by Ken K. GreenLamar County will travel to Macon Friday to take on Southwest Macon. The Trojans are 7-0 and in first place in Region 4-AA at 5-0 while the Patriots are 3-3 overall and 2-2 in region play. Lamar is averaging 38 points per game while allowing 12.When and Where: Friday 7:30 p.m. at Brad Henderson Memorial Stadium in Macon. To Get There: Take I-75 S. to I-475 S. Take Exit 5 (GA-74) and turn left onto Mercer University Dr./Thomaston Rd. Follow Mercer U. Dr. to Anthony Dr. Turn right onto Anthony Dr. The stadium will be on the right. It’s a 38 mile trip that takes approximately 55 minutes to drive. Weather: Mostly clear with little to no chance of precipitation. The temperature will be around 70 at kick-off and drop to around 60 by the end of the game. WARNING: A category 7-0 Blue Thunderstorm will hit Macon hard at game time and remain throughout the evening. What’s at stake: For Lamar, a win will clinch no worse than a second place finish in the region and a first round home playoff berth for the third straight year. For Southwest, a win keeps the Patriots playoff hopes alive. Last week: Southwest lost to Monticello 43-20. Lamar County beat Crawford County 47-6. Common opponents: Southwest lost to Putnam County 34-6 and beat Crawford County 12-0. Series: This is the second meeting between the two schools. Lamar won last year 29-12 at Trojan Field. Patriot defense: Five-man front allowing 19 points per game. Patriot offense: I-formation scoring 17.5 points per game. Top players: Jatarius Miller (QB), Darrell Dunn (RB), Tony Whitehead (WR) and Jamario Clark (DB). Patriot coach: Carror Wright, 5th season at Southwest (21-27), 16th overall (Terrell County, Northeast Macon and Dougherty (80-90) Prediction: Maxwell ratings has the the Trojans an 18 point favorite. The Trojans are ranked #13 in Class AA by Maxpreps.com while the Patriots are ranked #48 (out of 79 schools). What you should know: If traveling to the game, take into consideration Macon rush hour traffic. The Stadium has a huge parking lot ideal for tailgating. What Lamar Head Coach Jason Strickland says: “As long as Southwest has head coach Carror Wright walking along their sidelines I will think they are scary. Coach Wright always seems to get his kids to play above their head. One thing is certain, his teams will be physical and will do a great job at the fundamentals of the game. They are throwing a bit more than we have seen them do in the past but they are built around running the ball in a very physical style. Defensively they are very athletic. They have played much better at home this year than they have on the road. We know going there will be a big challenge. It is a stadium our guys have never played in so we will have to adjust to an unfamiliar environment in a hurry”.
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