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Lamar-Bleckley Co. preview

The Lamar County Trojans play host to the Bleckley County Royals in a key region battle Friday night at Trojan Field. Georgia High School Football Daily lists the game as number one among the state’s most important games for the week. It also has Lamar as a nine-point favorite. Ken Green’s analysis follows: Lamar County hosts Bleckley County this week with sole possession of first place in Region 4-AA on the line. The Trojans are 6-0-1 for the season while the Royals are 6-1. Both teams are 4-0 in region play. 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 cloudy but little chance of rain and temperatures around 70 degrees at kick off dropping to the mid 60s by the end of the game. ADVISORY: The presence of Thunder will be loud and strong all evening as a Blue Thunderstorm strikes hard and fast on those who dare to venture up from Cochran. Last week: Lamar County beat Putnam County 51-0 in Eatonton while Bleckley County beat Taylor County 35-14 in Cochran. Bleckley County’s other opponents: The Royals have beaten Hawkinsville (31-0), Dodge County (15-8), Putnam County (54-16), Crawford County (42-7) and Macon County 51-0. Bleckley’s only loss was to West Laurens (10-7) in overtime. Series: Lamar County holds a slight advantage winning seven of the 13 games played beating Bleckley twice last year (27-14 in the season opener in Cochran and 35-14 in the first round of the state playoffs in Barnesville). The Royal’s last win was 27-19 in Barnesville in 2010. The two schools first met in 1974 when Bleckley was Cochran High School. The Trojan’s first win in the series was 32-28 in Barnesville in 1982. Royal offense: Scoring 33.6 points per game. (Lamar yielding 7.6 ppg) Royal defense: Allows 7.9 points per game. (Lamar scores 34.7 ppg) Top players: Tavon Ross-QB, Ken Hughes-RB/LB, Derrick Farrow-WR/DB, Tijea Randall-RB (Randall could miss the game after being diagnosed with a heart condition, according to published reports in Cochran) Bleckley County coach: Tracy White, 6-1 in first season. Coach White and Trojan defensive co-ordinator Jamie Abrams coached together as assistants at Dublin High School last year. Rankings: Lamar County is ranked 4th by the AP, 5th by MaxPreps 7th by the AJC, and 9th by Maxwell Ratings. Bleckley is ranked 10th by the AP, 15th by MaxPreps and 16th by Maxwell. Prediction: Maxwell Ratings has the Trojans a 9 point favorite. CalPrep projects a 26-19 Lamar County win . Game notes: Bleckley quarterback Ross, a junior, is a double threat rushing for 415 yards while passing for another 409 so far thus season. He is joined in the backfield by Hughes (8 yards per carry) and Randall (5 yards per carry). Farrow (5 yards per catch) is the top receiver but also has two carries for 104 yards and a pair of touchdowns. What Royals’ coach Tracy White says: ’It’s huge, It’s a big game, and it’s going to be a big-time atmosphere with a lot at stake. We’re looking forward to the oppotunityto go up there and play such a good team. People have been talking about this game for a long time. We just wanted to make sure we did what we had to do to get to this point. Now it’s here, and we’re going to go up there and see what we can do.’ What you should know: The winner will clinch a first round home game for the playoffs and be one win away from the Region 4-AA crown. A Trojan win would give them 200 victories in their 43 year history. It will be Rec Night as all Lamar County Recreation Department football players will be admitted free wearing their game jerseys. The first 1,000 fans through the home gate will be given a white rally rag with a navy “LC” logo on it. All fans are asked to wear blue to support the team.

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