The Region 5-AAAA football opener came at exactly the right time for the sputtering Grangers. LaGrange High needed something to look forward to, and on Friday night the Grangers discovered some long lost incentive. The sometimes on, sometimes off football team from LHS put a 30-12 whipping on Central Carrollton in region play on the Lions home turf.
The Grangers scored the first 20 points of the game. LaGrange High played with some moxy, and it was a pair of sophomores who injected some ever loving football life into the Grangers. Sophomore Jakoby Smith started at quarterback for LaGrange High, and that proved to be a good move for the Grangers.
“Jakoby managed the game well, and he completed some passes. He was focused,” said LaGrange High head coach Dialleo Burks.
Smith threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to another LHS sophomore, Jamari Thrsash, in the second quarter. The Grangers also got a hard-nosed game out of senior running back Amad Ogletree, the LHS former starting quarterback.
“We made some big plays. We opened up our running game, and we controlled the line of scrimmage. The guys were having some fun,” said Burks.
The Grangers certainly feel a little better about their season with a 1-0 region record. LaGrange High is 2-3 overall. Central Carrollton is 0-5 on the season, and the Lions are 0-1 in the region.
Lafayette Christian had an uplifting Friday night, too, thanks to a 34-20 win over the Ballard Christian Eagles from Auburn. Like LaGrange High, Lafayette Christian improved its overall record to 2-3.
The LCS Cougars put a new perspective on their football season.
“We competed in this game. We showed more intensity, and we made some adjustments. We coached our guts out, and we played our guts out,” said Cougars football boss Nate Shaw.
His team got back to business with the win over the Eagles.
“We jelled, and we had some explosive plays,” said Shaw.
Lafayette Christian rushed for more than 200 yards in the game at LCS. Doing the pounding and the churning were Jess Hill, Landon Whitley and Jacob Lueken of the Cougars. Senior running back Nick Spittler also had a 50-yard jaunt for a Cougar touchdown in the third period.
The home boys played some defense, too. The Cougars forced seven turnovers. Freshman Nathan Fair and sophomore Mitch Crandall both intercepted a pass for Lafayette Christian.
Callaway High caused some havoc on the Friday night gridiron as well. The Cavaliers, the No. 3 ranked team in Class AA, stayed undefeated with a 48-21 triumph over Harris County. Callaway is a spotless 5-0.
The Harris County Tigers are 3-2 on the season. Callaway outscored the Class AAAAA Tigers, 21-7 in the first half. Callaway High scored four more touchdowns in the second half. The Cavaliers went the touchdown route seven times in this football game.
Callaway High School is coached by Pete Wiggins.
Chris Fernsler Sports Writer