LaGrange loses hard-fought opener
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
THOMASTON – The LaGrange Grangers opened their season with a 31-19 road loss to Upson-Lee on Friday.
Sophomore quarterback Jaylan Brown threw a pair of touchdown passes in his first game as a starter, and senior running back Kale Gibbs added a scoring run.
Gibbs got the scoring started with a 60-yard touchdown run, and the extra point made it a 7-0 game less than two minutes into the game.
After Upson-Lee tied it, LaGrange reclaimed the lead on a touchdown pass of about 30 yards from Brown to Magic Johnson early in the second quarter.
Upson-Lee answered with a pair of touchdowns later in the quarter to take a 21-13 lead at the half.
Early in the fourth quarter, the Knights scored a touchdown to go up 28-13, and they added a field with 8:24 to play to push the lead to 31-13.
The Grangers kept fighting, and late in the game, A.J. Traylor caught a 35-yard scoring pass from Brown, and it was a 31-19 game following the failed two-point try.
Upson-Lee was able to run out the clock and preserve the 12-point victory.
LaGrange will host Northside-Columbus on Thursday.
OF NOTE: Check back later for more game details and to get reaction from head coach Matt Napier