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PLAYOFFS: Trojans battle Hornets Friday

By Walter Geiger The Lamar County Trojans closed out the regular season last week with a 54-0 blowout of the Crawford County Eagles but the sledding gets much tougher this week when the Cook County Hornets come to town for a first round playoff game Friday at Trojan Field. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Cook is 7-3 but those three losses came against rivals in Region 1-AA – the region considered by many to be the toughest in the classification. The Hornets, coached by Ken Cofer, certainly have the respect and attention of Trojan head coach Franklin Stephens and his staff. ’It’s a tough draw. They were ranked until losing to Early County this past week. It is going to be a heck of a test. They play tough football in that region. Cook is athletic, fast and they have some size,’ Stephens said of the Hornets. Cook lost to Early County 27-22 last week in a minor upset. But, the Hornets score at a clip of 30.9 points per game and put up 115 points while giving up only 16 in three early season wins over Worth County, Crisp County and Dougherty County – all AAAA teams – to start the season. Those teams went 8-22, however, and only Worth made the playoffs. The Hornet defense is giving up only 14 points per game but gave up points at twice that rate over its last three games – two of which were losses. The Trojans, by comparison, average 37.2 points per game while allowing only 7.1. It should be a monumental battle. For tickets, call LCCHS at 770-358-8641.

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