LaGrange drops 50 to win first game of the season

Published 11:52 pm Friday, August 25, 2023

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The LaGrange football team was looking for a rebound after last week’s loss in the regular season opener, and they got it on Friday night as they blew out Northside on the road 50-29. 

The Grangers set the tone early, scoring the first three touchdowns of the game to take a commanding early 22-0 lead. 

The Grangers jumping out to an early lead would be enough.

LaGrange took the opening possession right down the field and capitalized when Caydin Thomas broke the goal line on a short run to put the Grangers up early. 

The Grangers would hold that 7-0 lead until the early parts of the second quarter when Malik Kemp threw a short touchdown strike to JT Burks. The successful two-point conversion gave the Grangers a 15-0 lead. 

Gavin Barlow and Steven Hill played big parts on the drive to help set up the touchdown.

The defense decided to get in on the scoring as Harris Grace took a interception all the way back for a touchdown with 8:50 left to go in the first half. 

It took the Patriots less than two minutes to answer and cut into the Granger lead. LaGrange’s offense did not take the foot off the gas and extended their lead back to 22 points when Kemp connected with Denoryian Reid on a long touchdown strike with 7:05 left to go in the first half. 

The Patriot offense started to get going as the two team’s traded blows. The Patriots scored a second touchdown later in the second quarter to trim the LaGrange lead back down to two scores. 

The Granger defense got another touchdown in the first half, returning a fumble after a big sack for six points to take a commanding 36-14 lead after the Samuel Rodas extra point.  

LaGrange welcomed the return of junior running back Jonathan Keys, who missed the opening game of the season a week ago. Keys got his first touchdown on the season late in the third quarter to put LaGrange up 43-14. 

Each team added a touchdown in the fourth quarter, but the game had long since been decided. 

The Grangers struggled with turnovers in week one and despite a cleaner game on Friday night, the team still threw two interceptions. 

LaGrange (1-1) will now have a bye to access their first two performances and rest up. The Grangers will travel to Upson-Lee on Sept. 8.