The Lamar County Trojans overcame a horrid first half, in which their offensive and defensive lines were manhandled, to come back from a 13-0 deficit to tie the Howard Huskies 19-19 at Trojan Field Friday night.Lamar had only 39 yards of total offense in the first half of football of the Jamie Abrams era – a half he will, no doubt, not remember fondly.Coaches and fans knew going in that this team did not possess the overall team speed previous teams have had. Lamar went from backs with 4.3 quickness to 4.8 quickness and it was a glaring contrast.The LC offensive and defensive fronts were owned by the Huskies in the first half. The defensive front jelled in the second half but the offensive line struggled throughout the game. The fullback dive, key to the Trojan Wing-T attack, was never effective.Junior Noah Hood pounced on a muffed punt return by the Huskies early in the second half to trigger a burst of adrenaline by Lamar. Alas, the lack of a kicking game – and center line blocking for it – derailed hopes for a comeback win.Game balls from our perspective go to Hood, quarterback L.J. Smith, running back Noah Eure and defensive lineman Rashad Johnson, who just refused to be blocked.It should be noted that Franklin Stephens coaching tenure at Lamar also resulted in a tie.Lamar hosts Pike County next Friday in the Battle of Potato Creek and it will be a war.Realtime scoring from the game was provided by Walter Geiger.5:33 1st qtr.: Howard 7 Lamar 0: Courvoisier King 33- yd. TD run. PAT good.1:02 2nd qtr.: Howard 13-0: King 1-yd. TD run. PAT blocked by Rashad Johnson. The Trojan offensive and defensive lines are being manhandled by the Huskies.The Trojans had only 39 yards of total offense in the 1st half.7:28 3rd qtr. Howard 13-6. Marcus Fuller 2-yd. run. PAT fail due to bad snap. KEY PLAYS: Fumbled punt recovered by Noah Hood. Two big runs by Noah Eure.3:243rd. qtr. Lamar 13 Howard 13: Noah Eure 5-yd. TD run. PAT by Chandler Francis. KEY PLAY: 35-yd. run by quarterback LJ (Ballboy) Smith.8:38 4th qtr.: Howard 19 Lamar 13: Howard 8- yd. TD run. PAT blocked.5:28 4th Qtr.: Lamar 19 Howard 19: Eure 21-yd. TD run. PAT blocked.Lamar late drive stalled and a desperation FG attempt as time ran out failed. No overtime in a nonregion game.
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