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Lamar-Crawford Co. preview

By Ken K. Green Lamar County closes out the regular season this week hosting Crawford County. The Trojans are 8-0-1 overall and 6-0 in region play. The Eagles are 0-9 for the season and 0-6 in 4-AA. There will be a flag ceremony honoring veterans before the game. 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 skies, no precipitation, temperature in the low 50s at kick off. Dropping to the upper 40s by the end of the game. ADVISORY: A category 8-0-1 Blue Thunderstorm is building momentum as it eyes the state playoffs but first it will ground the Eagles at Thunder Alley Friday night. Last week: Lamar County beat Macon County 36-14 in Macon County while Crawford County lost to Taylor County 34-0. Crawford County’s other opponents: The Eagles have suffered losses to Pacelli (20-13), Putnam County (32-0), Twiggs County (41-0), Strong Rock Christian (17-14), Macon County (55-0), Bleckley County (42-7), Monticello (7-0) and Northeast Macon (34-0). Series: Lamar County leads 17-7 dating back to 1980 when they beat the Eagles 29-0 in Barnesville. The Trojans have won three in a row including a 47-6 win here last year. The Eagles last win in the series was 28-7 here in 2008. Eagle offense: Scoring 3.8 points per game. (Lamar yielding 8.2 ppg) Eagle defense: Allows 31.3 points per game. (Lamar scores 35.3 ppg) Top players: #2 Demontay Howard, Sr. QB, #10 Richard Bryant, Sr. WR, #21 J.J. Battle, So. RB Crawford County coach: Greg Street 1st year 0-9 Rankings: Lamar County is ranked 3rd by Max Preps, 4th by the Associated Press, 6th by the Atlanta Journal Constitution and 9th by Maxwell. Crawford County is ranked #57 by Maxwell and #57 by Preps. The Eagles are not ranked by the AP or AJC. Predictions: Maxwell Ratings has the Trojans a 41 point favorite. CalPrep projects a 62-0 Lamar County win. Game notes: Crawford quarterback Demontay Howard averages 80 yards per game passing. His favorite receiver is Richard Bryant averaging 11 yards per catch. Running back J.J. Battle averages 7.5 yards per carry. The Eagles have lost 32 straight games dating back to 2009. The state record for futility is 62 straight games without a win by Glascock County (1990-97). What you should know: It’s the final regular season game for Lamar County who will open the GHSA Class AA playoffs at home next week against the loser of this week’s Early County vs. Cook game. It’s also Senior Night and all senior participants in fall athletics as well as band and cheerleaders will be recognized before the game. Last week’s win at Macon County clinched the Region 4-AA title for the Trojans for the second straight year and the team will be presented the championship trophy.

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