By Walter GeigerThe Lamar County Trojans open the 2014 football season here Friday night when they play host to the Howard Huskies. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Trojan Field.The Trojans were ranked #10 in the preseason Class AA poll published by the Atlanta Journal Constitution Monday. MaxPreps has installed the Trojans as a whopping 41-point favorite in the game.The Huskies were 2-8 last season, their first with Barney Hester as head coach. Hester is a veteran of the sidelines and has enjoyed success wherever he has been.’Coach Hester has won a bunch of games throughout his career and Howard is definitely a team on the rise. They are a very talented team and we won’t be taking them lightly,’ Trojan head coach Jamie Abrams said.The Trojans tuned up for the opener by hosting Spalding High Aug. 14 for a scrimmage which they won 26-19.The Trojans started fast with Noah Eure getting a four-yard TD run after Lamar recovered a botched snap on a Jag punt. Dawson Davis added the PAT to make it 7-0.Lamar went up 13-0 when L.J. Smith fired a 10-yard touchdown strike to freshman Rondez Fletcher. The PAT failed.Spalding cut it to 20-6 on a 15-yard TD pass. The PAT attempt was halted when Noah Hood broke up a pass. Fletcher scored again on a four-yard run. Chandler Francis’ PAT made it 20-6.On the last drive by their varsity, Spalding added another TD but failed on the PAT and Lamar led 20-12.On the Lamar JV’s second snap, Jaylund Harris scored on a 70yard TD run. The PAT was good. and Lamar led 26-12. Spalding got another score and converted a PAT to cut it to 26-19. The JAGS mounted a late drive for the win but the game ended on a fine tackle by Trojan Michael Tenney.Eure led the Trojans with 57 yards and one TD on 11 carries. He also had one catch for 10 yards. Fletcher had five carries for 14 yards and one catch for 10 yards and another TD.Other rushers were Akeem Colquitt (3-9), Marcus Fuller (7-19) and Alondrick Cole (3-17).Quarterback L.J. Smith ended up with four carries for three yards. He completed three of seven passes for 28 yards. Other receivers were Micah Banks (1-5) and Malik Collier (1-13). No stats were available for the JV team.
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