Those that travelled to Anna on Friday night to watch North Lamar play the Coyotes had a front-row seat to history. Even though North Lamar lost the game 28-11, junior kicker Favian Morales gave the crowd something to talk about.
On their second possession of the game, the North Lamar Panthers took over at their own 29 yard line thanks to an interception by Andy Kirk. After a heavy dose of running from Kobey Emeyabbi, Seth Parker and Kirk, North Lamar had the ball at the Anna 35 yard line.
Facing a fourth down and 12, North Lamar lined up for a 52 yard field goal attempt. However, an illegal substitution penalty backed the Panthers up five yards to the 40. Without hesitation, head coach Aaron Emeyabbi left his junior kicker on the field.
Morales calmly kicked the ball through the uprights from 57 yards out, easily shattering his own school record. Morales knocked in a 48 yard field goal last season against Crandall.
The Panthers defense helped preserve the lead until late in the second quarter, when Anna would score their first touchdown. The Panthers defense had three interceptions in the game, including two from Kirk. Ethan Allison had the third one for the Panthers.
The Panthers defense held Anna to only 19 yards of offense in the first quarter and 88 for the half. The Coyotes only managed 291 total yards against the stingy Panther defense. Offensively, North Lamar finished with 228 yards of total offense. For the first time all season, it was the penalties that hurt North Lamar. The Panthers finished the game with 15 for 144 yards, with seven of them coming on the offensive side of the ball.
The lone touchdown for North Lamar came in the fourth quarter when Emeyabbi hit Parker on a screen pass. Parker took the ball up the gut of the defense for a 37 yard touchdown. Emeyabbi ran the ball in for the two-point conversion. Emeyabbi led the team with 70 yards on the ground. He also threw for 53 yards. Kirk finished with 45 yards rushing while Trenton Smith had 41 on the ground.
North Lamar is back at R.L. Maddox stadium next Friday night as they host the Celina Bobcats.
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