By: By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor
September 19, 2013
Defense was optional.
When the LaGrange Grangers and Thomson Bulldogs faced off last season at Callaway Stadium, the two teams put on an offensive show, combining for 91 points.
LaGrange led 21-0 in the first half, but using a powerful running game, Thomson rallied for a 49-42 win.
Tonight, those two teams will meet again in Thomson as they both look for an elusive first win.
LaGrange (0-2) is winless after losing to Newnan and Harris County, while Thomson (0-2) has fallen to Lakeside-Evans and St. Pius X.
Also today, the Callaway Cavaliers (2-0) will try to keep their perfect start to the season going when they host Harris County (2-1).
LaGrange has had two weeks to prepare for Thomson, and it should receive a lift with the return of quarterback Zach Giddens, who missed the first two games while recovering from offseason surgery.
A year ago, Giddens had a big day against Thomson as the Grangers amassed more than 400 yards.
Wynton Heard, who has filled in for Giddens the first two games, will move to wide receiver tonight, although head coach Donnie Branch said he’ll continue to play some at quarterback.
Having Giddens move to quarterback is “not an indictment on Wynton,” Branch said. “We could have won both football games with Wynton at quarterback.”
Callaway, meanwhile, will cap off a tough stretch of non-region games when it hosts Harris County tonight.
Callaway has beaten Heard County and Troup, while Harris County bounced back from a season-opening loss against Houston County to beat LaGrange and Veterans.
Playing a challenging early schedule, Callaway head coach Pete Wiggins believes, “is good in helping prepare us for the region schedule.”
Callaway, LaGrange and Troup will all play nothing but region games the rest of the regular season.