It’s been more than a decade since LaGrange and Troup played this early in the season.
In 2003, the county rivals met in the season opener, and Troup won 24-21.
Beginning in 2004, Troup and LaGrange were in the same region, and for 10 straight years, they either played in the final game of the regular season, or late in the season.
That will change today.
Since the teams are no longer in the same region, or the same classification for that matter, they can play whenever they want to.
So today, LaGrange and Troup will renew their rivalry.
It will be the season opener for Troup, while LaGrange will look to bounce back from last week’s 20-14 overtime loss to Callaway.
Also today, Callaway will play its first road game of the season when it faces B.E.S.T. Academy at Grady Stadium in Atlanta.
While LaGrange has dominated the rivalry historically, Troup has had the upper-hand in recent years.
With last year’s 27-8 win, Troup has won three out of four against LaGrange.
Position in the region won’t be on the line this season, but the game will be as meaningful as ever.
“It’s not a region game this year, but it’s still a huge, important game,” Troup head coach Lynn Kendall said.
For LaGrange, meanwhile, this will be the second straight week playing before a full house at Callaway Stadium.
“It’s going to be a great contest, same atmosphere,” LaGrange head coach Dialleo Burks said. “What more do you want?”
Callaway will face a strong B.E.S.T. team.
B.E.S.T., which went 6-5 a year ago and lost in overtime to Carver in the first round of the playoffs, hung tough in a 28-18 loss to Callaway.
Many of the players who helped B.E.S.T. enjoy a winning season are back.
“They have some good backs, , and they are big up front, so we’ll have our hands full,” Callaway defensive coordinator Dusty Hubbard said.
In eight-man football today, Lafayette Christian School will be on the road to play Holy Ground, which won the state championship a year ago.
The Cougars are hoping to improve to 2-0 after opening the season with a win over Shiloh Hills.
“We feel like it’s a good week for us to see where we measure up,” Lafayette Christian coach Nick Nehring said. “We have our goals we’re looking forward to accomplishing, but this is a good team to see where we’re at right now.”