Grangers set to play rival Cougars in preseason game
LAGRANGE – LaGrange and Newnan are set to resume their long-time rivalry on the football field.
The two teams have played more than 80 times in a rivalry that dates back more than 100 years, and they’ll meet on the gridiron once again this season, although the outcome won’t affect either team’s win-loss record.
Newnan will visit Callaway Stadium on Aug. 14 for a preseason game, with LaGrange set to officially open the season a week later on Aug. 21 against Callaway.
Newnan, which hosted LaGrange in a preseason game last year, is looking to bounce back from a rare losing season.
The Cougars opened their season with a 28-22 win over Carrollton, but they dropped their next five games and finished 3-7 and missed the playoffs.
LaGrange went 5-6 in head coach Dialleo Burks’ first season, and the Grangers finished third in Region 1-AAAAA and made it to the state playoffs.
LaGrange will play four non-region games before jumping into its Region 1-AAAAA schedule on Sept. 24 against Hardaway.
For the second straight year, LaGrange will begin its season against its two county rivals, Callaway and Troup.
LaGrange led Callaway 14-0 in the fourth quarter last season, but it ended up losing 20-14 in overtime.
Against Troup, LaGrange lost 36-14 after falling behind 36-0 at the half.
Here is LaGrange’s 2015 schedule
Aug. 14 – Newnan at LaGrange
Aug. 21 – LaGrange vs. Callaway
Aug. 28 – LaGrange vs. Troup
Sept. 3 – Spalding County at LaGrange
Sept. 18 – LaGrange at Mary Persons
REGION 1-AAAAA SCHEDULE
Sept. 24 – Hardaway at LaGrange
Oct. 2 – LaGrange at Columbus
Oct. 10 – Carver at LaGrange
Oct. 22 – LaGrange at Shaw
Oct. 30 – Harris County at LaGrange
Nov. 7 – LaGrange at Northside
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