Three of the four local high school football teams will be back in action this week.
Only Callaway High, fresh off a 26-0 shutout against LaGrange High, will be off this Friday night. The Cavaliers next game is set for Friday, Sept. 1 against the Handley Tigers from Roanoke, Ala.
Callaway High and Handley will meet at Callaway Stadium next week with a 7 p.m. kickoff. On this week’s prep football schedule will be a LaGrange High home game against Villa Rica, along with a Lafayette Christian home encounter on Friday at 7:30 p.m. against New Creation Christian Academy from McDonough.
They are the Crusaders. The high scoring Troup High Tigers will return to the gridiron as well on Saturday morning with an 11 o’clock start in Columbus against Kendrick High School.
In the first week of the season the football locals had a true mix – both good and bad. At the top of the heap was Troup High with its 444 yards and 16 first downs against Columbus Hardaway. Tiger senior quarterback Montez Crowe went 23-for-31 through the air for 379 yards and three touchdowns.
Junior Tyree Carlisle led the Troup High ground attack with 73 yards on 14 carries. Callaway High senior signal caller Kedrick Ramsey was in a big hurry, too, with six carries for 70 yards against LaGrange High.
Ramsey also threw a 62yard touchdown pass to senior split end Courtney Williams. The Cavaliers special teams were very special, too, as they blocked two LaGrange High kicks. Both resulted in points for Callaway High.
The senior tandem of Jamie Sellers and Lichon Terrell blocked a Granger field goal attempt, which was returned for a 55-yard touchdown by D.Q. Wilkerson. The Cavaliers scored as well on a blocked punt and safety from senior Gabriel Moultrie in the fourth quarter. For the Grangers, however, it was a season-opening downer. The Granger wing-T offense compiled just 37 yards (net) and five first downs.
Cornell Kendrick, the Granger senior fullback, had most of the LaGrange High yardage. Kendrick rushed for 27 yards on 12 carries. There were very few holes to run through for LaGrange High.
Lafayette Christian also lost last Friday, but the Cougars manufactured more than 300 yards of offense against Solid Rock Academy. Lafayette Christian junior quarterback Landon Whitley and senior running back Jacob Lueken had a total of 218 yards rushing for the Cougars.