They knew it was going to be a tough road.When the Troup Tigers saw who they'd be sharing Region 5-AAAA with, they knew making it to the state playoffs was going to be no small feat.
It's easy to fall into this trap, and it's something we've all done.If something really moves you, whether it be a movie, a television show, a book, a song, you proclaim it the best ever.
They were on the doorstep.With seconds remaining in Saturday's remarkable region-championship showdown against Central-Carroll, the Callaway Cavaliers were lining up for a potential game-winning field goal.
The Troup Tigers were right there at the end, fighting with everything they had until the clock hit zero.
At least it wasn't the last game.As brutal as Saturday's loss was for the Callaway Cavaliers, they took some solace in knowing there is another game to play.
The Lafayette Christian School Cougars wrapped up the best regular season in school history with a 34-16 victory over Crosspointe on Friday.
It was another top-10 finish for LaGrange High's Sam Bowie.Bowie, a junior, was seventh in the 2012 state cross-country meet, and he finished sixth a year ago.
The Callaway Cavaliers are closing in on a three-peat, but there is one major obstacle standing in their way.Callaway has won back-to-back region championships, and it will have a chance to make it three in a row today.
At last year's state cross-country meet, the LaGrange Grangers had four runners finish in the top-10.Two of those runners are gone, including Andrew Coggins, who is now running at Brown University.
After nine weeks, the LaGrange College Panthers are finally getting a day off.
The trophies are nice, but it's what's in them that the competitors are really after.The Georgia State Championship fishing tournament returns this weekend, and the first-place prize will be at least $25,000.
In what was likely their final home game of the season, the LaGrange Grangers put on a show.
The LaGrange Grangers have a Friday night off, and the coaches will take advantage of that by hitting the road and getting a scouting report on possible first-round playoff opponents.
This isn't where the Troup Tigers wanted to be heading into the final night of the regular season.
The Lafayette Christian School Cougars know they'll be playing next week in the opening round of the state playoffs.The question is, where will that game be played?
There was never much doubt it would come down to this game.The Callaway Cavaliers and Central-Carroll Lions figured to be the two dominant teams in Region 5-AAA, and that's how it has played out.
It's not a glamour position.An offensive lineman rarely finds individual glory, and if he is singled out on game night, it's usually because he has made a mistake.
The LaGrange Grangers had hoped to be playing for the top spot Thursday night.That isn't going to happen after the Grangers lost a close one to Harris County last week.
LaGrange High's Mon Denson calls it the “dynamic duo.”Denson is the Grangers' leading rusher this season, and he is having a terrific senior year.
Heading into the final Friday night of the regular season, five of the six teams in Region 5-AAAA are still in contention for a playoff spot.Unfortunately for the Troup Tigers, they are the odd-man out in that scenario.
The Central-Carroll Lions will bring a number six state ranking into Saturday's showdown with the Callaway Cavaliers.
Anything less than a state championship would have been a colossal disappointment.
From the defensive-line position, no one in the Atlantic Coast Conference did it better than Georgia Tech's KeShun Freeman last week.
The season came to a close for the Troup High cross-country teams on Saturday.
It's all been leading up to this game.When the Callaway Cavaliers and Central-Carroll opened their Region 5-AAA schedules, they were the overwhelming favorites to snare the region's top two spots.