PICKENS COUNTY, SOUTH LAMAR TO COMPETE IN IMPORTANT REGION GAME
More than just bragging rights will be on the line when South Lamar and Pickens County meet on the gridiron Friday night.
The rivalry game has had playoff implications the last three years, and this season is no different. The two teams will also be competing for the top spot in Class 1A, Region 6.
“We’ve got to do everything in our power to make sure we can get out of here with a win on Friday,” Pickens County coach Michael Williams said.”South Lamar makes it tough on you.”
Going into the matchup, both the Stallions and the Tornadoes are undefeated in region play. South Lamar is also undefeated overall, sporting a perfect 5-0 record. Not only have the Stallions won every game they’ve played so far this season, allowing just 4.4 points per game on defense. The Stallions have only allowed one team to score, holding the other four to zero points.
“They’ve flown to the football,” South Lamar coach Clay Gilliam said of his defense. “They’ve paid attention to defense and they’ve done a good job for us all year. They play really hard and line up correctly. I couldn’t ask for more out of them.”
South Lamar quarterback Herachio Washington has had success getting the ball in the hands of his playmakers. The Stallions’ offense has averaged 47.6 points per game and has only been held under 30 points one time.
The Pickens County defense is led by Alabama commit Jah-Marien Latham. The 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive tackle is a wrecking ball in the interior, and Williams expects him to make some plays Friday night.
“[Latham] does everything the right way,” Williams said. “It shows how good of a player he really is when Alabama comes and recruits you. He’s a great player. I can’t wait to see what he does Friday night.”
Pickens County has found successful on the offensive side of the ball this season as well, averaging nearly 43 points per game. The only time that the Tornadoes have been held under 40 points was in a 22-21 loss to Aliceville last week. Williams believes that his team has put that loss, which is the only blemish on their record this season, behind them.
“It’s more about just trying to shake off last week, getting ourselves to a point where we’re not making mistakes,” Williams said. “We should be at the point where we’re just hitting on all cylinders. We were and then we just had an off week last week. We’re doing everything we can to make sure we do the right things this week.”
South Lamar at Pickens County will kick off at 7 p.m. on Friday night.