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Crawford County game preview

by Ken K. Green Lamar County hosts Crawford County Friday night as the Trojans celebrate Homecoming 2011 in Thunder Alley. The Trojans are undefeated at 6-0 and 4-0 in Region 4-AA where they sit alone in first place and are ranked #12 in the state in AA by Maxpreps.com. The Eagles are 0-5 overall and 0-3 in region play. Crawford has been shut out four times only scoring against Jeff Davis in a 26-18 loss. The Eagles have lost 18 striaght games dating back to 2009. Lamar is averaging 36.8 points per game while yielding 13.8. When and Where: Friday 7:30 p.m. at Trojan Field Weather: Mostly clear with temperatures around 70 degrees at kick-off. Should cool off to the mid-60s by game’s end. Advisory: A category 6-0 Blue Thunderstorm will strike hard at kick-off and remain in place throughout the game. Admission: $7 at the gate. Advance tickets are available for $5 each all day Thursday and until one o’clock Friday at Lamar County High School and Middle School and at Slice’s Pizzeria on Main Street. Last week: Crawford County lost to Southwest Macon 12-0. Lamar County beat Pike County 19-0. Series: Lamar County leads all-time 16-7 dating back to 1980 when the Trojans won 29-0 in Barnesville. Crawford’s last win in the series was in 2008 when they beat Lamar 28-7 for homecoming at Summers Field Memorial Stadium. The Trojans won 29-14 last year in Roberta. Eagle defense: 4-man front giving up 32.4 points per game. Eagle offense: Shotgun-wing averaging 3.8 points per game. Top players: #5 Senior quarterback Dmarcus Searcy, #9 Senior wide receiver/strong safety Caleb Adams and #44 Junior linebacker/running back Brandon Colbert. Eagle coach: Tony Byram 18th season at Crawford County (71-117), 22nd overall (96-135) with stints at Macon County and Heard County. 3-10 overall against Lamar County. Prediction: Maxwell ratings has the Trojans a 34 point favorite. Injury report: No significant injuries following last week’s game. Some players have been limited in contact drills at practice but all are expected to play Friday night. What Lamar Head Coach Jason Strickland says: “Crawford is on a pretty tough stretch at the moment, which to me is scary. They have always had guys who could run and are physical and you know at some point they are going to get things together. They are led by a very athletic quarterback. Even though they have struggled this season, he has has been very consistent running around making plays. We will have to be very disciplined in our gap responsibility and keep him contained. Defensively, they aren’t quite as big as they have been the last couple of years but they are a physical group who is very aggressive. We have to be very balanced in our run game and make them defend the entire field. We feel like their linebacker corps is the strong part of their defense and we will have our work cut out trying to keep those guys at bay.”

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