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Starting on road not that 'big of a deal' for Lamar

August 20, 2014

Home field advantage has been one of the longest standing advantages for football teams, but Lamar School’s Mac Barnes begs to differ.
“Starting on the road just means you don’t have to mark the field,” Barnes said with a laugh. “It really isn’t that big of a deal for us because we are a pretty good road team. We don’t even think about it other than you have a longer drive to get to the field.”
Good thing Barnes and his Raiders are not concerned about traveling because they will be doing just that as they open the 2014 campaign Friday night at Starkville Academy.
Putting aside the travel logistics, this week’s game looks to pack quite the punch as it pits the defending AA State champion Raiders against a Starkville Academy squad heavy with experience.
“I know Starkville Academy has a lot of starters back so they bring a lot more experience than when we played them last year,” Barnes said. “We are looking for a really good football game.”
The Volunteers are not the only ones with veterans among their roster. Lamar may have lost four All-State players, but the Raiders bring back a “solid group” including 11 starters.
“We are coming off a state championship year which was a pretty special year,” Barnes said. “We lost some really good players, but we have a solid group with experience coming back.”

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