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Trojans open season tonight

The Lamar County Trojans and the Northeast Raiders will both be breaking in new coaches when they clash tonight at Trojan Field in the season opener for both squads. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. While the game will mark the first of the John Flath era at LC, it is also the first game for the Raiders under new coach Ashley Harden for whom Flath has respect. ’Coach Harden is coming from Twiggs County where he took the Cobras to the playoffs last year. He has a track record of reviving programs, building community support and winning right away. They will be implementing new systems and, with only one scrimmage film, we know very little about them,’ Flath reported. He does know the Raiders are big in the trenches and have a bevy of athletes. Northeast will be looking to avenge last season’s 14-13 loss. Lamar led 14-7 in that game but the Raiders scored as time ran out. LC blocked the PAT to preserve the narrow win. Meanwhile, the 2017 Trojans continue to improve and Flath was glad to see some hot weather for practices last week. ’We are pleased with our progress. We’ve seen improvement each week. The open week was good for us as it was the hottest week we’ve seen. The team responded well and worked with a good tempo which will help with conditioning,’ Flath reported. Scrimmages are one thing, real games are another. The intensity increases and special teams come into play. ’We have been focused on fundamentals and are growing more comfortable with our offensive and defensive schemes. This will be our first complete game, including live kicking, and it will give us a good idea of where we stand prior to facing five straight teams that made the playoffs last season,’ Flath concluded.

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