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What they’re saying about Lamar-BC game

The Lamar County Trojans (10-0-1) host the Benedictine Cadets (8-3) Friday in the second round of the GHSA Class AA football playoffs. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Trojan Field. The game has garnered considerable media attention. From http://www.savannahnow.com By Dennis Knight Last Friday was memorable for three local football teams that went on the road and came away with hard-fought playoff victories. Now all three will have even tougher tests for a chance to extend their seasons. Benedictine looked impressive in a win over Laney as the Cadets won their first playoff game since 1996. Now BC (8-3) makes the long trip to middle Georgia to face Lamar County (10-0-1), ranked fourth in the state among Class AA teams. Lamar County has prospered under the guidance of first-year coach Franklin Stephens, who led Tucker to a 15-0 season and the Class AAAA state title last year. The Trojans run the wing-T with junior twins Lance and Lawrence Austin leading the way. Lance Austin plays quarterback and has rushed for 517 yards and eight touchdowns. Lawrence Austin is a running back and the team’s leading rusher with 1,032 yards and 11 touchdowns. The Trojan defense is the top-ranked group among Class AA teams, allowing just seven points a game while posting five shutouts. ’They have got a ton of speed at a lot of positions,’ BC coach Danny Britt said. ‘And they’ve got the No. 1 defense of any Class AA team. They move to the ball well and have three good-size lineman in a 3-4 scheme.’ Britt has connections with Lamar County. He was teammates with principal Derick Austin (father of the twins) and Stephens at Georgia Southern in the early 1990s. Benedictine has been playing excellent football all season. The Cadets’ three losses have come by an average of 4.6 points. Last week, sophomore quarterback Stevie Powers had another solid outing with 160 yards passing including a scoring pass to Brad Stewart. Joseph Holguin also helped the passing game with some great catches. ’Our guys feel like we can compete with anybody,’ Britt said. ‘They just keep on fighting and surviving ‘” then they see who is the next up and they will find a way to stay in the game.’ The BC defense, ranked fifth in Class AA in allowing 11 points a game, held Laney to 14 points below its average scoring output. ’We are 14 points away from being undefeated,’ senior linebacker Andrew McNulty said. ’There were a lot of people at the Laney game, but our fans traveled well. It was a crazy atmosphere, but we took care of business. We enjoyed that win, now we’re focused on Lamar County. They have a lot speed, but it’s nothing we haven’t seen or can’t stop.’ From http://www.ghsfdaily.com/ Benedictine at Lamar County When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Trojan Field, Barnesville Records, rankings: Benedictine is 8-3, the No. 3 seed from Region 2-AA and unranked; Lamar County is 10-0-1, the No. 1 seed from 4-AA and ranked No. 5. Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting. Three things to know: 1. Benedictine won its first playoff game since 1996 last week with a 24-20 victory over Laney. It broke a seven-game losing streak in the postseason. RB Chance Jackson rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries. 2. Lamar County rushed for 356 yards and attempted only three passes in a 51-13 victory over Cook. Antwan Wallace (five rushes, 90 yards, two touchdowns) led four players with between 60 and 90 yards on the ground out of the wing-T offense. The victory put Lamar County within a game of reaching the quarterfinals for the second consecutive season. 3. Lamar County coach Franklin Stephens and Benedictine coach Danny Britt are graduates of Georgia Southern. Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Lamar County by 13 Winner plays: Lovett/Manchester winner

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