This time, however, the outcome didn’t go their way.
One week after beating Chestatee 59-46, LaGrange traveled to Rossville and lost to Ridgeland 41-34.
The Grangers were driving late with a chance to score, but the Panthers came up with an interception to seal it.
The Grangers finished with a 6-6 record, and they made it past the first round of the state playoffs for the first time since 2008.
The Grangers trailed 41-28 in the fourth quarter, but they scored a touchdown to get closer, and they were on the march before the pick ended it.
“There was a whole lot of fight in the Grangers tonight,” LaGrange head coach Donnie Branch said. “It was good to see. We had a lot of adversity, a lot of things went against us, and the kids just kept plugging.”
After falling behind by 13 in the fourth quarter, the Grangers got closer when Zach Giddens threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Benny Gray.
The extra-point was missed, and Ridgeland’s lead was down to seven.
The Panthers had to punt the ball on their next possession, and the Grangers took over at their own 20-yard line with 2:54 remaining.
The Grangers made it to the Ridgeland 43-yard line before the interception.
LaGrange struck first in the game, with Giddens hitting Demoton Boyd for a 60-yard touchdown pass, and the extra point made it 7-0.
The Panthers scored the next two touchdowns to go up 14-7 after one quarter.
In the second quarter, after a Ridgeland turnover, LaGrange went 40 yards for the score, with Boyd finding the end zone from one yard out, and the extra-point attempt failed, leaving Ridgeland with a 14-13 lead.
After Ridgeland scored again to go up 21-13, LaGrange got a 1-yard touchdown run from Gray, and Gray also ran in the two-point attempt to tie it at 21-21 at the half.
In the third quarter, Ridgeland scored twice to go up 35-21, but a 20-yard pass from Giddens to Clete Miller, plus the extra point, brought the Grangers to within 35-28 heading into the final quarter.
Ridgeland scored with 9:50 left in the game to go up 41-28, and LaGrange scored the game’s final touchdown, but it wasn’t enough.