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.”