Big night for LaGrange

By Kevin Eckleberry

April 11, 2014

The LaGrange Grangers completed an unblemished trip through their Region 5-AAAA schedule with a 3-0 victory over the rival Troup Tigers Friday night at Callaway Stadium.

The Grangers not only went 7-0 in the region, but they only allowed one goal in the process.

Friday’s game was scoreless through the first half, but the Grangers scored two quick goals early in the second half, and they added another goal late in the game to cap the scoring.

LaGrange had already secured the region title with a win over Columbus, but the players wanted to make sure to finish the region schedule with a flourish.

“It’s the best feeling we could feel right now,” senior Jay Free said. “We beat Columbus and won the region, but this was just great.”

The Grangers broke the scoreless deadlock early in the second half on a goal by Griffin Bartley, and Bartley scored again moments later to push the lead to 2-0.

The Grangers thought they had scored twice more, but both goals were disallowed by offsides penalties.

With time running down, the Grangers did notch a third goal, with Jackson Fagundes doing the honors.

“We knew we could come out better in the second half, and we did,” Fagundes said.

Bartley, Fagundes and Yimmi Posada each had assists.

LaGrange coach Keita Placide, whose teams always have a tough time against, wasn’t surprised that Friday’s game was so competitive in the first half.

“Troup brought their game. I always expect them to step up their level,” Placide said. “The second half, we got our wind. We started playing at a higher level.”

In Friday’s girls’ game, LaGrange blanked Troup 8-0.

Reagan Peters paced LaGrange with four goals, and Lauren Robinson, Alex Davison and Tori Willis also had goals.

Robinson had a pair of assists, and Peters, Davison and Willis also had assists.

OF NOTE: For more on Friday’s games, see Monday’s print edition and