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North Lamar hoping to ride their runner into playoffs

North Lamar senior Keitron Reed has no problem running the ball. As a matter of fact, he enjoys it. Perhaps that’s why he didn’t mind getting the ball more 40 times in the season opener against Commerce. Reed, however, knows it’s not a one man show out there.

(Photo by Adam Routon) Keitron Reed Running the ball in the season opener for the Panthers
Keitron Reed Running the ball in the season opener for the Panthers (Photo by Adam Routon) 

“I think I ran the ball pretty good,” Reed told eParisExtra. “I couldn’t do it without the line. If I don’t have the line, I can’t get anywhere. I just thank God for the line.”

The offensive line did its part, too, opening up holes for Reed to run through and made sure the blocks were there. One of the things that helps Reed is his speed and quickness. Reed, after taking the ball from quarterback Jacob Cowling, will wait until the perfect hole opens up before busting through. This can be attributed to his competition on the North Lamar track team. He has competed several different relays as well as the 100 meter sprint and the high jump. At 5′-7″ tall, he has a personal best of 6′-2 1/2″ high jump.

When he’s not on the football field, on the track or in the weight room, you can find Reed working with his Angus heifers that he shows in stock shows. He will travel to places like Houston with the FFA to show the animals. Reed said he has been doing this for about nine years.

Depending on how football goes for him this year, he said his goal is to join the Marines after high school and then study agriculture economics. North Lamar fans might also be banking on Reed’s success on the field this year, hoping he will be swift enough to run them right into a district championship.

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By Greg Higgins, eParisExtra

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