Martin Scores 23-Yard Touchdown, Grangers Still Lose To Central
Chris Fernsler Sports Editor
Dialleo Burks gave his LaGrange High football team some credit for two things.
“We put some points on the board, and we didn’t quit,” Burks said.
Despite that, Burks and the Grangers lost their homecoming game to Central Carrollton, 32-6 on Friday night at Callaway Stadium. Well over 2,000 fans came out to watch the festivities and the game.
The blue-blooded spectators were hoping to see LaGrange High win for the first time this year. That didn’t happen even with 13 first downs and 200 yards of offense from the Grangers. The effort was there for LaGrange High with sophomore quarterbacks Deaundre Towns and Charles Crawford passing for 147 yards and one touchdown.
The Grangers displayed some offensive punch, particulary in the fourth quarter with a Towns 23-yard touchdown pass to sophomore running back Andraka Martin. He went untouched to the end zone with 3:15 left in the game.
LaGrange High nearly scored in the first period, too, driving the ball to the Lions 25 yard line before fumbling. The Grangers did move the football. La-Grange High had 32 yards more than Central Carrollton did in the Region 5-AAAA game.
The Lions accumulated 168 yards with 156 rushing and 12 yards passing. At times it was tough sledding against the Grangers. LaGrange High made some plays on defense with senior linebacker Daz Williams’ interception return in the first quarter and junior safety Vondez Taylor’s tackle in the Lion backfield in the second period.
“We felt positive (in the first half),” said Granger junior cornerback and wide receiver Jordan Ogletree.
LaGrange High trailed just 7-0 at halftime after giving up a 3-yard touchdown run to Central Carrollton sophomore running back Miguel Esparza in the first period. The Lions, however, broke the game open in the third quarter with two safeties and a pair of rushing touchdowns from seniors Malcolm Brown and Jamarcus Strange.
The Lions took a 25-0 lead to the fourth period.
“We played hard, and we executed well. We knew LaGrange was athletic on defense, and they have a ton of talent. They are young, and they struggled with some of our formations. We put them in a bind,” said coach Darius Smiley of the Lions (3-2 overall, 1-0 in the region).
The Grangers would watch the minutes and seconds evaporate as their record dropped to 0-5 on the season and 0-1 in Region 5-AAAA.
“We started slow, and we were real spotty (against the Lions). We need to be consistent. We missed a lot of tackles,” said Burks, who still thinks the Grangers are going to break through and win some games this season.
Two players from Central Carrollton, Brown and sophomore halfback Braden Dunson, broke tackles time after time. Dunson rushed for 62 yards on nine carries, and Brown cruised for 60 yards on seven carries.
“We gave all that we had, and our (offensive) line did a heck of a job. We kept pushing, and we did our assignments. We have a work ethic,” said Dunson.