LaGrange going for fourth straight win
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
Riding their longest winning streak in a decade, the LaGrange Grangers will look to keep the momentum going this week.
LaGrange (3-1), which beat Kendrick 48-14 last week to win three straight games for the first time since 2010, will try to make it four in a row when it hosts the Shaw Raiders on Friday night, and it will be homecoming at Callaway Stadium.
LaGrange, which began the winning streak with a 35-28 homecoming win over Northside-Columbus, has beaten Colum
bus High and Kendrick to start its Region 2-AAAA schedule with two wins.
While LaGrange is riding high with the three straight wins, it’s been a struggle for Shaw, which is 0-3 overall and 0-1 in the region after losing to Carver 56-12 last week.
LaGrange head coach Matt Napier has seen Shaw play, though, and he is expecting a big-time challenge.
“They’re a very quality opponent,” Napier said. “I’ve watched them twice, and they’re explosive offensively, and they did a good job with their physicality on defense. They’ll be another good opponent for us. That’s a big game for us.”
While LaGrange and Shaw haven’t been in the same region since 2015, the teams are familiar with each other after meeting in the season finale in 2018 and 2019.
In 2018, LaGrange staged a second-half rally to beat Shaw 16-14 to end a 2-8 season on a positive note.
Last year, Shaw returned the favor with a 15-7 win as LaGrange finished 2-8 for a second straight season.
Also this week, the Troup Tigers will have a short week as they face the Columbus Blue Devils on Thursday night at Kinnett Stadium.
Troup (1-3 overall) blanked Spencer 42-0 last week to not only win its first game of the season, but even its Region 2-AAAA record at 1-1.
Columbus (1-3), like Troup, is looking to build on its first win of the season after outlasting Jordan 41-26 to improve to 1-1 in the region.
The previous week against LaGrange, Columbus had a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter before losing 39-32.
The Callaway Cavaliers will wrap up their non-region schedule with a game at Thomas County Central on Friday, and it will be the first time those programs have ever played.
Callaway, which was off last week, beat Douglass-Atlanta 35-0 on Sept. 25 to improve to 3-0.
Thomas County Central (1-2) beat Lamar County 41-24 on Sept. 25 for its first win of the season.
The Lafayette Christian School Cougars are off this week after beating Rock Springs Christian Academy 33-7 last week.
THIS WEEK’S GAMES
LaGrange at Columbus High (Kinnett Stadium), 7 p.m.
Shaw at LaGrange, 7:30 p.m.
Callaway at Thomas County Central, 7:30 p.m.