October 25, 2013
TYRONE - The LaGrange Grangers were unable to keep pace with the powerful Sandy Creek Patriots Friday night.
The Patriots, the state’s top-ranked Class AAAA team and the defending state champion, built a 35-0 halftime lead on the way to a 42-7 victory.
LaGrange now turns its attention to next week’s showdown against Troup.
The Grangers (3-5 overall) are 3-2 in Region 5-AAAA, and they’ll have to beat the Tigers to have a chance to make the playoffs.
Playing Sandy Creek is a tall task for anyone.
The Patriots have won state championships in three of the past four seasons, and they haven’t lost a regular-season game since the opening week of the 2009 season.
Sandy Creek scored on its opening possession Friday night, and it went on to dominate the first half on both sides of the ball.
The Grangers did play the Patriots much tougher in the second half.
The Grangers nearly broke through early in the third quarter after a long Mon Denson run put the ball on the 10-yard line, but they couldn’t put any points on the board.
Later in the quarter, LaGrange did score.
Corey Perkins picked off a pass and returned it to the Sandy Creek 7-yard line, and running back Benny Gray scored on the next play.
Taylor Stanford made the extra point, and it was a 35-7 game through three quarters.
It looked like LaGrange’s defense might not allow a point in the second half, but Sandy Creek scored on the game’s final play.