Vikings shut out Panthers 51-0 in district opener
September 28, 2013By Sam Thomas of Lamar High School - Arlington
The North Crowley Panthers came to Cravens Field on Friday night looking for their first win of the season, but the Lamar Vikings made sure they would have to wait another week to join the win column in a 51-0 victory.
Lamar (3-1, 1-0) was dominant in all three dimensions of the game as seven different Vikings scored touchdowns on offense and the defense added a safety while holding North Crowley (0-4, 0-1) to 156 total yards. The game was the school’s 60th all-time shutout and the first shutout since 2011. The 51-point margin of victory was third largest in the school’s history.
While the Vikings ran up the points on the score board, no single player stood out statistically as the Viking special teams and defense kept giving the offense top field position. Two of Lamar’s 13 possessions began inside the North Crowley 10 yard line.
Sophomore quarterback Shane Buechele completed 12 passes for 162 yards and threw touchdowns to seniors Jaries King and Liam Flowers. Buechele also scrambled for a 13-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Junior Andy Guinn stepped in at quarterback early in the second half and threw a 4-yard touchdown to senior Mitchell Moss.
Running backs Cameron Smith, Jamal Kemp, and Thomas Kimmons also added to the scoring effort with touchdowns of their own, including Smith’s 31-yard scamper in the second quarter.
The Vikings’ aggressive defense didn’t give many scoring opportunities to quarterback Given Tippins-Hill and the North Crowley offense. Tippens-Hill completed four passes for 15 yards and threw an interception before he left the game with an injury late in the second quarter. Overall, the Vikings held the Panthers to 43 passing yards and 10 first downs. The Vikings defense set the tone early when senior Marquise McClinton recovered a fumble and returned it to the North Crowley 8 yard line on the first play of the game.
The Vikings hope to continue their three game winning streak when they face rival Arlington High School next Friday at Cravens Field. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.