The score from Thursday night’s DeSoto Central-Olive Branch matchup resembled more of a basketball final than it did a football game.
The Conquistadors beat the Jaguars, 87-86, in triple overtime. Despite his team’s Week 8 loss, DeSoto running back Alan Lamar’s breakout performance created a night that won’t soon be forgotten.
The three-star running back had 55 carries for 412 yards and nine touchdowns. Lamar also threw an 18-yard touchdown pass and took a punt return 85 yards for a score. In total, the senior scored 11 of the Jaguars’ 12 touchdowns. Following Lamar’s last TD in the third overtime (a score from 3 yards out), DeSoto Central trailed Olive Branch by one. The Jaguars went for the 2-point conversation and the win, but Lamar was stopped short of the goal line.
The running back also tallied five tackles and a 60-yard kickoff return. His nine rushing touchdowns ties the state record, which was last matched by former Pearl running back Jordan Wright against Bastrop (La.) in 2014. Lamar currently leads Mississippi in rushing with 1,881 yards and 32 touchdowns. The three-star prospect has a 4.40 GPA and holds offers from the likes of Air Force, Navy and Yale.
Olive Branch quarterback Brady Burse also had a banner night with eight touchdown passes. Burse is tied for third in Mississippi high school football history for most single-game touchdown passes thrown.
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