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November 6, 2013

MAIS football previews: Raiders looking for 10th win

Raiders looking for 10th win

    A 35-14 win over Parklane Academy last week ensured Lamar School a No .1 seed and a home game in the first round of the playoffs making Friday’s nights game against Oak Forest much less anticipated than earlier in the year.

    While a win or loss against the Yellowjackets wont affect the Raiders’ playoff seeding, head coach Mac Barnes said their is still plenty to play for in Lamar’s regular season finale.

    “Both teams want to win,” Barnes said. “We are still treating it as an important game. If we win, we get to 10 wins. There are not to many seasons that you can get to 10 wins. That’d be a special moment for these kids.

    Though a 10th win would be sweet, Barnes said the game-plan will not be to complex Friday night as Lamar (9-2) might see Oak Forest again in the state championship. Meanwhile, he will be scouting the Yellowjackets to see if how to exploit matchups if the two meet again in the playoffs.

    “When you play a team, you find out their personnel,” Barnes said. “We know what they do, but we just don’t know the kind of athletes they have because we haven’t played them before. We’ll learn a lot Friday night.”

    Lamar will face either Pillow Academy or Heritage Academy in the first round of the MAIS AAA Division II playoffs next week.


KA eyeing a playoff upset

    Kemper Academy knows just how difficult beating undefeated Sharkey-Issaquena Academy will be in the first round of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools 8-man playoffs. The Rams fell to the Confederates, 42-26, in Week 1 of the season turing the ball over six times in the contest.

    This week, head coach Pete McCkleskey said his team will be playing with a little bit of a chip on its shoulders as they look to avenge their Week 1 performance and move on in the playoffs.

    “After getting beat the first game and giving up six turnovers, I think my kids can play a better ballgame,” McCleskey said. “We have looked at film on them all week and we know what they are going to do just like they know what we’re going to do. It’s just a matter of who can stop who.”

    The Rams come in banged up and will be without star running back Jason Craig who tore his ACL last week against Central Academy. Despite the big loss to  the Kemper offense, McCleskey said his players have banned around each other this week in practice and are ready to pull the upset Friday night.

    “I think we can play with them,” McCleskey said. “I think we can play with anybody. My kids are up, and they feel like they can play with anybody right now.”

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