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.
Trojan head coach Jamie Abrams tries to rally his troops Friday night at Trojan Field. (Photo: Walter Geiger)