LaGrange dominates McIntosh in spring game

Published 10:24 pm Thursday, May 18, 2023

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LaGrange had no problem brushing aside McIntosh 49-28 in its spring football game to tune themselves up before heading into summer practices. 

Quarterback Malik Kemp got the Grangers rolling early, scoring on a one-yard touchdown run on the opening possession of the game before adding an 11-yard touchdown run to put the Grangers up 14-0 with 3:17 left in the first quarter. 

It was a sloppy spring game in the rain as both teams turned the ball over multiple times. After a fumble that set up the Chiefs in plus territory, Parker Shattuck was able to snag a tipped ball out of the air and return it 60-yards the other way for a massive defensive touchdown that gave LaGrange a 21-0 lead before the first quarter had even expired. 

The Grangers offensive momentum carried right into the second quarter when Jardon Stronger scored on a 41-yard touchdown run. The Grangers are expecting big things from the rising sophomore who already has multiple SEC offers to play in college. 

After a second fumble recovery of the game for Bryceton Huzzie, the Grangers scored the very next play on a 23-yard touchdown run from Gavin Barlow to give LaGrange a 35-0 lead with 4:38 left in the first half. 

The Chiefs were able to score a touchdown with a couple minutes left in the second quarter to cut the Granger lead to 35-7 heading into the break. 

LaGrange came out on the other side of the break fired up, quickly turning a fumble recovery into six points when Caydin Thomas busted a 26-yard touchdown run to put LaGrange up 42-7. 

The Grangers scored seven more points from there as McIntosh piled outscored the team by 15 points through the rest of the game with both teams rotating in reserves down the stretch. 

LaGrange has a scrimmaged scheduled against Columbus for Aug. 11 before kicking off the 2023 season with a game at Callaway Stadium against Carver ATL on Aug. 17.