Grangers look for first win
By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor
After a week off, the LaGrange Grangers will hit the road this week as they look for their breakthrough first win.
LaGrange has opened the season with back-to-back losses to Newnan and Harris County, and it will be on the road against Thomson on Friday.
Thomson is also 0-2, although it was trailing 21-0 in its season opener against Burke County when the game was called because of lightning.
Because the game was only in the second quarter, it wasn’t an official game, so it doesn’t go down as a loss for Thomson.
LaGrange began its season with a 42-20 loss to Newnan, and it then fell to Harris County 38-27.
LaGrange had a 27-10 lead heading into the fourth quarter against Harris County before giving up 28 straight points.
LaGrange head coach Donnie Branch did feel the players understood what they did wrong after watching the game film.
“The positive is, I think they saw it,” Branch said. “I think they absolutely saw it.”
LaGrange also gave up 28 consecutive points to Newnan in the second half.
LaGrange should receive a lift this week with the return of quarterback Zach Giddens, who missed the first two games while recovering from offseason surgery.
Giddens was the starter last season, and he led an offense that averaged more than 30 points per game.
Also this week, Callaway is back on the field after its second off week of the season.
Callaway opened the season with a 34-0 win over Heard County before taking the next week off.
Callaway then held off Troup 34-21 before taking another week off.
The Cavaliers will get back at it Friday night against Harris County at Callaway Stadium, and they won’t take another week off until the season is over.
Harris County heads into the game riding high after winning two straight games to improve to 2-1.
The Tigers lost to Houston County 25-14 in their season opener, and it looked like they were going to drop another one after carrying a 17-point deficit into the fourth quarter against LaGrange.
Harris County staged a big-time comeback against LaGrange, though, and it continued the momentum with a 30-20 win over Veterans last week.
Troup (1-2) is off this week after falling to Newnan 17-7 on Friday.
Troup will host Alexander on Sept. 27 in its Region 5-AAAA opener.
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