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If you had the opportunity to watch the first two games of the North Lamar Panthers this season, you probably noticed No. 23 on the defensive side of the ball. That belongs to Kameron Avery, a junior linebacker for the Panthers.
Coach Tommy Felty is pleased with the play of Avery so far.
“Kameron’s a real hard player,” Felty said. “[He is] a second year starter, and he plays really intense.”
Kameron made it his mission to live and breathe football, the source behind his “intensity.”
“I used to run track,” he said, “but I stopped to concentrate on football.
Outside of football practice and Friday night games, Kameron said “[I] workout and prepare for football.”
Avery plans to go to college after he is done at North Lamar and hopes the opportunity to continue playing football will be there for him. Since it’s the beginning of his junior year, he knows there’s a lot of time left before college; however, if his first two games this season are any indication, he’s on his way to reaching his goal.
“He’s hard-nosed,” said Felty. “He’s a little guy that plays a lot bigger than he is. He plays wide open and that’s what makes him special.”
Two plays stand out that reiterate this point.
In the first game against Commerce, the Tigers were about to punch the ball into the end zone but Avery was able to reach in and strip the ball away from the running back. Against Bonham, with his team needing a stop, Avery broke through the line, hurdled a defender and was able to sack Dra Smith for a double-digit loss.
Avery has stepped up for the Panthers on defense and he hopes to continue this play Friday night as Canton comes to town for homecoming. Kick off is scheduled at 7:30.
By Greg Higgins, eParisExtra