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Southern Sports & Travel
The Lamar Raiders took their 2-0 record and #5 Class AA ranking into Louisville on a soggy and humid Friday night and earned a tough fought 55-27 win over the Winston Patriots.
Senior tailback Corey Skinner continued his quick start to the 2012 season with a 219 yard rushing performance that included two touchdowns behind a make-shift offensive line that has been ravished by injuries this season.
"We started four sophomores and a senior who had never started before on our line against Winston," said Lamar head coach Mac Barnes. "We had some guys out and we were pretty thin."
Lamar took an early 6-0 lead on Corey Skinner's 3 yard plunge with 8:51 remaining in the opening quarter but Winston answered quickly and tied the game at 6-6 on an Orien Dailey 58 yard dash one minute later.
Lamar capped a wild opening five minutes of the game with a Lee Martin 81 yard kickoff return to regain the lead at 13-6 just seconds after Winston had knotted the contest at 6-6. Winston finished the quarter on Zach Taylor's 3 yard touchdown run with 25 seconds remaining and followed that up with a successful 2-point conversion to take a 14-13 lead into the second quarter.
Lamar fired back with a strong second quarter as senior quarterback Barrett Dudley connected with Corey Skinner for a 40 yard touchdown strike at the 8:44 mark and the Raiders extended that lead to 21-14 following a successful 2-point conversion.
The Raiders increased the margin to 27-14 on a Chase Davis 8 yard reverse with 4:43 left in the half.
Winston got back into the game less than two minutes into the second half when Logan Webb hit Taylor Moody with a 23 yard pass to trim the deficit to 27-21 but Lamar was about to explode.
Lee Martin scored from 6 yards out and Corey Skinner added an 8 yard burst to give the Raiders a 41-21 cushion to close out the third quarter.
Lamar quarterback Barrett Dudley's 17 yard run with 5:09 remaining in the game pushed the lead to 48-21 and sealed the win. "It was a battle against Winston, they really took it to us," said Mac Barnes who is in his 12th season at Lamar. "We've had a rash of injuries and wound up playing guys Friday night that we hadn't worked with on defense and on top of that it's been a really chaotic week, we didn't even practice Thursday. Our skill players did well and that was the difference in the game."
Lamar racked up 329 yards rushing on the night and for Barnes that's not a stat that most of his past Raider squads have been known for. "When they're healthy this is the best offensive line that we've had in a long time, we average around 250 lbs," said Barnes. "We have only thrown the football 39 times this season and I can't remember that ever happening while I've been here."
Barnes says he's pleased with his team three games into the season and thrilled with the production of his senior quarterback Barrett Dudley and senior tailback Corey Skinner. Dudley was 6/11 for 147 yards and a touchdown passing and rushed for 76 yards and a score. "Barrett played free safety and was our backup quarterback last season," said Barnes. "I feel really good about him."
Lamar will look to improve to 4-0 next Friday night when they host much improving Central Hinds who shocked Class AAA Copiah 13-7 behind 257 yards rushing from tailback Bryan King. "Central Hinds has a big offensive line and a good running back," said Barnes. "Mitch Mitchell is an excellent coach and it will be a challenge for us."
Southern Sports & Travel
August 27, 2012
Dailey rushed for 108 yards on 12 carries and 3 touchdowns and was 6/9 passing for 93 yards in the Patriot's 28-10 win over Magnolia Heights in week one.
August 25, 2012
Southern Sports & Travel
The past four meetings between Parklane and Oak Forest have been must see football with the two squads splitting those games by a combined 9 points. On Friday night the Parklane Pioneers made the 40 mile trek south on I-55 to Amite to battle an Oak Forest team coming off an impressive season opening win on the road against Class AAA Copiah.
Lea, a 5’11” 175 lb. junior, completed 6 of 8 passes for 108 yards and rushed for 126 yards on 15 carries and 2 touchdowns in helping Parklane start the 2012 season at 2-0 heading into next week’s huge showdown at Centreville.
Parklane went to work on their opening offensive possession and quickly threatened to take an early lead. Brady Lea’s 13 yard hook-up with Zach Stutzman at the Yellow Jacket 9 yard line set the Pioneers up with an opportunity to complete the six play drive with a score but a first and goal fumble was recovered by Oak Forest defensive lineman Daniel Henderson at the Jacket 18 yard line four minutes into the game to halt the Pioneer drive.
Oak Forest seemed eager to capitalize on the Parklane turnover but after collecting two first downs the Jackets stalled on their own 48 yard line and were forced to punt.
Parklane took over at the Pioneer 31 yard line following an Austin Lee 21 yard punt and began winning the battle in the trenches.
The Pioneers capped a seven play, 69 yard drive on the first play of the second quarter as senior tailback Taylor Burt took an option pitch from Brady Lea and scampered 13 yards seven seconds into the quarter for the first score of the night. Zack McDaniel’s PAT gave Parklane a 7-0 edge at the 11:53 mark of the quarter.
McDaniel’s pooch kick set Oak Forest up at their own 43 yard line but the Jackets managed just one yard on the possession and would quickly give the football back to a Parklane offense that was getting primed as the game wore on.
Brady Lea connected with wide-out Justin Brent for a 35 yard first down strike to the Oak Forest 41 yard line and that was followed by two Joseph Clark carries that advanced the football to the Jacket 29.
Four plays later Clark polished off the seven play, 76 yard drive with a 4 yard burst to give Parklane a 13-0 advantage with 7:45 remaining in the half.
The Oak Forest offense struggled to find holes in the Pioneer defense and compounded the issue with a fumbled snap that Parklane defensive lineman Tyler Stutzman recovered at the Oak Forest 23 yard line with just over three minutes left in the half.
Parklane quickly cashed in on a Brady Lea 20 yard bolt on second down with 2:36 left in the half to give the Pioneers a 19-0 cushion, one they would take into halftime.
Parklane would close the door midway through the third quarter.
Oak Forest relinquished prime field position at the Parklane 41 yard line when Pioneer linebacker Dylan Barnes recovered a fumble in the Yellow Jacket backfield at the 7:52 mark of the third quarter.
Parklane put the game out of reach as quarterback Brady Lea darted through the middle of the Oak Forest defense 53 yards on third down to extend the Pioneer lead to 25-0 with 6:07 left in the quarter. McDaniel’s PAT provided what would be the final score of 26-0.
With the win Parklane, under first year head coach Mike Powell, improves to 2-0 and will travel to Centreville next Friday to battle the Tigers. Parklane beat Centreville 21-6 last season in McComb and the Pioneers have won 8 of the past 9 meetings between the two.
Oak Forest falls to 1-1 and will make the trip to Decatur, Mississippi next week to take on a Newton Academy squad coming off a 12-0 win over Wayne.
August 20, 2012
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August 15, 2012
Adams Christian Head Coach David King
August 12, 2012
If River Oaks enters week four against Union Christian with a 1-2 record and healthy they could shock the world.
August 10, 2012
MRA 0 Adams 0
Copiah 13 River Oaks 6
Adams 12 Canton 7