Homecoming week for Cougars
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
The Lafayette Christian School Cougars are hoping to make it a happy homecoming.
Lafayette Christian, which returned from a three-week break with a loss to Flint River Academy last week, will host Central Fellowship Christian Academy on Friday night, and a homecoming queen will be crowned at halftime.
Before last week, Lafayette Christian hadn’t played a game since it beat Rock Springs Christian Academy on Oct. 2.
Lafayette Christian returned to action to play Flint River for the first time ever and lost 24-7 to fall to 3-2 with three regular-season games remaining
Lafayette Christian will have its hands full with Central Fellowship, which is 6-1 and has won six consecutive games since a season-opening loss to Thomas Jefferson Academy.
During the winning streak, Central Fellowship hasn’t scored fewer than 34 points in a game, and it has three shutouts.
Lafayette Christian finishes the regular season with games against King’s Academy and Calvary Christian.
Also this week, the LaGrange Grangers can guarantee themselves a winning record for the first time since 2009 with a road win over Spencer.
LaGrange, which improved to 5-2 with last week’s win over Jordan, will be in Columbus on Thursday to face a struggling Spencer team. Spencer opened with seven straight losses before beating winless Kendrick 27-16.
LaGrange has gone more than a decade without having a winning season, and it can end that drought with a win in Columbus.
After facing Spencer, LaGrange closes the regular season with games against Troup and Hardaway before turning its attention to the state playoffs.
For LaGrange, the turnaround this season has been a dramatic one under first-year head coach Matt Napier. After winning a combined six games from 2016 to 2019, LaGrange can match that win total if it beats Spencer.
“It’s great to finally be on the winning side,” said senior running back Kale Gibbs. “When you’re struggling as a program, some kids won’t believe in it, but now that we’re having success, you can see the future for LaGrange is really bright.”
Callaway and Troup, meanwhile, are off this week as they prepare for a busy closing stretch to the regular season.
Both teams have been impacted because of Covid-19 that forced games to be postponed and re-scheduled.
Troup will close the regular season with three games in eight days, beginning with the annual showdown against cross-town rival LaGrange on Nov. 13.
Troup visits Jordan on Nov. 17 before returning to Columbus for the regular-season finale against Carver on Nov. 21.
Callaway will close the regular season with three games in 11 days, beginning with a re-scheduled game at Haralson County on Nov. 10. Callaway visits Temple on Nov. 14, and it hosts rival Heard County in the final regular-season game on Nov. 20.
THIS WEEK’S GAMES
LaGrange at Spencer, 7 p.m.
Central Fellowship at Lafayette Christian, 7:30 p.m.