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Grangers ease past Blue Devils

By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor

October 4, 2013

The LaGrange Grangers put this one away early.


Facing Columbus Friday night on homecoming night at Callaway Stadium, the Grangers rolled to a 58-7 victory in the Region 5-AAAA matchup.


The Grangers (2-3 overall) improved to 2-0 in the region, while Columbus (1-4) fell to 0-2 in region play.


The Grangers marched 69 yards on their first possession for a touchdown, and the rout was on.


Tavone Rivers, a wide receiver, put the ball deep in Columbus territory with a 21-yard run, and the senior capped the drive with a 3-yard scoring run.


The Grangers nearly went the length of the field in one play for their second touchdown.


They were backed up to their own 15-yard line when Wynton Heard found Mon Denson for a short screen pass, and the junior running back did the rest, taking the ball the distance for an 85-yard touchdown, and Taylor Stanford’s extra point pushed the lead to 13-0.


LaGrange’s next drive lasted just one play thanks to Rivers, who beat the Columbus defense for a 55-yard touchdown run, and it was a 19-0 game after the first quarter.


The Grangers were forced into a punting situation on their next possession, but that even turned into a touchdown.


Punter Gus Golden took the snap, but instead of kicking, he threw a short pass to running back Benny Gray, and it turned into a 44-yard touchdown, and the lead was 25-0 with 10:35 left in the half.


LaGrange’s quick-strike offense was on display again on the next possession, with Gray taking a handoff and racing 56 yards for the touchdown, and the lead was 32-0 with Stanford’s extra point.


LaGrange’s defense got into the act later in the quarter, with Mike Hardy picking off a pass and going nearly the length of the field for the touchdown.


The Grangers weren’t done.


With less than a minute left in the half, Gray raced untouched for a 41-yard touchdown run, and Nathan Patton made the extra point, and it was a 46-0 lead at the half.


In the third quarter, backup quarterback Ahmad Ogletree added to the lead with a 25-yard touchdown run.


Columbus scored its lone touchdown early in the fourth quarter, and Kimani Barnes capped the scoring for LaGrange with a 28-yard scoring run as time expired.


“We played everybody, including a bunch of freshman, and that’s huge,” LaGrange head coach Donnie Branch said. “You need a team victory where a bunch of guys get to play.”