Raiders ready to dive into division schedule
Lamar doesn't need any reminders what happened last season when MAIS Division 4-AA play began.
The Raiders are well aware that visiting Wayne Academy dominated play at Gray Cobb Field, handing Lamar a 35-19 defeat. The Raiders now hope to return the favor when they visit Waynesboro at 7 p.m. today.
“We need to really come out strong,” Mac Barnes said. “They came out and overwhelmed us last year. It was a 14-7 game at halftime and they came out and got two quick touchdowns and just took over the ballgame.
“It was a surprise to a lot of people, I think, but they just whipped us that night. Our kids have a lot of respect for them, and hopefully we won’t get caught off guard and play hard from the very first snap.”
The Jaguars, though, aren't the same team they were a year ago. Wayne defeated Heidelberg Academy 20-12 last week for its first win of the season, and the 1-7 Jaguars, who are also 0-1 in the division after getting blanked by perennial power Simpson County Academy earlier in the year, have scored just 85 points all year. Lamar, though, is 6-2 after suffering a 36-29 loss last week to East Rankin Academy. But those records don't matter.
“We’ve played our first eight games and are 6-2 and played well in a lot of spots,” Barnes added. “Now the season begins now with the playoffs. Even though we’re still in the regular season with our last three games being district, we just call those playoffs and now we’re down to it. This is what you work all year for.
“Once you get to a division game, everybody pulls out all the stops, and they had a great gameplan last year and executed well. Now we just need to anticipate what they do and do a better job of executing against it.”
— Jamie Wachter