Tough hardly explains it.
The Grangers have endured a lot of losing with a great deal of emotion in this football season. They have dealt with the death of a treasured teammate, freshman Nar’quevious Tucker, from a summer swimming accident.
Tucker is still in the thoughts of the Granger football players every day and on every Friday night. LaGrange High is playing this season in Tucker’s memory. But it has been a painful season for the Grangers with nine straight losses.
“We have been through some rough patches. It has been challenging. We’re trying to win. We’re still playing hard. We’ve made a lot of mistakes, but our players come to work every day. We’re still fighting,” said LaGrange High head football coach Dialleo Burks.
This Granger football team is still winless because of fumbles, penalties, lack of execution and a rash of inexperience. There are 65 underclassmen (freshmen, sophomores and juniors) on the LaGrange High football team.
“We are talented,” said Burks.
But the Grangers are young – very young. Yet they do have a handful of loyal seniors, 13 of them. And they do want to end their prep football careers with a win tonight at Chapel Hill in a Region 5AAAA game in Douglasville.
The game will start at 7:30 p.m. Senior offensive tackle Tyrese Thornton will play his last football game for the Grangers tonight. He has thought it over.
“It is going to be rough, and it is going to be sad. Playing for LaGrange has meant everything to me. We never give up,” said the 6-foot-3, 260-pound Thornton.
Granger senior nose guard Dimitri Barsh will also suit up for the last time tonight for LaGrange High School. Barsh, a 6-foot-1, 340-pounder, wants his last memory of playing for the Grangers to be winning. Barsh seeks a “W” tonight in Douglasville.
“There is going to be a lot of emotion. It feels good being a LaGrange football player. Everybody knows you, and we’re family. I like hitting people, and you have to go full speed at all times,” said Barsh.
As for the underclassmen on the Granger football team, they also want to send a message tonight against Chapel Hill. Sophomore quarterback Charles Crawford is one of those young talented Grangers.
“We’ve been through the worst of the worst. We can only improve. We have learned a lot, and we are trying to keep a great attitude. We want to go out with a bang (against Chapel Hill),” said Crawford.
And he means winning tonight in metro Atlanta.