By Ken K. GreenLamar County and Pike County meet in the 29th renewal of the Battle of Potato Creek this week. The Trojans are 1-0-1 for the season while the Pirates are 1-1. It is no longer a region game as Pike moved up to AAA in the GHSA’s bi-annual reclassification but it’s still a fierce rivalry for the two schools a mere 12 miles apart.The winner earns bragging rights for the next year along with the navy and red Creek jersey.When and Where:Friday 7:30 p.m. at Trojan Field.Tickets:All tickets $7 at the gate. Unlimited advanced tickets for the general public for $7 available at Slice’s on Main Street through one o’clock Friday. Advanced discounted tickets for Lamar County School System students, faculty and staff (one per person) only for $5 available at all four schools through one o’clock Friday.Weather:Mostly clear with no chance of precipitation. The temperature will be in the mid 70’s at kick-off and around 70 at game’˜s end. WARNING: A Big Blue storm is making its way up Potato Creek and will wreak havoc on any pirate ships entering Thunder Alley.Common opponents:The Pirates beat Upson-Lee 40-39 in the season opener while the Trojans dismantled the Knights 48-3 in a pre-season scrimmage. Lamar tied Spalding 3-3 to open the season while Pike lost 25-13 to the Jaguars in their pre-season scrimmage.Last week:Lamar County beat Eagle’s Landing 41-30. Pike lost 24-0 to First Presbyterian in Macon.Series:Lamar County leads all-time 21-7 dating back to 1976 when the Trojans won 35-0 in Zebulon but the series has been more evenly matched recently as Lamar has won six of ten meetings including the last three. The Pirates last win was a 22-15 thriller in the final game played at Summers Field Memorial Stadium in 2008. Lamar won the only meeting at Trojan Field 20-17 two years ago. The Trojans won last year’s contest 19-0 in Zebulon.Pirate defense:4-4 front yielding 31.5 points per game. (Lamar averages 22 ppg.)Pirate offense:Pistol formation scoring 20 points per game. (The Trojans are yielding 16.5 ppg.)Top players:#2 Artez Oglesby (Jr. RB/DB), #33 Tony Anthony (Sr. RB/DB), #34 Jess Devoursney Sr. TE/LB), #67 Matt Stone (Sr. OL/DL).Pirate coach:Brad Webber, 2nd year (6-6).Rankings:Lamar County is ranked 7th by the AP, 8th by MaxPreps, 10th by the AJC and 16th by Maxwell Ratings. Pike is ranked 32nd by MaxPreps and 36th by Maxwell.Prediction:Maxwell Ratings has the the Trojans a 12 point favorite.What you should know:It’s Blue Thunder Night and all fans are asked to wear blue.What Trojan Coach Franklin Stephens says:Pike is a good football team. They have a tremendous offense which is very balanced between the run and pass out of a variety of spread sets. I can’t stress enough about the play makers that do a tremendous job when they touch the ball. Defensively, they are a physical team that creates a lot of disruption with blitzes.