Lamar came into the Lions’ Den Friday night as a top-ten team. It didn’t take long to demonstrate how the Silver Foxes earned that ranking.
Running back LaBradford Abson found the end zone three times in a 21-point first quarter, leading Lamar (5-2, 2-0 Region 3-A) to a 56-13 region victory over Lewisville Friday night.
“My guys get after it. They’ve been getting after it in practice,” said Lamar coach Corey Fountain of his team’s performance. “I appreciate the effort they gave in the game, and everybody’s been working hard. Hopefully that will translate.”
The young Lions (0-8, 0-2) managed just two first downs in the first half, as the offense struggled to gain footing on the ground. Injuries further complicated matters for the Lions, as both starting running back Christian Laws and backup Mike Hill left the game with injuries.
“We had zero running backs whatsoever on the field,” said Lewisville coach Will Mitchell about the situation in which his team found itself. “One’s in the hospital, busted his chin open, Mike Hill, and the other one, Christian Laws, tore his other ankle up. We had a couple of kids that took handoffs after that, but that limited us, very much so.”
That lack of a rushing attack led Lewisville to just 18 carries for 78 yards. Lamar had no such issue, though, as they carried 49 times for 341 yards. Abson found the end zone three times, with touchdown runs added by Hunter Collins, Tre’vione Ceasar and Jeremiah Mack.
“The offensive line did a good job of staying on their blocks and the backs just did a good job of finding the holes,” said Fountain of his team’s runners. “We like to stick with the running game and control the clock.”
The Lions dropped to 0-8 (0-2), but both Fountain and Mitchell had good things to say about the team’s play.
“They’re scrappy. They never gave up,” said Fountain. “They played hard every play until the last quarter, and they’re a well-coached team. They’re going to be a team to be reckoned with in the next couple of years.”
Mitchell, while clearly disappointed with the outcome, said of his team, “The biggest thing for us now, and there’s no question about this, is our confidence is just ... we have really good kids, and they’re playing really hard, and they just lack confidence right now. We as coaches have to find a way to get their confidence up.”
Lamar plays at C.A. Johnson next Friday. Fountain said of that game, “C.A. Johnson, they’re always athletic, they’re always big. We’ve got to be able to tackle in space and continue to block and run the rock.”
Lewisville has a bye week. “It’s good, no question, but we could have used it earlier,” said Mitchell of the timing of his team’s bye week.