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Home field advantage has been one of the longest standing advantages for football teams, but Lamar Schoolâ€™s Mac Barnes begs to differ.
â€śStarting on the road just means you donâ€™t have to mark the field,â€ť Barnes said with a laugh. â€śIt really isnâ€™t that big of a deal for us because we are a pretty good road team. We donâ€™t even think about it other than you have a longer drive to get to the field.â€ť
Good thing Barnes and his Raiders are not concerned about traveling because they will be doing just that as they open the 2014 campaignÂ Friday nightÂ at Starkville Academy.
Putting aside the travel logistics, this weekâ€™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.
â€śI know Starkville Academy has a lot of starters back so they bring a lot more experience than when we played them last year,â€ť Barnes said. â€śWe are looking for a really good football game.â€ť
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 â€śsolid groupâ€ť including 11 starters.
â€śWe are coming off a state championship year which was a pretty special year,â€ť Barnes said. â€śWe lost some really good players, but we have a solid group with experience coming back.â€ť
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