HEMINGWAY, S.C. – Changing coaches sure didn’t slow Lamar down.
With first-year coach Chad Wilkes, the Silver Foxes rolled to a 54-0 victory Friday night at Hemingway.
"It means a lot," said Wilkes, who coached C.E. Murray the previous two seasons. "It's been a long four or five months to try and get everything together. Transitions are always tricky especially when transitioning an entire staff. But they worked hard and all preseason. We've still got a lot of stuff we need to clean up, but we came out and competed like I wanted them to compete."
Lamar led 38-0 at halftime after a 24-minute stretch in which the Silver Foxes scored on every drive but one – because of a lost fumble on their first.
D.J. Green and Rashad Johnson scored two touchdowns each before halftime, and Jiquell James added the other with a scorching 45-yard blast up the middle.
"Both (Green and Johnson) were guys who are not used to being the featured backs because of players last year like Jac'Quez Lucas and Malik Johnson," Wilkes said. "We know they have to develop, but they were explosive tonight. And we have more than just those guys."
The Silver Fox defense also helped as two fumble recoveries and an interception (one of two made by Quan Toney) led to touchdown drivers. A botched Hemingway punt attempt led to another Lamar score. While Lamar rushed for 288 yards and held the Tigers to minus-26.
"Our defense can be really fast," Wilkes said. "They hit hard and are tough and all those things. Of course, Lamar has been doing those things for 25 years, that don't have anything to do with me. But they did a good job tonight.
"Next week (at home against Central), that will be a lot tougher," he added. "But our new defensive coordinator, Josh Pierce, has done a great job. We've changed the scheme and he gets those guys fired up and going."
Lamar was not too shabby at two-point conversions, either, as Johnson scored two, and Green and James each added ones of their own.
And to start the third quarter, Lamar recovered the opening kickoff and scored on a 26-yard TD run by Cam Galloway, who missed the second half of last season because of injury.
"He was perfect," Wilkes said. "We knew we want him in November and December, so going in we knew we were not going to run him 20 to 25 times," Wilkes said. "Tonight he had just two carries, but he gets like 25 yards a pop. We know it's there if we need it. He gets those guys going and keeps them calm in the huddle. It's good to have him healthy this year because he's a special player."
Lamar also proved it could pass the ball when Derrick Higgins caught a 12-yard TD pass from freshman Tyler McManus with 1:37 left in the third quarter.
L 14 24 16 0 -- 54
H 0 0 0 0 -- 0
L -- D.J. Green 6 run (run failed), 3:20
L -- Rashad Johnson 21 run (Johnson run), :18
L – Johnson 1 run (Jiquell James run), 10:53
L – James 45 run (Green run), 7:49
L – Green 87 run (Johnson run), 3:04
L – Cam Galloway 26 run (Green pass from Galloway), 8:08
L – Derrick Higgins 12 pass from Tyler McManus (Johnson run), 1:37
RUSHING: L: Green 3-94, Johnson 8-60, Galloway 2-51, James 1-45 , Toney 2-19, Dolford 1-15, Higgins 1-14, McManus 2-12, Abson 1-(-1), Team 1-(-21). H: Singletary 6-5, A. Lewis 1-2, Morris 1-1, D. Lewis 3-(-2), Davis 5-(-5), Team 1-(-7), Cantey 6-(-20).
PASSING -- L: McManus 2-2-0-20, Galloway 0-1-0-0. H: Cantey 5-9-2-70
RECEIVING -- L: Higgins 1-12, Langston 1-8. H: Nigil Singletary 4-67, Brown 1-3.
RECORDS: L 1-0; H 0-1.