The LaGrange Grangers were unable to pull off a road win Friday night, with the Alexander Cougars using a dominant offensive effort to take a 33-19 victory.
The Grangers (2-4 overall) fell to 2-1 in Region 5-AAAA, while Alexander (4-2) is also 2-1 in the region.
Leading 6-0 at the half, the Cougars scored four more touchdowns in the second half to hold off a LaGrange comeback.
Running back Mikell Lands-Davis did a lot of the damage for Alexander, while Mon Denson and Benny Gray combined for three touchdown runs for LaGrange.
“Defensively, we got pounded in the second half. Our lack of depth on defense really came back to bite us,” LaGrange head caoch Donnie Branch said. ” We couldn’t tackle the running back. He’s good. We knew he was good. The minute we got tired, we really couldn’t tackle him. They just kind of beat us down. Offensively, we got it going in the second half, but defensively we couldn’t stop them. They just physically beat us down.”
LaGrange moved the ball well in the second half.
Denson had touchdown runs of 70 and 30 yards, and Gray had a 26-yard scoring run.
Alexander’s offense was also performing well, though, and LaGrange didn’t help itself with some costly turnovers, includnig two on the final two possessions of the game.
The Grangers’ last-gap effort ended with a fumble in Alexander territory in the final minutes of the game.
The Cougars were able to run out the clock after the final turnover to claim a big region win.
LaGrange will try to get back on track next week with a home game against Fayette County.
It’s an important game for the Grangers’ playoff hopes since they end the season with games against Sandy Creek, Troup and Carrollton.