By Walter GeigerThe Lamar County Trojans closed out 10 days of spring practice in pads last week without conducting a public spring scrimmage.’With the GHSA allowing only a limited number of padded contact opportunities, I decided a 10th day of practice was more valuable to us. We will be able to get a better feel of where we are July 19 when we have a controlled session with Crawford County and Central Macon,’ head coach John Flath reported.Flath reports the culture on his team is changing after his initial season at the helm in which LC went 1-9 overall and 1-4 in region competition.’Their commitment and accountability are improving. Ultimately, our goal as a coaching staff is to have a lasting positive impact on the young people we work with Years from now, we want them to be great husbands, fathers, employers and employees. I don’t know if there is a better vehicle than the game of football to accomplish that. The things it takes to be a man of character are the same things it takes to be a great football team,’ Flath continued.Attendance at spring drills averaged about 40 and 30 players were there every day.’There is a strong work ethic and positive energy. We are getting bigger, stronger and faster. Each day our understanding and execution have improved,’ Flath said.The Trojans will work three days a week during June and go to a few camps. They will work four days a week after July 4.The final tuneup is a scrimmage at Putnam County Aug. 10. Regular season play begins Aug. 17 at Mt. Zion of Carroll County.The home opener is Aug. 24 against Greenville. Pike County returns to the schedule and plays here Sept. 4. The other non-region opponent is ACE Academy which the Trojans play on the road Aug. 31.The usual region opponents are Jordan, Spencer, Callaway, Heard and Temple. Also now on the region slate is Bremen whom the Trojans host Oct. 19. Though there was no wholesale region realignment, GHSA inexplicably dropped Bremen down to AA from AAA without a hardship explanation.It’s not like the Blue Devils were struggling. They went 9-1, losing to Lovett in the first round of the playoffs last season. The Lady Blue Devils were a final four team in the Class AAA soccer playoffs. They also fielded playoff teams in softball and boys basketball.
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