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What they’re saying about tonight’s game

The Lamar County Trojans host the Cook County Hornets tonight in a first round game in the GHSA Class AA state playoffs. The game has been tabbed as the first round’s best matchup. Here’s what they are saying… From Georgia High School Football Daily: Cook (7-3) at Lamar County (9-0-1) - Lamar County is 9-0 since a 3-3 tie in its opening game, which was the debut of former Tucker coach Franklin Stephens. Lamar County is 19-0-1 the past two years in the regular season. - Lamar’s best state finishes are the quarterfinals in 2000 and 2011. - Cook has won 10 road playoff games since 2000. Only Lovett, also with 10, can match that record. Four of Cook’s road wins have come in the first round. - Cook beat Lamar County 27-26 in the 2000 Class AA quarterfinals in the only prior meeting between these schools. - Cook is 15th in scoring offense (30.9) and 12th in scoring defense (14.0) against a schedule that is ranked 13th among 62 teams in Class AA. Lamar County is fifth in scoring (37.2) and second in scoring defense (7.4) against a schedule that is 27th. Both Todd Holcomb and Chip Saye of GHSFD pick Lamar to win. From the Macon Telegraph: Lamar County (9-0-1) Head coach: Franklin Stephens. Region seed: No. 1 in Region 4-AA. Playoff opponent: vs. Cook (7-3). Key wins: Bleckley County, Northeast, Pike County. Key players: RB Lawrence Austin, Jr. (970 yards, 10 touchdowns); QB Lance Austin, Jr. (434 rushing yards, 6 touchdowns; 475 passing yards, five touchdowns); WR/DB Quay Searcy, Jr. (314 receiving yards, two touchdowns, three interceptions); LB Trey Evans, Sr.; K Tyler Scandrett, Jr. Scouting report: Stephens brought his version of the wing-T offense to Barnesville, and the Trojans have been really explosive on offense since scoring just three points in a tie against Spalding to open the season. The Trojans have scored fewer than 35 points in a game just once since the season opener. All of the Lamar County standouts on offense also play in the secondary on defense and are especially good at forcing turnovers.

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