Focus 2004

Tailback <b>Lamar Lewis</b> of Jacksonville Trinity Christian earned first-team Class 1A all-state honors Monday. Lewis also participated in last Friday's CaliFlorida Bowl V all-star game at Moorpark (Calif.) College near Los Angeles. While Lewis' role was limited, he enjoyed the game as well as getting the opportunity to meet fellow Florida State commitments quarterback <b>Drew Weatherford</b> of Land O' Lakes and <b>Jonathan Warren </b> of Madison County.

Tailback Lamar Lewis didn't mind the rain, mud and cold weather that plagued last week's all-star game, won by Florida 26-24 after tailing 16-3 at the half.

A laughing Lewis, however, couldn't get comfortable in the high-top spikes players were given to wear in the conditions.

"I didn't like those at all," Lewis said and laughed. "But the field was a mess. It didn't rain the entire time we were out there until the night before the game. It made for some tough footing. You were slipping all over the place."

While Lewis' role was limited -- he said he had four or five carries with a long of 10 yards -- he still enjoyed the experience.

Players spent nearly a week in California, taking in the sights and sounds, including a L.A. Clippers game and a visit to Universal Studios.

"I had never been to an NBA game, so that was fun," Lewis said.

Lewis also enjoyed the chance to meet fellow FSU commitments in Drew Weatherford of Land O' Lakes and Jonathan Warren of Madison County.

"Warren now he likes to hit," Lewis said.

"And Drew's a good guy. We got to work with each a little in the game and in practice, too. He threw the ball pretty well. It was fun getting to meet and play with a lot of different guys. There was a lot of talent there."

Lewis, who has committed to attend FSU next season and is the Conquerors' all-time career rushing leader with more than 5,300 yards, is scheduled to visit FSU later this month. He doesn't plan on taking any other visits.

The 5-foot-8, 175-pound tailback/cornerback is on track to academically qualify with a 3.3 grade point average. He helped lead Trinity Christian to the Class 1A state championship last month in Gainesville, 17-7 over Ft. Meade.

"I want to play tailback -- I don't see myself playing defense," said Lewis, who is preparing for the upcoming track season.

"It's hard to believe the football season is done. It went by so quick."

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