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Flath working Trojans; season starts Aug. 25

The high school football season gets underway in just over six weeks and new Trojan head coach John Flath is busy preparing his team for his inaugural season at the LC helm. Lamar opens regular season play August 25 when the Northeast Raiders visit Trojan Field. Flath was introduced here March 30 and hit the ground running. ‘Arriving after spring break afforded us the opportunity to become familiar with the upperclassmen. They are fine young men who found a way to win 21 games under three different staffs. That is a credit to them and the support of the community,’ Flath said. Flath has put together his staff which contains some holdovers, so familiar faces and some new blood. He retained Rondrikus Fletcher and Scott Hammock from the previous staff. Jeff Sloan is returning after a year at Jones County and David Strobel is making a return to coaching. ’These are men I heard many good things about and who have displayed a heart for their players and a strong desire to pursue excellence,’ Flath said. The new faces on the sidelines will include Ben Thrasher, James Hickenbotham and Adam Ballard. Thrasher has coached at Auburn and on the high school level at Camden County. Ballard has 10 years experience coaching in western North Carolina. Hickenbotham played professionally in Canada. ’I am very pleased with the staff. The priority in hiring coaches has been to find men whom I would be proud to have coach my own sons. My prayer has been that the Lord would bring the men he wanted here. He has been faithful to do that,’ Flath added. The team had 12 workouts in June and got back to work yesterday following the GHSA mandated dead period last week. Eleven more sessions are planned before preseason practice officially begins on July 25. ’We have had good turnout and solid effort in the weight room and during on field sessions. Our seniors are working toward a great final year. We will seek to honor their persistence and commitment. There is also a strong group of young players who are seeking to contribute,’ Flath said. During an eight-week period in September and October, LC will face seven teams which made the playoffs last year. Region opponent Heard County is led by quarterback Emory Jones who is committed to Ohio State. ’We have a great challenge ahead of us. We are excited. The young men and coaching staff alike are working daily in preparation for the journey,’ Flath concluded.

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