Friday night, the North Lamar Panthers took to the field for more than just practice. For the first time since last November, the football team played at R.L. Maddox stadium. It may have only been a scrimmage but it marked the first game of 2015.
No score was kept between the visiting Prairiland Patriots and the Panthers, but their was plenty of excitement. North Lamar's freshman held an inter-squad scrimmage from 6:00 to 7:00. After they finished, the Varsity and JV teams from both North Lamar and Prairiland scrimmaged for over two hours.
The offenses were given a set number of plays to run against the other team's defense as they marched up and down the field. One notable difference for the Panthers was the strength and conditioning of the team. One of coach Billings first moves as Athletic Director was to hire a strength and conditioning coach. After a summer of working out with the students, they appear ready to tackle the football season head on.
Several starters sat out on the varsity team due to minor ailments. Since it was only a scrimmage, they felt this was better. The students would have been available had this been a meaningful game. In the meantime, there were some people that were trying to catch the coaches eyes on the field.
North Lamar will be on the field again Friday night as they travel to Daingerfield for their second and last scrimmage of the season.