Somehow the Grangers still believe.
Despite their record, which is 0-6, the Grangers think they can give No. 1-ranked Cartersville a competitive football game tonight at Callaway Stadium. The Region 5-AAAA party will commence at 7:30 p.m.
“We’re still upbeat. We’ve been pounding the weights and trying to get stronger,” said LaGrange High sophomore quarterback Charles Crawford. “We are going to have to run the ball and block hard. We have to make the correct reads.”
After that, Crawford believes the winless Grangers still have a chance to knock off the two-time defending state champions from Cartersville.
“It would be nice to break the ice for our first win against the No. 1 team,” said Crawford.
He isn’t the only Granger football player who is approaching tonight’s game with a chip on his shoulder. LaGrange High junior safety Jakoby Smith is giving his team a puncher’s chance to score a knockout as well.
“This is going to take effort. We’re going to have to overcome adversity. Cartersville is just another football team. But this is a really big game, and this is a big challenge. We hope to upset the No. 1 team,” said Smith, the 5-foot-9, 160-pound eternal optimist.
Granger running back Myles Johnson is dreaming about the very same thing. Johnson is a 206pound junior with some Friday night “want to.”
LaGrange High doesn’t act like a scared football team.
“We feel confident. This is another opportunity to win, and we’re staying positive,” said Johnson. “We need to make some plays.”
Granger head coach Dialleo Burks, the man with the “Blue Collar” game plan, knows who and what La-Grange High faces tonight. The Hurricanes do have some Category 5 football players, unlike few teams in Class AAAA in Georgia.
“They can hit you from anywhere on the field. They can put together a running game and a passing game. They have some really big lineman and some of the best players in the state. Cartersville (also) has the No. 1 player in the nation (with senior quarterback Trevor Lawrence, 1,538 yards passing, 15 touchdowns),” said Burks.
And Burks can still see a way that the Grangers could win this game.
“We need to play physical. We need to control the line of scrimmage. We’re going out there to play football. We’re going to fight for four quarters. We’re going to line up and compete,” said Burks. “Our guys are going to show up with great attitudes.”
And the Grangers still seek the near-impossible upset against the spotless and 6-0 Hurricanes.
“Anybody can be beaten,” said Crawford.