Sidney Lanier was able to win its first game of the season last week, thanks to some clutch play by sophomore quarterback James Foster.
Foster – 6-foot-3, 190 pounds – has offers from Mississippi State and North Carolina despite limited experience at the varsity level. On the game-winning drive in Lanier’s 23-21 win over Rehobeth, coach C.J. Harris said Foster lived up to the preseason hype.
“We’ve been asking him to meet certain standards that we have to hit to be successful as an offense. Last game we told him two touchdowns in the air, and a touchdown on the ground, and he gave us that. This week we’re asking for more,” Harris said. “If you’re going to be that big-time player, you have to step up in the big-time games. He stepped up and became a big-time quarterback. Took us down on the last drive and we went down and scored. You’re asking a 15-year-old kid to lead a team to a game-winning drive, and he did it.”
Foster will need to continue his high level of play at BTW-Tuskegee on Friday. Hopefully the team will start on the same page as they were on the final drive of last game.
“Sometimes it felt like we would take off some plays, and that’s why we were losing. On that last drive, everybody did their job. I feel like that’s why we won the game,” Foster said. “My receivers helped out a lot, caught a lot of balls and they bailed me out on some throws. The biggest thing is, everybody came together as a team and stepped up.”