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Geiger’s Counter: The football outlook has changed

With two regular season games left in the high school season and the college football season two-thirds complete, the outlook has changed for the most followed local teams How do things shake out now? Lamar County Trojans: The Trojans played what was supposed to be the stiffest test left on its schedule Friday night when they hosted the Bleckley County Royals and superstar quarterback Tavon Ross. However, the Trojans spent the night separating Ross and his teammates from the football and cruised to a 39-7 win. Lamar (7-0-1, 5-0) travels to Macon County (3-5, 3-2) this week and hosts Crawford County (0-8, 0-5 in the regular season finale November 9. Bleckley, it should be noted, beat Macon County 51-0. So, barring a collapse, Lamar wins out and hosts a first round playoff game most likely facing Early County. Team speed and a stout defense should carry the Trojans to the Dome. Pike County Pirates: The Pirates, playing in Class AAA for the first season, have been a pleasant surprise. They hung tough with top-ranked Peach County this past Friday and the Trojans needed some help from the officials to escape with a hard-fought, 24-14 win. Pike is 4-4 overall and 2-2 in region play. The Pirates’ final two games are on the road at Henry County (1-8, 0-5) and Central Macon (2-6, 2-2). Win those two and the Pirates go to the playoffs as the third seed from Region 2-AAA. Their most likely opponent at present is Washington County. By any measure, this has been a successful season for the Pirates. Lamar County Trojans: The Trojans played what was supposed to be the stiffest test left on its schedule Friday night when they hosted the Bleckley County Royals and superstar quarterback Tavon Ross. However, the Trojans spent the night separating Ross and his teammates from the football and cruised to a 39-7 win. Lamar (7-0-1, 5-0) travels to Macon County (3-5, 3-2) this week and hosts Crawford County (0-8, 0-5 in the regular season finale November 9. Bleckley, it should be noted, beat Macon County 51-0. So, barring a collapse, Lamar wins out and hosts a first round playoff game most likely facing Early County. Team speed and a stout defense should carry the Trojans to the Dome. Georgia Bulldogs: Many Georgia fans, your scribe included, were shocked when the Dawgs beat #2 Florida in a sloppy game Saturday in Jacksonville. UGA (7-1, 4-1 ) now has a clear path to the SEC title game, needing only wins over Ole Miss (5-3, 2-2) and Athens and Auburn (1-7, 0-6) on the road to go back to the Dome where it will most likely get crushed by Alabama. Georgia also has out of conference games with Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech. Both are in Athens and easily winnable. Mark Richt’s team should finish 11-1, a record that seemed unthinkable after the debacle at South Carolina just three weeks ago. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: Tech has, by any standard, been a disappointment and the fan base is very frustrated with Coach Paul Johnson and his staff. Johnson fired defensive coordinated Al Groh earlier this season but things did not improve much. The Jackets have given up 39.2 points per game over the last five weeks – a stretch in which they went 1-4, losing to the likes of BYU and Middle Tennessee State. Tech has road games at Maryland, North Carolina and Georgia and a home game with surprising Duke left on the dance card. There is not an easy win among those and the Jackets could finish 3-9 or 4-8. The thought here is either finish will get Johnson fired. What do you think? Walter Geiger is editor and publisher of The Herald Gazette.

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