Thursday, November 12, 2009
Patriots hosting Lamar this Friday
By BARRY BURLESON
The challenge gets greater each week in the playoffs.
This Friday night, Nov. 13, the Lamar School Raiders invade Marshall Academy in round two of the Class AA playoffs, bringing with them a high-powered, pass-oriented offense that averages 40 points per game. Both teams are 10-1.
The catalyst is quarterback Witt Haggard, who MA coach Keith Wicker calls “probably the best in the state” among the private schools.
His star receiver is Bo Bidgood.
But the Meridian-based squad, which moved down from Class AAA this year, features much more, including size.
“Everybody is bigger than us, and this week’s opponent is no exception,” Coach Wicker said. “They’re a very good football team. It’s going to be a big job for us. We have our work cut out for us, but we can do it. It’s going to be fun.”
He said the key for his Patriots is ball control.
“We don’t want to get into a scoring contest with them,” Wicker said.
The Raiders have scored more than 60 points once this season and more than 50 twice. Their lone loss was 48-21 to Simpson Academy in the District 3-AA title game. They skunked Oak Hill Academy 35-0 last week in round one of the postseason.
The Marshall-Lamar winner will advance to face the Simpson-Indianola winner Friday night, Nov. 20, in the state semi-finals (for the North State crown).
In the South this week, Brookhaven meets Centreville and River Oaks faces Bowling Green.
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