By Ken K. GreenLamar County opens the 2013 season hosting the Spalding High Jaguars in the annual Border War this week. 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:Cloudy with a 30% chance of rain and temperatures in the mid to low 80s throughout the game. There will be Thunder.Pre-season scrimmage results:Lamar County beat Stone Mountain 35-6 in a pre-season scrimmage. Spalding beat Pike County 16-6.Last year:Tyler Scandrett’s 22 yard field goal with no time on the clock saved Lamar from defeat as the two teams tied 3-3 in Griffin. Spalding went on to a 2-7-1 season while the Trojans finished 12-1-1.Series:Tied 2-2-1. Lamar County won 21-12 at old Summers Field Memorial Stadium in 2002 and christened Trojan Field with a 31-0 drubbing of the Jags in 2009. Spalding won 47-15 in 2003 and 42-15 in 2008, both games in Griffin.Jaguar defense vs. Trojan offense:Gave up 21 points per game last season. The Trojans averaged 35 ppg. scoring.Jaguar offense vs. Trojan defense:Spalding scrapped its spread offense after scoring just 10 points per game last season and now employs the Wing-T. Lamar’s defense yielded 11.2.Top Spalding players:#14 Sr. RB/DB Brandon Thomas, #51 Sr. OL/LB Jake Jeffcoat and #60 OL/DL Jay Westbury.Spalding coach:Nick Davis, 2nd season 4-15-1.Rankings:Lamar County is 4th in Class AA in a composite ranking of six polls including a number two ranking by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Spalding is the 57th best team in AAAA according to Max Preps.Prediction:Lamar County 38 Spalding 7. MaxPreps has Lamar as a 23-point favorite.Notes:Friday is ‘White-Out Night’ and fans are encouraged to wear white. White ‘We Are Lamar’ shirts are available for sale from Lamar County Athletic Director Calvin Scandrett at the high school. The gates to Trojan Alley will open at 6 p.m. Friday.
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