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Lamar runs past Baptist Hill, 74-46, to claim Class A football title

In one of the more impressive state championship games in state history, the Lamar Silver Foxes rolled past Baptist Hill, 74-46, to claim the 2017 Class A state championship at Benedict College on December 1st.

The title was Lamar’s second in three years and sent the seniors out with 34 wins in their last 35 games. Lamar has won five state championships since 2002.

Lamar set a state championship game scoring record, breaking the former mark of 63 points, while the two teams combined for the most points ever in a state title game, breaking the old record of 67 points.

The Silver Foxes rushed for 597 yards, averaging 11.1 yards per carry, while finishing with 722 total yards.

Tyrik Herion rushed for 248 yards and scored twice while Jacquez Lucas added 221 yards rushing and five touchdowns. He also caught a 28-yard touchdown pass.

Baptist Hill quarterback Corey Fields passed for 335 yards and five touchdowns in his final game. Fields also rushed for 83 yards but was harassed by Lamar’s defense throughout the game.

“I think our coaches had a good game plan and we felt like we were going to be able to move the ball,” Lamar coach Corey Fountain said. “We tried to control the clock, run the ball. We had to make some adjustments defensively and did a good job in the second-half. We were able to keep them from scoring a few times and changed the momentum.”

Lamar grounded out 392 yards on the ground in the first half and totaled 517 yards in the first two quarters.

But, it was Baptist Hill who scored first as Fields directed a five-play, 49-yard drive and Jay Burnell scored on an eight-yard run for an early 8-0 lead.

Lamar needed only two plays to cover 91 yards as Lucas ripped off a 58-yard run to cut the lead to 8-6. After Lamar stopped the Bobcats on downs, Lucas went 37 yards to give the Silver Foxes a 14-8 lead with 7:59 to play in the first quarter.

Less that two minutes later, Fields connected with Richard Bailey on a 22-yard scoring pass to take a 16-14 lead but Lamar scored on a 42-yard pass from Rashard Coleman to Malik Johnson to move ahead, 22-16 with 5:08 remaining in the first quarter.

Fields tossed his second touchdown of the first quarter, hitting Burnell with a screen pass that resulted in a 47-yard touchdown, giving the Bobcats a 24-22 lead after the two-point conversion.

Lamar, however, put together four touchdown drives in the second quarter, including a pair of scoring runs by Lucas, to claim a 53-30 lead.

“Our kids didn’t panic and they stuck to the game plan,” Fountain said. “We kept working, never panicked, and it all worked out for us.

“I feel like our kids knew the process and everything stayed the same. It was a normal routine in our week and it helped being here last year and leaving with a bad taste in their mouth. They wanted this pretty bad.”

The third quarter was more of the same for the Lamar offense as the Silver Foxes opened the period with a touchdown drive as Lucas scored his fifth touchdown of the night, on a nine-yard run, for a 59-30 lead just two minutes in the period.

A bad snap resulted in a Baptist Hill turnover and Lamar made it hurt, scoring on a 36-yard, fourth down run to up the lead to 67-30. A score early in the fourth pushed the lead to 74-30.

Fields and Rashad Maxwell connected on a 68-yard touchdown strike with 7:05 left in the game, slicing the advantage to 74-38. Fields topped the 300-yard passing mark with the completion. Fields added another late score, a pass to Bailey for the final margin.

Maxwell finished the game with seven receptions for 176 yards while Bailey had six catches for 66 yards. Burnell tallied 72 yards on five grabs.

Baptist Hill was making its first-ever appearance in the state finals while Lamar was playing in the championship game for the third consecutive year, winning the title in 2015.

Baptist Hill also was the first Charleston County school to reach the state finals since Stall played in the 1991 Class AAA state championship game.

“With all that happened tonight, still so very proud of our season,” Baptist Hill coach Marion Brown said. “We had a great time this year. It was a great season. What we’re going to do, beginning Monday, is start getting ready for the 2018 season.”

© 2017 High School Sports Report

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