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March 27, 2014

Lamar football players awarded plaques, rings after winning state title

For one final time, Chris and Alex Waldron got to share a special moment together as members of the Lamar School football team.

The brothers, along with the rest of their teammates, received plaques and årings Wednesday evening for winning the MAIS Class AAA, Division II state championship last November.

Alex, a sophomore, will return to the team next year, but Chris, a senior, will be graduating in May.

“It’ll still be football, but it’ll be different,” Alex admitted.

Chris, though, said he expects his younger brother to carry on like normal.

“He’ll miss me, but I’m expecting good things from him, too,” Chris said.

The Raiders finished their 2013 season with an 11-3 record and defeated Magnolia Heights School, 28-21, in the title game this past season. It was the third state championship in school history, and head coach Mac Barnes said he couldn’t be prouder of his players for what they accomplished.

“What a great year we had — what an outstanding group of guys,” Barnes said. “We won because, I thought, we were the toughest, most physical team in our division and our classification. We played hard, tough football and were very good defensively and balanced offensively. I’m just so proud these guys are keeping that tradition going of playing really good football.”

After winning it all, Barnes said giving out plaques and rings was a great way to commemorate the team’s season.

“I think it’s really wonderful, because I have a real concern in America today that we lost the value of hard work and really committing to something to achieve a goal, whether you do or not,” Barnes said. “We’ve had some other teams that didn’t win state championships that worked extremely hard trying to do it. When you finally do get fortunate enough, you’re happy, but there’s a lot of gratitude I have of a lot of things that took place.”

Alex said school pride is a big reason he and his teammates fought hard to bring a state title to Lamar.

“This is pretty awesome,” he said. “We haven’t gotten our rings in a long time, and we have won a championship in so long, so this is really important to everyone.”

Chris said winning a state title was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, one he would treasure for the rest of his life.

“It’s crazy to think this has been our dream ever since we were little kids — and it happened, so it’s just been the craziest thing,” Chris said.

With two more years of eligibility, Alex said he’s already thinking ahead to next season.

“Next year, I think we won’t be as great, but we can still do something,” Alex said.

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