After an opening-week setback to South Grand Prairie, Arlington Lamar has reeled off three straight victories including last weeks 51-0 rout of North Crowley in a District 3-5A opener. The Arlington Colts, on a three-game skid, visit Cravens Field on Friday.
Friday is big since every district game is important, because its one of those where everyone is fighting for a playoff spot, Lamar coach Trent Fuller said. We had some guys out with injuries early, but right now were as healthy as were going to get this year. Weve just gotten better and more consistent the past few weeks.
Sophomore quarterback Shane Buechele has settled in nicely for the Vikings throwing for 757 yards, with nine touchdowns against just one interception. He has also rushed for 174 yards and two scores. Jamal Kemp and Cameron Smith have also been keys to the running game as the two have carried 70 times for 347 yards and four scores.
Shane has done a good job for us so far this year, Fuller said. His first game he was just as poised as the seniors and in most cases more. Right now the only thing hurting us on offense is ourselves by mistakes. Our running backs have done a good job and none of what we do though doesnt happen without the offensive line doing their job.
The Vikings are also confident that they can score from anywhere on the field with a solid kicker in Ryan Jacobs. He has connected on three field goals and 18 extra points on the season.
You dont realize how much of a luxury it is to have a good kicker until you dont have one, Fuller said. He has done a great job for us and has performed when we needed him.
The year started out rough trying to get back into things, but weve come closer and closer as a team, senior linebacker Blake McLendon said. Were trusting each other and our coaches and thats been really important. There are lots of seniors on defense and weve been together for a long time and know this is the time to step up.
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