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Barnes tries to keep Raiders focused

By Staff
HARD CHARGING RAIDER n Lamar's Dylan Anderson returns a kickoff against Heidelberg in a recent game with the Rebels. The Raiders celebrate homecoming Friday night against Oak Hill. Photo by Paula Merritt/The Meridian Star
By Jeff Byrd/The Meridian Star
Sept. 26, 2001
It's homecoming week for the Lamar School Raiders and they welcome to town a different set of Raiders from Northeast Mississippi.
Oak Hill Academy of West Point comes to Grey Cobb Field to battle Lamar in a non-district contest. Lamar is coming off a highly emotional 33-32 decision over Central Hinds in the District 3-AAA opener last week at Grey Cobb.
Oak Hill comes in with a 1-3 record after falling to defending AAA champion North Delta 46-14 last week. The two teams have one common opponent in Heidelberg Academy. Oak Hill only lost to Heidelberg by a 7-6 score. Lamar lost to the Rebels 35-14.
That result, homecoming and the fact that the Raiders are coming off such a huge win, are three concerns for Head Coach Mac Barnes.
The veteran coach, however, was still beaming with pride in how his team hung on to get its overtime decision against Central Hinds.
The Raiders won the game in the first overtime after calling a fake PAT kick. The decision to go for two and run the fake were pre-determined.
Oak Hill will test the Raiders with a potent left-handed quarterback.
Oak Hill will not be as big as either Heidelberg or Central Hinds. They prefer to play an eight-man front on defense.
Lamar will counter with a contingent of players who had big games in the Central Hinds win. They include linemen Vaughn Waters, linebacker Monroe Mayfield, Lane Rush, Zack Moore and quarterback Drew Moffett who scored the game-winning two-point conversion.
The Raiders also came out of the game in good physical shape.
Jeff Byrd is a sports writer for the Meridian Star. He can be reached at 693-1551 or by e-mail at j.byrd@themeridianstar.com.

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