North Lamar with dramatic win on Homecoming Night.
By: GREG HIGGINS
PARIS – Under head football coach Tommy Felty, the North Lamar Panthers have been known as a running offense. Felty will tell you his offense is one built on controlling the ball and moving the chains. However, it was the passing game of North Lamar that would shine on this homecoming night.
Austin Anthony, the North Lamar quarterback, had a night he’ll never forget. It was Anthony’s 220 passing yards that led the Panthers to a 37 – 33 victory over Quinlan Ford. Austin also threw a touchdown pass in the game. It wasn’t just any touchdown, though. With his team trailing 33 – 31 in the fourth quarter, Anthony led the Panthers on a 17 play drive. Facing a third down and six from the 18 yard line, Anthony lobbed the ball up towards the back corner of the end zone. With two defenders draped all over him, wide receiver Ian Dukleth managed to somehow pull the ball in for the touchdown.
“That was just like play ground, back yard catch,” Ian says right after the game is over. “It was crazy and I didn’t think I was going to catch it.”
That play is going to be talked about for some time at the North Lamar High School; however it was a fourth down play earlier in the drive that should be equally praised. Facing fourth and six from the Quinlan Ford 41 yard line, Anthony hit Samaki Walker on a slant play for a nine yard gain and a first down. The play was well defended by Quinlan Ford. Walker had a defender with him stride for stride, and Austin put the ball exactly where he needed to. The pass hit was in a place that only Samaki could catch it.
On a night where the two offenses put up 70 total points, it’s hard to imagine any defense was played. However, this isn’t the case. On their second possession, Quinlan Ford quarterback Kaden Wallace threw the ball down the left side of the field for his intended receiver. Panthers’ defensive back, Devin McDonald jumped up and batted the ball away from the defender. The ball, however, went up and came back down to Devin where he was able to grab it and run for 23 yards.
In the fourth quarter, with Quinlan Ford up by two, the Panthers defense would again come up huge. Facing a third and 22 Quinlan Ford handed the ball to James Silkey, who had broke away for a 51 yard run earlier in the game. This time, however, the Panthers were able to stand their ground and hold him to a five yard run. Quinlan Ford would be forced to punt the ball to the Panthers, which led to the game winning drive.
“I was just thinking if we can stop them and get the ball back, we can win this thing,” Coach Felty said after the game.
North Lamar heads into the bye week with a 2 – 3 record and will start district play against Pittsburg on October 12. “We needed some momentum, especially with a week off,” Felty explained. “It’s long when you have a week off anyway.” Hopefully this win will provide the boost of confidence the Panthers need as they head into district play.
For now, though, the players can enjoy an unforgettable homecoming night.
Quinlan Ford 7 14 12 0–33
North Lamar 14 10 0 13–37
North Lamar — Chance Kelley 19 yard run (Mario Smith kick), 0-7, 5:26
Quinlan Ford — Kaden Wallace 1 yard run (Taylor Sikorsky kick), 7-7, 0:50
North Lamar — Chance Kelley 4 yard run (Mario Smith kick), 7-14, 0:21
North Lamar — Chance Kelley 25 yard run (Mario Smith kick), 7-21, 8:48
Quinlan Ford — James Silkey 21 yard run (Taylor Sikorsky kick) 14-21, 4:17
Quinlan Ford — Jon Humphries 8 yard run (Taylor Sikorsky kick) 21-21, 2:30
North Lamar — Mario Smith 29 yard FG, 21-24, 0:01
Quinlan Ford — Jon Humphries 1 yard run (Taylor Sikorsky – missed kick) 27-24, 7:52
Quinlan Ford — Blake Davenport 13 yard run (pass failed) 33-24, 2:15
North Lamar – Chance Kelley 30 yard run (Mario Smith kick) 33-31, 11:40
North Lamar – Ian Dukleth 18 yard pass from Austin Anthony (run failed) 33-37, 0:42
|TEAM STATS||North Lamar||Quinlan Ford|
Passing: Austin Anthony 220 yards, 1 TD
Rushing: Chance Kelley - 168 yards, 4 TDs; Ian Dukleth - 16 yards; Cody Edwards – 8 yards; Austin Anthony – 5 yards.
Receiving: Ian Dukleth – 137 yards, 1 TD; Samaki Walker – 74 yards; Dreyton McCarthy – 9 yards
Passing: Kaden Wallace 23 yards
Rushing: James Silkey 158 yards, 1 TD; Taylor Sikorski 92 yards; Jon Humphries 84 yards, 2 TD; Kaden Wallace 29 yards; Blake Davenport 20 yards; Manuel Enriquez 2 yards
Receiving: Bryan Schultz 23 yards.