The LaGrange Grangers made things interesting, but in the end, they were unable to pull off what would have been a terrific comeback victory over the homestanding Thomson Bulldogs
The Grangers trailed 31-12 in the second half, but with quarterback Wynton Heard leading the way, they got within three points with a little more than a minute remaining.
LaGrange was unable to recover the onside kick, though, and Thomson was able to run out the clock and secure a 31-28 victory.
LaGrange fell to 0-3 heading into next week’s Region 5-AAAA opener against Shaw in Columbus.
It was a 24-12 game at the half, but Thomson scored a touchdown in the third quarter to push that lead to 31-12.
LaGrange responded with a 10-play, 69-yard drive, with Shevondre Maddox scoring on a 6-yard touchdown run with 4:03 left in the third quarter.
Heard then completed a two-point conversion pass to Dontavious Joyner, and Thomson’s lead was down to 31-20.
LaGrange added another touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
Heard completed a pair of passes to get the Grangers in scoring position, and the quarterback then scooted into the end zone from 12 yards out for the touchdown.
Heard hit Kimani Barnes for the two-point conversion, and with a little more than a minute remaining, Thomson’s lead was down to three, but the failed onside kick ended the suspense.
LaGrange trailed 17-0 in the first quarter, with Thomson taking advantage of three interceptions to build the early lead.
The Grangers got on the board in the second quarter with a 41-yard scoring run from Mon Denson, capping an eight-play, 72-yard drive.
The extra point was unsuccessful, and Harris County led 17-6 at the half.
After Thomson went ahead 24-6 in the third quarter, Heard’s 5-yard scoring pass to Tavone Rivers got the Grangers within six.
Thomson came right back with a touchdown drive of its own to go ahead 31-12, and LaGrange dominated the action the rest of the way, only to fall just short.