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By Ken K. Green Lamar County can claim its third 4-AA title in as many years with a win over Macon County Friday night at Thunder Alley. The Trojans remain undefeated at 8-0 overall and 5-0 in region play while the Bulldog are 6-2, 4-1. When and Where: Friday 7:30 p.m. at Trojan Field. Tickets: All tickets $7 at the gate. 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: After a stormy day, the clouds and chance of rain will diminish with temperatures in the mid-60s throughout the game. Although the chance of precipitation will go from about 20% at kickoff to practically nil by game’s end, the Thunder will roll. Last week: The Trojans pummeled Bleckley County 44-7 in Cochran. The Bulldogs beat Monticello 31-18 and boast wins over wins over Northeast (10-0), Putnam County (23-20), Crawford County (51-0), Americus-Sumter (18-7) and Dooly County (33-18). MaCo’s losses came at the hands of 4-AA foe Bleckley County (42-21) and AAA heavyweight Peach County (17-14). Last year: The Trojans claimed their second consecutive region title with a 36-14 win over the Bulldogs in Montezuma. Lance scored a pair of touchdowns and Lawrence rushed 12 times for 150 yards and a score. Macon County went on to a 4-7 season finishing 4th in region and losing in the first round of the state playoffs. Series: The Trojans have won the last two meetings but trail the series, which began in 1974, 8-5. MaCo’s last win, 20-0 in Montezuma in 2008, was last of a six game winning streak. Lamar won last meeting in Barnesville 39-20 in 2009. The Trojans were 0-2 vs. Douglass HS (1978-79) which closed to consolidate with Macon County in 1995. Trojan offense vs. Macon County defense: Lamar is scoring 43.6 points per game while the Bulldogs are yielding 15.3. Macon County offense vs. Trojan defense: The Bulldogs are averaging 25.1 points per game while Lamar yields 11.9. Top Bulldog players: Junior linebacker Roquan Smith (#1), who has 500 yards receiving on offense, spearheads the Bulldog defense. MaCo’s offense is led by a pair of freshmen in quarterback K’hari Lane (#2) who has thrown for over 1000 yards and running back Jared Daniels (#21) who has 400 yards rushing along with junior running back Devonte Hudson (#5) who has accounted for 600 yards of total offense. Macon County coach: Larry Harold in his 2nd season is 10-9. Rankings: Lamar County is tied for 2nd in Class AA in a composite ranking of six polls including a number one ranking by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Georgia Sports Writers Association. Macon County is the 24th best team in AA according to Max Preps. Prediction: Lamar County 41 Macon County 13. The Trojans are 30 point favorites per Maxwell Ratings.

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