Special night for Grangers
By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor
There was a lot going on Friday night at Callaway Stadium.
It was senior night for the LaGrange High football team, and it was also a night to honor the 2003 state-championship football team.
Most importantly, though, there was a game to play, and it was an important one for the Grangers.
After last week’s loss at Alexander, the Grangers needed to get back on track in Region 5-AAAA, and they made it happen.
Facing a Fayette County team they lost to last year, the Grangers turned the tables this season and rolled to a 36-20 victory.
LaGrange (3-4 overall) improved to 3-1 in the region heading into next week’s home showdown with Sandy Creek, the defending state champion in Class AAAA.
LaGrange’s offense had it working against Fayette County.
The one-two punch of running backs Benny Gray and Mon Denson was unstoppable, and quarterback Wynton Heard threw a couple of touchdown passes.
LaGrange head coach Donnie Branch was also pleased with the defense, even though Fayette County did come through with three long scoring plays.
“The defensive effort was really good,” Branch said “You give up 20, but we did an outstanding job. Those guys are hard to hem up. They’re good football players.”
Fayette County struck first with a long touchdown run less than two minutes into the game.
The Grangers answered with a touchdown early in the second quarter, with Gray scoring on a 3-yard run to cap a 62-yard drive, and Heard ran in the two-point conversion to make it 8-7 LaGrange.
The big play on the drive was a 34-yard completion from Heard to Tavone Rivers.
Fayette County fumbled the ball on its next play, and the Grangers went right back to work, going 69 yards for the go-ahead touchdown.
Rivers made a brilliant, finger-tip catch for a 50-yard completion to the 1-yard line, and Gray scored on the next play, and Taylor Stanford’s extra point gave LaGrange a 15-7 lead.
Fayette County scored on a 60-yard pass play less than 10 seconds later to get within one, and LaGrange led 15-14, which was the score at the half.
The Grangers needed just 12 seconds to pad their lead in the third quarter.
On the first play from scrimmage in the quarter, Denson took a handoff, and he raced down the left sideline for the 65-yard touchdown, and Stanford’s extra point put LaGrange on top 22-14.
The Grangers extended their lead later in the quarter, going 67 yards for the touchdown.
Heard capped the drive with a 25-yard scoring pass to a wide-open Hayden Olive, and Stanford converted the extra point, and LaGrange led 29-14.
After Fayette County answered with a long scoring run to get within nine, the Grangers responded with a 60-yard touchdown drive that began in the third quarter and ended in the fourth quarter.
Denson had a 21-yard run to put the ball on the 10-yard line, and Heard found Quan Delaney standing by himself in the end zone for the score.
Stanford capped the scoring with an extra point.
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