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Lamar High School

Lamar climbs back on top in Class A with 14-0 season and state title

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Lamar – No program has been more complete in Class A football over the last three years than Corey Fountain’s Lamar High program.

The Silver Foxes won a state title in 2015 and reached the finals a year ago before losing to Lake View. Lamar again reached the state championship game this fall and looked to cement itself as the elite program in Class A. Fountain says the loss last season made his players and fans understand that nothing is a given, regardless of how successful the past has been.

“Our guys have to realize that this isn’t always a given,” Fountain said. “Even though it may be expected from our community, you are not always promised the next football game or promised to win it every year. You have to rise to the challenge each week and have a sense of urgency each week for the task at hand.”

Lamar certainly had a sense of urgency in the Class A state title game against Baptist Hill. The Silver Foxes scored on their first 10 possessions of the game in posting a 74-46 win. The point total was the most in a state title game in South Carolina prep football history and the two teams combined to set a record as well.

“We were able to do the things we thought we could do, run the football and score touchdowns,” Fountain said. “We needed to score every time just about because of the way Baptist Hill was scoring. I think we were able to wear them down. It was a good game for the fans, that’s for sure.”

With the victory, Lamar has now won 35 of their last 36 games. The Silver Foxes amassed a total of 597 yards on the ground and 125 more through the air. Tyrik Herion rushed for 248 yards and two touchdowns while Jacquez Lucas had 221 yards rushing and scored five touchdowns.

For the season, Herion finished with 1,726 yards and 16 touchdowns while Lucas finished with 1,371 yards rushing and scored 18 touchdowns.

Lucas also was Lamar’s top receiver with 24 catches for 538 yards and eight touchdowns. Malik Johnson, who caught two touchdown passes in the title game, finished the season with 21 grabs for 505 yards and seven touchdowns.

Steady senior leader Rashard Coleman threw three touchdown passes in the title game to finish with 21 touchdown passes on the season. Coleman finished his season with 1,428 passing yards.

Defensively, David Cribb ended up as the team’s leading tackler with 112 total tackles. Jalen Langley added 85 tackles and Kegan Sparks tallied 70. Nicase Stevenson had 78 tackles and Mac McManus had 68 total hits.

 Malik Johnson had two interceptions in the title game and finished with five on the year, as did Cam Galloway, who also had a pick in the championship game.

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