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LaGrange loses hard-fought opener

By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY

Daily News

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