One day after playing in Lamar County's heartbreaking 21-14 football loss to Calhoun in the GHSA Class AA state semi-finals Quay Searcy, Jeremy Fletcher and Nick Harden combined for 15 points in limited action to help the Trojan basketball team to a 65-59 season opening win over Mary Persons.
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The Lamar County Trojans shut out top ranked Calhoun in the 2nd half but could not make enough plays and fell 21-14 in the Class AA state playoffs. Lamar had a shot at the end but a last pass was intercepted in the endzone.
The game may have set a record for the most Lamar fans to ever attend a road contest. Afterwards, almost every Calhoun fan congratulated Lamar on their effort - the best turned in against the Yellow Jackets in two years.
This is an exciting time for us. This is the first time in history that our Trojan football team has made it to the semifinals. GO Trojans!!!
In celebrating an awesome year for our Trojan football team, we would like to send them off with their spirits uplifted. Please come and join us in a celebration parade this Friday before the Trojan team departs.
We will start our Pep Rally and parade at noon in front of the high school on Trojan way. From there we will go across the street to the middle school. We will turn into the middle school and proceed to the back of the primary school. After leaving the primary school, we will turn left on Victory Lane and head to the elementary school. We will end the parade in front of the elementary school. Sounds like fun, it will be!!! GO Trojans
With a narrow, six-point lead and facing fourth and nine at the opposition's 34-yard line, Lamar head coach Franklin Stephens dialed up at shot to the endzone and connected. Lance Austin hit twin brother Lawrence Austin behind a completely fooled Lovett secondary and Lamar went on to hold on for a 35-28 win in the quarterfinal round of the Class AA state football playoffs Friday night in Atlanta.
NEXT WEEK: Lamar will face Calhoun, which routed Brooks County 49-7, Friday next week. A coin toss will be conducted to determine the home team. Lamar has never been to the semifinals. "You made history tonight," Stephens told his team on the field at Lovett after the hard fought win.
Realtime scoring from the game was provided from the sidelines by Walter Geiger.
Tyler Scandrett, who had earlier missed a routine PAT, booted a school record 47-yd. FG as time expired as Lamar topped BC 24-21. The Lamar defense pitched a second half shutout as the Trojans overcame a 14-point halftime deficit to set up the game winner. Lawrence Austin had a pick and Bo Dunn had a strip/recovery to pace the Trojan D.
Lovett defeated Manchester. In that both Lamar and Lovett are #1 seeds, the coin toss held Saturday morning determined Lovett will host Friday's quarterfinal matchup.
Realtime scoring from the game was provided by Walter Geiger.
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