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Lamar will appeal ‘lightning lies’ loss to MP

Trojan head coach Jamie Abrams will formally appeal last Friday’s game at Mary Persons which is recorded as a 29-27 loss for the Trojans who were about to attempt to a two-point PAT that would have tied the game when a lightning delay was called. The game, stopped with 1:53 left in the third quarter, was never restarted. ’I have never been a part of a game that ended in this fashion but I do feel that our fans and, more importantly, our players deserve better than to lose a game on a technicality. We are protesting the outcome and doing all within our power to make this right through GHSA. We are under a two-year contract with MP and they come to Barnesville next year. I don’t know if there will be any lightning but I am sure there will be plenty of thunder,’ Abrams said Monday. Abrams said MP’s principal ran onto the field at 9:35 p.m. to stop the game. PATs are an inalienable football right like three timeouts per half. Abrams and the LC administration want the game ruled a no contest as is done if games are called in the first half. Lamar is disputing MP’s lightning strike data, arguing it wrongly recorded a strike after 11 p.m. which resulted in invoking GHSA’s 11:30 curfew. Abrams provided data from Strikenet which shows no strikes within 15 miles of Dan Pitts Stadium from 10:50 to 11:30 p.m. Friday. ’We could have gotten the game in. We at least could have gotten the PAT try in. We had momentum. They were cramping up. As hard as our kids fight on the field, I could not live with myself if I didn’t fight for them off the field,’ Abrams concluded.

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