McNeese: Lamar Coming Saturday With a Chip On Their Shoulders
From the McNeese Cowboys point of view, it's likely merely the 11th and final game of the season and the last Cowboy home game for 2018.
But for the Lamar Cardinals coming into Saturdays 3 pm game on a five-game win streak in the Southland Conference not only want to beat our 'Boy's but reignite the Sabine River Rivalry which has diminished over the years as the Beaumont university dropped, then re-started their football program over the past two decades.
Lamar's one win over McNeese since 2010 was a 27-24 win over the Cowboys in '14 who started the game with their fourth-string quarterback. Incredibly McNeese has been flip-flopping quarterbacks this year as well, and Cowboys Coach Guidry has named James Tabary as this weeks Cowboy QB.
Though the series is a natural geographical rivalry with barely 50 linear miles and a state border between the two Southland Conference schools, the fire just hasn't been there in recent memory, but Lamar's head coach Mike Schultz indicated he wants the rivalry to rev up again and brings his 6-4, 5-3 team into Lake Charles Saturday to attempt to do just that.
The Cowboys this year sit at 6-4 and 5-3 in conference as well, at the very least fans can expect a competitive atmosphere with the Cardinals 5 game win streak against the Cowboys, recovering from a two-game slide.
With the schools sitting on identical records if it were a two-team conference you could say this was actually for the championship and the Sabine River Trophy. Maybe we need to get together and buy a giant trophy, shaped like a kayak or pirough to award the winner of this game each year.
Kickoff is at 3 pm on Saturday, 17 November at Cowboy Stadium. The weatherman says it'll be a beautiful day for an afternoon game with a high around 70° and plenty of sunshine. The big question is which team will rain on the others season parade.