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Inside the Numbers

FootballGreg Higgins
(Photo by Maddy Routon) Julique Franklin with a 98 yard kickoff return for a TD.

(Photo by Maddy Routon) Julique Franklin with a 98 yard kickoff return for a TD.

The North Lamar Panthers have some of the same weapons on offense as they had last year. However, the offensive numbers have soared in the first four games this year. Part of that is probably attributed to the new scheme the Panthers are running, but also due to the players buying into the system.

Against Commerce, Whitesboro, S&S and Anna, the Panthers have put up nearly 550 yards of total offense per game. Last season, against the same four teams, North Lamar averaged just over 330 yards per contest.  North Lamar is also averaging 22 more points per game than last season at this time.

Statistically, the Panthers best quarter scoring is the second. North Lamar is averaging just over 15 points during the second quarter. This also includes not scoring at all in the second quarter against Anna. Their worst quarter is the fourth with only 10.25 points per game. However, this is usually because of a big lead and trying to run out the clock late in the game. It's also important to note that two of the Panther touchdowns have not come on offense. Trey Scudder had an interception return for a score against Commerce, and Julique Franklin had a 98 yard kick off return last week against Anna.

North Lamar's offense is well rounded too. Of the 545 yards per game, 318 of them have been on the ground. The rest are coming through the air. The running attack has been primarily Versache Buchanan and Javon Franklin. However, Tyler Hill has provided some much needed offense at times for North Lamar. The air attack has been a combination of Julique and Javon, along with Sam Cowling, Menderiz Gray and Hill.

North Lamar will try to continue their offensive explosion this weekend as Van rolls into town. Kickoff is set for 7:30 at R.L. Maddox Stadium.