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Raiders face dangerous foe

By Staff
PUSHING THROUGH Lamar's Zeb Swain (21) attempts to fight through would be tacklers in a recent high school football game. The Raiders can clinch a playoff berth with a win over Adams Christian tonight.PHOTO BY PAULA MERRITT / THE MERIDIAN STAR
By Will Bardwell / staff writer
Oct. 17, 2003
Lamar's schedule has not let up, but so far, neither have the Raiders.
Since losing to Jackson Prep on Sept. 5, Lamar has reeled off four straight wins with dominating performances on both sides of the ball. Tonight, the 6-1 Raiders can seal a playoff berth with a win against a struggling but dangerous Adams Christian team.
The Rebels enter the game mired in a three-game losing streak that has their record at 4-4. Barnes said there is little chance his team will overlook their opponents, though.
And with 220-pound running back Luke Ogden powering the Rebels' offense, the Raiders cannot afford a lapse in focus.
In recent weeks, Lamar has stopped a lot of offenses. Over their last three games, the Raiders defense has allowed only one touchdown, and even that came three weeks ago against Madison-Ridgeland in a game that Lamar already had in hand.
The only points the Raiders have allowed in their last two games was a safety garnered by the Central Private (La.) defense on Oct. 3.
Lamar's offense has also carried its share of the load, outscoring opponents 113-0 in the first half during its winning streak. Quarterback Drew Moffett has piled up eight touchdowns in the last three games, giving him 14 scoring passes on the year against only four interceptions.
The Raiders' fast-paced offense has caused fits for opponents all year, but Barnes said it also makes teams like Adams Christian hard to scout.
That flexibility has led Lamar to the brink of the postseason, and that is when Barnes said the Raiders can begin to make good on their objectives.