The Grangers were trailing 7-3 when Emma Ward and Blair Herrod were named Homecoming Queens in LaGrange’s final game of the season on Friday.
It was a position they were used to.
The Grangers, who at that point had only won one game in the past two seasons, were well-acquainted with defeat, and—as noted by a mass exodus of fans following the homecoming presentation—it was questionable whether they could overcome their four-point deficit.
And when an interception thrown by Granger quarterback Charles Crawford was returned early in the third quarter to put the Raiders up 14-3, things took a turn for the worse.
The Grangers would have to do the impossible: score twice in less than two quarters—an offensive feat they had yet to accomplish during the season.
In fact, in order to win the game, the Grangers would have to add at least 13 points—just one point shy of their season high of 14.
LaGrange, however, came into the third quarter knowing that they boasted an impressive second-half resume. At one point late in the season—prior to playing Cartersville—the Grangers had allowed only six second-half points all year.
With a pick six behind them and down by eleven, it was time for the Grangers to get to work.
Crawford, looking to rebound after his interception, threw two touchdown passes in the second half to give the Grangers the win. A stifling LaGrange defense took to the field and showed their might to keep the Raiders off the board. After missing an extra point attempt after a pass to Jakoby Smith, the Grangers were down 14-9, but a second touchdown pass to Dylan Norvell sealed the deal.
It was a special night for the Granger seniors, as they managed to close what had otherwise been a disappointing season with a come-from-behind 16-14 victory.
LaGrange Head Coach Chuck Gibbs, who finishes his first year with the Granger football team Friday night, recognized his senior athletes earlier that afternoon during LaGrange’s homecoming pep rally.
“This is about … everyone representing LaGrange High School,” he said.
“What our seniors have done this year on the football field is nothing short of spectacular from a standpoint of they faced adversity every game, and they kept fighting,” he added.
Noting that his seniors had remained competitive throughout their season, Gibbs attributed them with creating a reinvigorated passion for the Granger football program.
“They’ve brought about a renewed spirit about what it is to play for LaGrange High School on a Friday night.”
It was the last game for the senior Grangers, as the team will not compete in the upcoming playoffs. Troup and Callaway, however, will both host playoff matches later this week.
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