and Sannoh collectively getting the bulk of the carries. Defensively, Mitchell and Foster command the most attention. Lamar’s special teams are superior, both in the kicking and return games.
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