Giddens set for return

By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor

September 9, 2013

When the LaGrange Grangers play their next game, a familiar face will be taking the snaps.

Zach Giddens, who enjoyed a terrific season as the Grangers’ quarterback in 2012, missed the first two games of this season while recovering from off-season surgery.

When LaGrange takes on Thomson on Sept. 21, though, Giddens is expected to be back at quarterback.

Wynton Heard, who filled in nicely for Giddens against Newnan and Harris County, will shift to wide receiver, although head coach Donnie Branch said he will still spend some time at quarterback.

“We plan on Wynton continuing to play some quarterback,” Branch said. “He gives us another dimension (as a runner). But we think he can really help us at receiver. He gives us another weapon. We feel really good about it.”

Giddens played some as a sophomore, and in 2012 he became the full-time starter, and he had a big season running the team’s spread offense.

Giddens threw for close to 3,000 yards last season and averaged more than two touchdown passes a game, and he had two huge games in the playoffs.

Giddens had surgery in July, and the timetable for his return was around five to eight weeks, and as it turns out he’ll only miss two regular-season games.

Heard played well in Giddens’ absence.

In Friday’s 38-27 loss to Harris County, Heard had a 72-yard touchdown run, and he also threw scoring passes to Tavone Rivers and Quan Delaney.

Branch believes Heard’s stint at quarterback will help him be a more effective wide receiver.

“I think he’s figured out by playing quarterback, that he can turn it up and survive,” Branch said. “Sometimes at receiver, you run sideways too much. (At quarterback) he’s run north and south in both games, and he lived to tell about it.”

UP NEXT: LaGrange is off this week, and it will be on the road for its next game against Thomson on Sept. 20.

In last year’s game, LaGrange put up big offensive numbers, but it was unable to stop Thomson en route to a 49-42 loss.