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Lamar-NE Macon preview

By Ken K. Green Lamar County celebrates Homecoming 2012 this week hosting Northeast Macon. The Trojans are 3-0-1 on the season while the Raiders are unbeaten at 4-0. Both schools are 1-0 in Region 4-AA 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 clear with no chance of precipitation. The temperature will be in the low 70’s at kick-off and drop to the mid-60s by the end of the game. WARNING: A Big Blue Thunderstorm is expected to strike at 7:30 and leave any raiders of Thunder Alley obliterated in its wake. Last week: Lamar County beat Taylor County 15-0 in Butler. Northeast won 24-0 in Monticello. Northeast other opponents: The Raiders have wins over Twiggs County (48-6), Central Macon (21-0) and Southwest Macon (21-6). Series: Lamar County leads the short series 2-0 winning 48-0 here last year. The Trojans beat Northeast 21-13 in Macon in 2010. Raider defense: Ranks third in the state allowing just 3 points per game. (Lamar scores an average 25 ppg.) Raider offense: Scoring 28.5 points per game. (The Trojans are yielding 10 ppg.) Top players: QB Davion Anderson, RB Kentrelle Curry, RB Darius Jackson, WR Drake White Raider coach: Bruce Mullen, 9th season, all at Northeast (47-41). Rankings: Lamar County is ranked 6th by the AP, 7th by the AJC, 9th by MaxPreps and 15th by Maxwell Ratings. Northeast is ranked 20nd by MaxPreps and 23rd by Maxwell. Prediction: Maxwell Ratings calls the Trojans a 4 point favorite. What you should know: While Northeast has given up only 12 points in four games, and its average of 3.0 per game is the third-best total in the state, the Raiders are led by RBs Curry and Jackson, who each have 100-yard games this season, and Anderson, who threw three touchdown passes in a victory over Monticello last week. The winner will be the only remaining team in 4-AA that has not lost a game this season and the favorite to win the region title, although Bleckley County and Macon County are unbeaten in region play. Lamar County is the defending region champion; Northeast’s last title came in 2009.

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