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Unbeaten MS Trojans trounce Clifton Ridge

In a battle of unbeaten middle school football teams, Lamar County and Clifton Ridge met at Trojan Field last week in what many thought might be a contest down to the wire. Somebody forgot to tell LCMS. They dismantled the visitors from Gray 52-12 to assure themselves a spot in post-season play. The Trojans erased any doubt early on as Lance Austin returned the opening kickoff 75 yards, untouched, for a touchdown. Miquavius Searcy added the two-point PAT and LCMS led 8-0 14 seconds into the game. After stopping a Cougar drive, Lamar scored on the first play. Searcy took a handoff and went straight up the middle, untouched, 78 yards to the end zone. Sear-cy tacked on a two-point PAT to make the score 16-0 at 4:59 of the first quarter. Clifton Ridge answered with one of it own on a one yard touchdown run. The Trojans stopped the two-point PAT attempt and led 16-6 at 1:56 of the first. Less than a minute later Lawrence Austin scored from 11 yards out; Searcy added two points for a 24-6 lead. Lawrence Austin made it 30-6 at the beginning of the second quarter on a 59 yard run. The two point conversion try was no good. Clifton Ridge scored on a 19 yard touchdown pass with 17 seconds left in the half but failed on the conversion attempt. The Cougars recovered an onside kick and threw a long pass before time ran out on the half. Cody Allen intercepted and Searcy raced 81 yards for a touchdown as the clock expired. Lance Austin added a two-point PAT and Lamar led 38-12 at half-time. The Trojans added two scores in the second half while shutting down the Cougars. Lawrence Austin scored on a seven yard run with 2:14 to go in the third. The PAT attempt was no good, the score was 44-12. With the mercy rule clock running in the fourth, Ivan Banks put an exclamation point on the score with a 72 yard touchdown run at 26 seconds. Banks scored the two point conversion. LCMS travels to Roberta Wednesday to take on Craw-ford County before closing the regular season in Forsyth next Wednesday against Monroe County. The MS Trojans open the playoffs Wednesday, Oct. 21, at Trojan Field.

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