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Beauregard defeats Wenonah for 5A state title
By Morgan Bryce
The Beauregard High School Hornets made history last Thursday night, winning not only their first state championship, but also bringing home Lee County’s first ever AHSAA championship.
Beauregard relied heavily on the legs of their star running back La’Damian Webb, who rushed 51 times for 359 yards and 5 touchdowns. His performance not only garnered him the game’s MVP award, but he broke the single-season touchdown-scoring record, posting 47 touchdowns this season.
Starting its program in 1963, it took nearly 30 seasons before Beauregard played in its first playoff game in 1993. Two years later, they won their first playoff game, a 20-0 win over Pike County.
In 2011, Beauregard notched its first 10-win season, and in the following year, clinched their first region title.
Coach Rob Carter took over for longtime Beauregard Coach Smitty Grider in 2014, and has guided Beauregard to a 31-5 record during his three-year tenure. This season’s 13-1 record, as well as school-record 666 points scored, are all historical marks for the program.