High School Football Tour: Lamar County (AL)

Lamar County HS Bulldogs (AL)

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VERNON, Alabama (WCBI Sports) - It’s a powerhouse high school football team in Vernon.

Lamar County is the second-oldest team still playing in Alabama, starting in 1917. The modern-day Bulldogs have reached the playoffs five out of the last six seasons.

DIVISION 2A | REG 4
HEAD COACH: KEN ADAMS
Aug 22 S Lamar away
Aug 29 Brilliant away
Sept 5 American Christ.* home
Sept 12 Aliceville* away
Sept 19
Sept 26 Sulligent* home
Oct 3 Hale County* home
Oct 10 Greene Co* away
Oct 17 Gordo* home
Oct 24 Greensboro* away
Oct 30 Winfield home
*District games

“You want that pressure. If you have that, you’ve done a pretty good job with your town,” eighth-year head coach Ken Adams said. “We don’t just want to make it to the playoffs, we want to get past the third round. I’d rather be here where they expect you to win.”

Lamar County is coming off a season in which it won its region and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. It sounds successful, but the bar is set much higher.

“I think we have a good chance of going farther than we did last year,” junior tight end Jeremy Denton said.

Defensively, Lamar County returns eight of 11 starters.

“I’m excited about the senior leadership we have,” defensive coordinator Justin Lann said.

The recipe for success offensively hasn’t changed in a while. Run it down the opposing team’s throat. Lots of option plays, everything is based around the ground attack.

“These guys know exactly what we’re going to do and pretty much everyone we play does,” Adams said. “It doesn’t matter what we do, it’s how well we do it.”

The Bulldogs move up to 3A this season, though there are still some similar teams like Aliceville from their 2A division.

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