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Lamar High School

Lamar’s Fountain proving you can go home again

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Lamar – In a small town of maybe 1,000 people, the high school football program at Lamar High School is a pretty big deal.

The town funnels to football games on Friday nights, throwing all of their love and adoration to the mighty Silver Foxes. And things have been pretty good of late.

Lamar won three consecutive state championships from 2002-04 under former coach J.R. Boyd. The Silver Foxes also reached the state finals in 2000 and 2001. Boyd left to become head coach at Laurens in 2005 and stayed two seasons. He returned as Lamar’s head coach in 2009 and retired from coaching after the 2013 season with more than 200 career wins.

When Boyd stepped down, the logical replacement at the top was assistant Corey Fountain. Fountain played for Boyd in the late 1990’s before heading off to North Greenville University. He returned to Lamar as an assistant under Boyd.

Coaching football in a successful program in your hometown can be quite a challenge. Any slip ups and fans start looking for the next guy.

Fortunately, for Fountain, there have been no slip ups. In fact, Lamar’s program is as strong as ever, coming off the 2017 class A state championship. The Silver Foxes beat Baptist Hill, 74-46, in the finals, setting a state championship game scoring record and totaling 722 yards.

Fountain addressed his job as head coach in his hometown prior to and after the state championship game last December.

“This community loves their football, loves this football program, and they will always be there to support these guys,” Fountain said. “Our players want to perform, they want to win for this community. It’s not really pressure for me. The pressure for me is just making sure our team is ready and plays the best they can play.”

Lamar has played in the state championship game in each of the last three years, winning in 2015 and losing to Lake View in 2016, their only loss of the season. The Silver Foxes are 47-8 in Fountain’s first four seasons at the helm and 2018 looks like another title contending year.

 

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