Lamar High School's Student-Run News Publication


Lamar High School's Student-Run News Publication


Lamar High School's Student-Run News Publication


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Many players on the football team share how they’ve found success with the sport.

Andrew Hodge
There is no doubt that the football team has had a successful season. Individual players like senior defensive end Andrew Hodge, who ended the season with 12 quarterback hurries, played a crucial role in the success of the team. 

“I feel like our team performed to the best of our ability,” Hodge said. “We played hard and we never let down. We bended but we didn’t break.”

Robert Jones
The goal of any team is to go undefeated. Although the team lost that streak during the playoffs, senior and defensive end Robert Jones ended the season with eight quarterback hurries.

“This year was one of the best years that I’ve had playing as a Lamar Texan,” Jones said. “The sense of community and brotherhood on this team was like no other.”

John McDonald
Although it has always been senior John McDonald’s dream to make it to the state championships, he was overjoyed to make it to the playoffs. McDonald truly helped the development of the team as a defensive tackle who has a career 28 solo tackles.

“The state championships your senior year is the best experience,” McDonald said. “Because you’ve proved you’ve gone as far as you can in high school.” 

Camren Vandible
Senior and cornerback Camren Vandible not only participates in football, but also is a star in track and field. His commitment to track has helped him flourish within football by teaching him new skills. Notably, Vandible had 11 all purpose yards this season.

“Track workouts are different from football workouts, but track workouts help me get faster in football so both of the sports coexist for me,” Camren Vandible said.

Jadon Garza
There is no doubt that the bond between the team has grown stronger during this year’s playoff season. Senior Jadon Garza, who plays the tight end and wide receiver and had 26 receptions and 266 receiving yards, helped foster a cooperative spirit.

“I’m glad we were able to come together, make it as far as we did although we could’ve gone farther, I’m glad about how my team played,” Garza said. 

Marcus Turner
Accomplishing goals can shape and impact one’s character positively or negatively. For senior and wide receiver Marcus Turner, it taught him a life long lesson. Over the course of this season, Turner worked hard to have 81 receiving yards.

“It changed my character a lot because it taught me how to really stay down and grind for what I want,” Turner said.

Tyler Chatman
Tyler Chatman, who is a senior offensive lineman, has accomplished a lot over the course of the past season, including getting 80 pancakes.

“You know it wasn’t the ending we wanted, so experiencing the end, like the actual end was very surreal,” Chatman said. “It made me appreciate my teammates, coaches and the last four years a lot.”

Jordan Reaves
Senior and quarterback Jordan Reaves is proud of the team’s accomplishments over the past year and credits the success to the hard work that every player put in. Overall, Reaves had 12 rushing touchdowns and 28 passing touchdowns this season.

“I’m just proud of the team because everyone gave it their best,” Reaves said. “We all went onto the field and gave every game 100%. If you work hard enough, anything is possible.”

Dramodd Odom
Junior offensive line player Dramodd Odom is often called the most feared on the line because he is talented at blocking the other team. Odoms also won Player of the Game on Sept. 28 in a game against Westside.

“I just go out there and play football, It’s really no big deal, I don’t think I’m that feared,” Odoms said. “I just do what the school tells me to do, after school I just go to a trainer.”

Tristen Brown
Senior and wide receiver Tristen Brown brought Lamar a new achievement after tackling the record for the number of yards. Brown made history when he ended the season with a record 2,275 receiving yards.

“It feels good to know it was me that did it,” Brown said. “It was a dream come true because I always wanted to be the person that somebody would remember. There have been a lot of good guys that went through this tradition and I’m glad I’m the one who gets to continue the legacy for the number of yards record.”

Chris Boykins
As a football player aspiring to play on a professional level, senior and defensive back Chris Boykins, has received crucial support from his father. Among all of his accomplishments, Boykins has played in 12 games this season with 257 kick returns and 251 point returns, averaging 42.3 yards per game.

“Having a dad in the NFL motivates me a lot because I know it’s a way that I can make millions of dollars for what I do so that really motivates me with him having my back,” Boykins said.

Erik Peters
5-star athlete, Erik Peters, has been playing football since eighth grade and has always played as the kicker. He’s the team’s special teams kicker and holds the nickname “Sniper.”

“I got the nickname from an old teammate, Jarvis Butler,” Peters said. “He gave me the nickname because of how accurate I am with my kick.” 

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