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HA pulls past Lamar in second half, 35-15

By Staff
ON THE RUN n Lamar's Cameron Coleman races 74 yards to set up the Raiders' second touchdown Saturday evening. The visiting Rebels won the game, 35-14. Photo by Paula Merritt/The Meridian Star
By Jeff Byrd/The Meridian Star
Sept. 16, 2001
Heidelberg Academy got rolling in the second half to defeat the host Lamar School Raiders 35-14 Saturday in prep football action.
The defending Class A Academy state champions showed their title-winning form in the second half by rolling up three touchdowns en route to a 35-14 victory. Heidelberg improves to 2-1 on the season while Lamar School falls to 1-2.
Lamar had used some clever fullback counters to set up a pair of touchdowns that helped give them a 14-7 lead in the first quarter. Heidelberg, however, put the clamps down in the second half, holding the Raiders to just 14 yards in total offense.
With the game tied at 14-14, Heidelberg took the second half kickoff and quickly took charge. Brook Lewis broke loose on a 30-yard counter to give the Rebels a first down at the Lamar 11. On the next play, Heath Ainsworth powered in from the 11 to break the tie.
Ryan Aultman's PAT kick made it 21-14 with 9:06 left in the third quarter.
The Rebel defense then did their part by stopping Lamar on three straight plays for minus two yards. A short punt put Heidelberg's offense back in business at the Lamar 44.
From there, the Rebels unleashed a power game grinding out a pair of first downs to the Lamar 13. Quarterback Josh Webb then changed up the tempo by passing 13 yards to Matthew Andrews in the end zone for the touchdown. Aultman's kick made it 28-14 with 3:40 left in the third.
Lamar got a first down via a pass interference call on their next possession. They would later face a fourth-and-one at their own 43 but Heidelberg's J.B. Harris and Brandon Sims dropped Heath Rush for a yard loss to force a turnover on downs.
Heidelberg then iced the contest marching the 42-yard distance in six plays. Jeremy Eason capped the drive with a 11-yard TD run. Aultman's kick made it 35-14.
Lamar broke out to a 7-0 lead on the game's first possession. A 52-yard jaunt by Monroe Mayfield placed the ball at the Rebel one. Drew Moffett went over from there for the score. Heath Rush's kick made it 7-0 just 2:15 into the game.
Heidelberg answered going 67 yards in 10 plays. They converted a fourth-and-one at the Lamar 45 and that set up Webb's 32-yard TD pass to Ainsworth. The point after was good to make it 7-7 with 4:42 left.
It took just two plays for Lamar to regain the lead. Cameron Coleman broke loose on another fullback counter, this time for 74 yards down to the Rebel one. Moffett again dove in from a yard out for the touchdown. Rush's kick made it 14-7 with 4:16 left in the quarter.
Both defenses began to control things until mid-way through the second quarter when Heidelberg answered with a tying score. Taking over at the 40, the Rebels marched 60 yards in five plays. Eason got the score on a 44-yard run. Aultman's kick tied the game at 14-14 with 3:27 left.
Lamar's final scoring chance came on the last possession of the first half. A 14-yard pass from Moffett to Zach Moore gave the Raiders a chance at a 53-yard field goal as time expired. The kick was short and the teams left with a 14-14 halftime draw.
Heidelberg finished with 306 yards in total offense, with 261 coming on the ground. Eason had 103 yards on 11 carries and Ainsworth gained 76 on 16 carries. Webb was two of three passing for 45 yards and two TDs.
For Lamar, Coleman had 75 yards on just four carries. Mayfield added 53 on two carries. The Raiders had 173 yards rushing and 16 passing.
Next week, Lamar opens District play against Central Hinds at Cobb Field. Heidelberg heads to Macon Central.

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