"Thunder and Lightning" lead Lumberton backfield

"Thunder and Lightning" lead Lumberton backfield

LUMBERTON, MS (WDAM) - Normally when a team loses a player like Dre Coleman, who rushed for over 2,500 yards and 32 touchdowns in 2016, its run game will take a step back.

Not the case for Lumberton High School this season, as freshman Robert Henry and Davion Edwards have made a name for themselves.

"I would say thunder and lightning," said Panthers head coach Zach Jones. "But it's different because Davion's a little lighter on his feet and can make you miss. And Robert can lower the boom. Both of them could be thunder and both of them could be lightning.".

"I guess I'll be thunder, I guess [Henry]'d be lightning," Edwards said. "I bring the smash, he's quick and fast."

It doesn't matter who's thunder or who's lightning, the Lumberton offense can't have one without the other.

Henry and Edwards have combined to rush for nearly 2,000 yards and 20 scores. Edwards has rushed for 706 yards and leads the Panthers with 7.2 yards per carry. Henry has racked up 1,159 yards on the ground and scored 13 touchdowns.

"I don't even worry about my size," Henry said. "I just do what I can. The line blocks real good so I just do what I can when they block good."

"Coach has just been trusting us and putting the ball in our hands," Edwards said. "Big shout out to the [offensive] line. They've been blocking, doing their job and we've just been doing what we do best."

"Those guys really, as of late, have come along," Jones said. "Give our offensive line a lot of credit too. We're blocking really good and any time you do that, your backs are going to look good. Robert and Davion are two good backs and give us a really good one-two punch. Both of them of some things that they do differently that makes us better."

Coach Zach Jones likes to run the ball, especially this time of the year. The Panthers ran for 325 yards in Friday's 38-10 playoff win over Vardaman.

Having advanced to the South State semifinals three consecutive years, Lumberton has grown accustomed to playoff football and knows what it will take to beat Resurrection for the second time this season.

"We're going to have to come out early and start busting," Henry said. "We can't just wait late. We gotta come out and finish the game strong too."

"Our mindset has been just to take care of ourselves and everybody do their job," Edwards said. "We have unfinished business."

"Win," Jones said. "And our kids know that. We have experience in November...They know what it's like, they know the pressure's a little bit more. We try not to let that bother us, we try to take it one game at a time. Like I told them, score doesn't matter at this point. We just want to have one more point at the end than the other team."