The McDonald’s Team of the Week made a statement last Friday with a 28-12 win at Cedarville. Now Lamar can make the statement of the year by beating No. 2 Charleston and knocking them off the pedestal that people have put them on. It’ll also be the Football Friday Night Game of the Week.
“It’s a game everyone circled on the schedule all year,” said Lamar junior linebacker Eric James. “We expect a lot of people to be at this game.”
“The whole town will show up,” said senior lineman Tever Hogrefe. “It’s really a big deal. The stands will be packed, everyone around the field.”
“Charleston is a rivalry game around here,” said senior wide receiver Jalen Chenault. “Everyone is going to be here. It’s just a big game.”
Both teams are undefeated. A conference championship will be on the line, and Lamar goes in the underdog. But their head coach, Josh Jones, has won big games before, including a state title with Magazine in 2010.
“We try to teach these kids that if things go bad you have to work hard to turn it around,” said Josh Jones.
“He’s put it in our head that he’s a winner and he can make us into winners,” said senior running back Ryan Jones. “We’ve come a long way and we’re ready for this. We’re more than ready.”
Friday night, Lamar can shock the entire 3A landscape. Charleston is supposed to be the going away winner of the 3A-4. The reason; Arkansas quarterback commit Ty Storey. He lights up every opponent he plays.
“We got to get good penetration, the defensive tackles,” said James.
“We got to get in the backfield and get in the pocket,” said Hogrefe
“One guy can’t take it down,” said Ryan Jones But if we play as a unit we’ll be able to win the game.”