#7 in the series - - - Lamar Silver Foxes

Lamar Football : The Puzzle of Success </P> What are the pieces of the puzzle of success? </P> Dedication, trust, and liability and loyalty to your coaches and teammates fall high on the list; and in Lamar, SC, all of these can be found. One large piece, however, can be located in the feeder program here in Lamar.

From an early age kids here learn how to work hard and are pushed by volunteers like long-time recreation coach Shot Windham.  He has coached one state championship team at the 9 - 10 year old level and has instilled a good work ethic and hard-nosed attitude into each one of his players. At the 11 - 12 year old level, this year, Lamar fielded two teams. One of which went undefeated without allowing a single point, the second, losing only to the other Lamar team.  The "mites (11-12)" all-star team led by QB/DB Tyler Boyd defeated Central Pageland and Hartsville, before being eliminated from the playoffs by Cheraw in the district championship game.

The junior high team, lead by TB/LB Willie Kennedy, has done well this year, too, losing only one game on their way to another region title.  Coach Hilburn and Coach Brown have done an outstanding job with this group of young men. Coach
Doug Collins' JV team also won the region championship, going undefeated, including a win over a tough Cheraw squad.  A truly amazing accomplishment by a great bunch of overachievers. 


Offensively, this team was lead by Marquis Hamlin at QB.  Jamie Howell leads the defense from his linebacking spot. The varsity team is simply a carry-over from all of these programs.  From small fry to JV, each one is a crucial piece to the puzzle and Coach Boyd has been reaping the benefits of this for the past several years.  "


My Role : TEAM GOAL" is the slogan for the 2002 version of the Silver Foxes and each one of the following young men have played their role this year superbly.  Daniel Boyd(Jr) anchors the offensive line with Points Robinson(Jr) getting the bulk of the carries at tailback.  Matthew Norris(Sr) has been a great leader this year at quarterback with his favorite Michael Hamiln(Jr) leading the team in receptions and yards.  Jamie Mack(Sr, North All-Star) and Jeff Jeffords(Sr) cause havoc on the defensive, while Mario Mack(Jr) and Tiger Mcfadden(Sr) back them up at linebacker.  The defensive backfield is a good one with Shane Howell(Jr), Michael Hamiln(Jr), Lequinn Ellerbee(Jr), and Cleshon Bess(Sr) all intercepting passes.  The special teams are lead by Shrine Bowl selection Chris Windham, who averaged over 50 yards per punt against Great Falls, stopping two dead at the one yard line. 

Each victory this year has been a team effort with every piece neatly falling into place; and with the playoffs as long as they are, every coach knows he is just one or two injuries away from basketball season.  Lamar has been lucky to stay, for the most part, injury free.  I can't help but look back to the days when these kids were young, toughing out the laps and seemingly endless leg lifts, taking everything Shot could dish out; and attribute their resiliency to his dedication to the game.  He feeds the football players and is a true "giver" to the community. 


Every town needs people like this to take time out of their busy schedules and give back to the kids.  Every town needs a Shot Windham. Winning has become a sickness around here and everyone has got it.  People are pitching in left and right.  The community is united and backs the Silver and Black all the way.  Our program is on the rise and poses a threat to everyone they play.  From small fry and mites up to the varsity level, everyone in Lamar truly has football fever!



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