Lamar grinds out 20-3 win over Irving Nimitz
September 8, 2013By Sam Thomas of Lamar High School - Arlington
The Lamar Vikings beat Irving Nimitz, 20-3 on Friday night at Irving Schools Stadium. The defense made a statement by allowing only 74 total yards and four first downs.
“The biggest thing of the night was that our defense, even though we put them in some bad situations, did a great job,” said Lamar head coach Trent Fuller. “Holding a team to three points is almost unheard of now, so they did an excellent job there.”
The play of the game came from senior defensive back Gene Visor. Visor’s third-quarter interception set up a 46-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Shane Buechele to wide receiver Jaries King.
“King’s touchdown was pretty big, but the biggest part was Gene’s interception,” said Buechele. “That’s what set it up. That helped us get some points on the board. That was big time defense.”
King’s catch was the first touchdown of the night for either team and came with 5:41 left in the third quarter. Lamar was ahead 6-3 on a pair of Ryan Jacobs field goals.
Senior captain Marquise McClinton kept the momentum going for the Viking defense in the second half with two sacks, including one that pinned Nimitz to their own 4-yard line. Nimitz was forced to punt a play later, and gave the ball back to Lamar with seven minutes left in the game.
Then the Vikings’ offense marched down the field behind the rushing of Buechele and running back Jamal Kemp.
“I think we wore the Nimitz defense down a little bit, especially in the fourth quarter,” Fuller said after the game. “I think they had a lot of guys going both ways and that was a factor, but at the same time we had two starters on the offensive line out tonight.”
Kemp scored on a 4-yard run with five minutes left. The score was set up after a 17-yard scramble fromBuechele on third and long.
“I was just trying to get the first down and stay in bounds to keep the clock running,” Buechele said about his scramble. “We just needed to get the first.”
Buechele finished with 70 yards rushing on 14 attempts. The sophomore quarterback completed 13 of 17 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown in his second start on varsity. His leading receiver was junior Landry Bray, who caught six passes for 76 yards. Kemp led all rushers with 74 yards on 18 attempts.
“Tonight we played sound and everybody did their job,” said Fuller. “That led to a good result. But we’ll have to regroup at practice and get better. I’m pleased with the win, but we won’t win many more games if we don’t show up better than we did tonight.”
The Vikings look for their second win of the young season on homecoming next Friday night against Keller Central at Cravens Field