#24 Indian River RB Tony Highter (Photo: Danny Haymond/recruit757)
Lamareon James leads Indian River with three touchdowns
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Indian River was still feeling the sting of a loss to Northeastern as they took the field Friday night against King’s Fork. The Braves gave up a late lead in their opener. There would be no such let down against King’s Fork.
King’s Fork took an early lead with tailback Leo Wethington scoring on a three-yard run. The Braves answered with a Lamareon James one-yard touchdown run with 14 seconds left in the quarter. The Braves would tack on another touchdown with a six-yard James touchdown run on their following possession.
Indian River added a touchdown in the third quarter to lead 19-6 going into the final frame, then blew the game open in the fourth quarter.
“We started off kind of sloppy in the beginning, but our guys picked it up in the second quarter. A botched punt gave them the ball on the two-yard line and gave them early momentum. Our defense only gave up six tonight, I wouldn’t count the (first) one,” said Indian River head coach Marc Ferebee. “I think we did pretty well. We got the run game going as the game went on.”
Coach Ferebee explained that his defense had the motivation to force three and outs from King’s Fork. They were on the field a long time in the loss to Northeastern two weeks ago. That mission was achieved on Friday night.
Once the Braves established the run game, they could command the field and the scoreboard.
Senior running back Tony Highter rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns against King’s Fork, while UNC commit Lamareon James rushed for a pair of touchdowns and had a 28-yard reception for a third score.
“This was a big win for us because this was Coach Ferb’s first win as a head coach. I feel like that gives us motivation for the rest of our games to come out, play hard and win,” said James.
Highter (2020 RB 5-8 165) has emerged as a new option in the run game now in his senior season, and he’s thrilled with the role he is playing for his team.
“I feel like I came out here and did the best that I could. It felt great to know that coach trusts me enough to let me get the ball as many times as I did,” Highter stated. “There’s only greater (things) to come. I’m going to keep on working.”
The win evens Indian River’s record at 1-1 and drops King’s Fork to 1-1 on the season.
The Braves play a pivotal district game next week at Nansemond River (2-0). The Warriors punished Western Branch on Friday night by a score of 51-12.
King’s Fork hosts cross-town rival Lakeland (0-2) next Friday night.
FINAL: Indian River 33, King’s Fork 12
– Andy Hilton