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Troup, LaGrange renew rivalry

By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY

Daily News

It’s rivalry week.

The LaGrange and Troup football teams played for the first time in 1968, and they’ll continue that long-standing rivalry on Friday night at Callaway Stadium.

While LaGrange leads the overall series with a 20-11 record, Troup has won three in a row.

Also this week, the Callaway Cavaliers will have a Saturday test against region foe Spencer, while Lafayette Christian School wraps up its regular season with a home game against Griffin Christian on Friday night.

Troup extended its winning streak against LaGrange to three with last year’s 35-14 win.

While LaGrange dominated the rivalry with Troup for the first four decades, the tables have been turned over the past nine years.

Beginning with a 34-27 win in 2010, Troup has dominated the series, winning seven of the past nine games.

Troup will come into this year’s game rested since it didn’t play last week, while LaGrange lost to Cartersville 45-2 to fall to 2-4 overall, and 0-3 in Region 5-AAAA.

In Troup’s most recent game, it lost to Sandy Creek 44-7 to drop to 4-2 overall, and 1-1 in region play.

While Troup is firmly in contention for one of the region’s four state-playoff spots, LaGrange likely has to win to have any hope of advancing to state.

Callaway will look to stay unbeaten in Region 5-AA when it travels to Columbus on Saturday to play Spencer.

Callaway (6-1 overall) is 3-0 in the region after thumping Lamar County 46-7 last week.

Spencer (2-4 overall), which was off last week, is 0-2 in region play.

Lafayette Christian will conclude what has already been a successful regular season with Friday’s home game against Griffin Christian.

Lafayette Christian (5-2) finished first in its region, so it will be at home for the opening round of the GICAA 11-man state playoffs.

FRIDAY

LaGrange vs. Troup, 7:30 p.m.

Griffin Christian at Lafayette Christian, 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY

Callaway at Spencer, 3 p.m.