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Lamar set to defend Class A football title as playoffs begin

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Lamar – Having completed the regular season portion of their schedule with an 8-1 record, the Lamar High Silver Foxes are now focused on defending their Class A state football championship.

The Class A state playoffs begin on November 9th and Lamar, as region 3-A champions, have a first-round bye in the bracket. Lamar last played a game on October 26th so will have two weeks off before taking on the winner of McCormick and Williston-Elko, who play their first-round game on November 9.

Lamar is one of three number one seeds in the Upper State bracket, along with Dixie and Wagener-Salley. Lamar would have home field advantage for the second and third round games but would have to travel to Dixie if both teams advance to the Upper State finals.

Lamar had only one stumble during the regular season, a 38-12 loss to AA Gray Collegiate back on September 28th. The Silver Foxes rebounded nicely with wins over Timmonsville, Great Falls and McBee, out-scoring the three region opponents, 142-15.

Lamar’s non-region regular season victories came against Hemingway (69-7), Central (28-0), Darlington (26-0), North Central (33-7) and Lake View (27-6).

The Silver Foxes are averaging 36.8 points per game this season while allowing just eight points per contest.

Offensively, running back Jacquez Lucas has not been 100 percent healthy but has managed 696 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. Sophomore Cam Galloway, a first-year starter at quarterback, has added nearly 400 yards rushing and has accounted for seven touchdowns.

Malik Johnson has become one of the team’s most productive and versatile players this season. Offensively, Johnson has 342 receiving yards and five touchdowns while adding 438 rushing yards and seven scores. As a starter in the defensive secondary, Johnson has five pass breakups and five interceptions.

Another solid two-way performer is Patrick Anderson, who has scored five rushing touchdowns while racking up 37 tackles, 8.5 sacks and nine tackles for loss along the defensive front.

Zack Bailey has been Lamar’s leading tackler with 66 total hits while linebacker Kegan Sparks has 52 tackles, six for loss and 4.5 sacks. Jordan Green has 30 tackles and JJ Langely has been in on 24 total tackles.

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