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Trojans host ‘Canes in final scrimmage tonight

The Lamar County Trojans play host to the Monticello Hurricanes tonight at Trojan Field in their final tuneup scrimmage before regualar season play begins next week. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Lamar is coming off a 21-10 scrimmage loss to South Atlanta last week in which they were hampered by injuries. UPDATE: Lamar County won in a rout 35-0. Lamar was without starting center Michael Tenney who is nursing an ankle injury. That led to some misadventures with the shotgun snap early in the contest. Starting quarterback Malik Collier went down late in the first quarter when he tweaked a knee he hurt last season. Collier did not return and walked with a noticeable limp after the game. The Trojan offense struggled without him and the Trojan staff did not have an update on him this week. Collier hooked up with Jaylund Harris on a three-yard scoring strike for the Trojans’ only touchdown of the night at the 6:42 mark of the first period. Dawson Davis hit the PAT to make it 7-0. Just over four minutes later, South Atlanta’s quarterback scored on a three-yard run and the successful PAT knotted the contest at 7-7. The LC defense had a nice series in the second period when they stopped the Hornets inside the two. The visitors had a costly delay penalty and then LC got a stop right at the goal line on fourth down. Backup quarterback Jonah Stout came in to run the Trojan’s new spread attack. He made a nifty play in the end zone, escaping the rush and firing a strike to Harris to get a key first down but the drive stalled. On its next possession, South Atlanta struck deep and scored on a tip drill reception in the end zone from 30-yards out. Both an LC defender and the receiver touched the ball before the receiver caressed if for the touchdown. The PAT made it 14-7 with 2:22 left in the first half. Trojan head coach Bryan Love and offensive coordinator Terrone Owens did not back off but tried to score before the half. The LC offense mounted a drive but Stout threw a pick which a Hornet defender returned 67 yards for a TD. The PAT made it 21-7 with 51 seconds left in the first half. The third quarter saw both teams held scoreless. The JV squads played the fourth period and LC mounted a drive led by freshman quarterback Grayson Jett that got them in field goal range. With just under three minutes left in the game, Davis nailed a 24yard field goal to make it 21-10. ’Being that it was our first time facing another opponent, it was good to see where we are as a team and what we need to improve on,’ coach Love said. He was pleased with his team’s start as they got a three and out on defense and then scored on their first possession. ’We had some moments where we were not as focused as we needed to be in our eye discipline on our reads. Those moments led to some big plays for South Atlanta. The great thing is we have some film to show our players where our mistakes were and how to correct them moving forward. Offensively, we are getting a feel for who can do what well,’ Love added. Monticello is in its third year under coach Doug Huff who is in his second stint at the school. He is 18-43-0 for his career. The ‘˜Canes went 1-9 last year. Lamar routed them 34-7 in Monticello last October. ’Tonight’s scrimmage will give us another opportunity to evaluate ourselves. Hopefully we will see some improvement from one week to the next,’ Love concluded. The LCMS Trojans lost 16-6 to Henderson Middle School Saturday in a preseason scrimmage.

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