They were a long way from the end zone, but they had a shot.Down by five points against Averett on Saturday, the LaGrange College Panthers took possession at their own 2-yard line with 6:40 left in the game.
They weren't worried.As the Troup Tigers headed to the fourth quarter of Friday's showdown against the Callaway Cavaliers, they were staring at a 13-point deficit.
The Callaway Cavaliers were leading 13-0, but that didn't tell the story of how dominant they'd been Friday night against Troup.On their first four possessions, the Troup Tigers went three-and-out and punted.
COLUMBUS - The one-two combination of Mon Denson and Kimani Barnes at running back, combined with a stingy defense, was too much for the Hardaway Hawks Friday night.
They're the county champs.The Troup Tigers shrugged off a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Callaway Cavaliers 37-27 Friday night.
The LaGrange Grangers began their Region 1-AAAAA schedule in style.Facing the Hardaway Hawks, the Grangers (2-3 overall) soared to a 30-0 halftime lead, and they rolled to a 37-6 victory on Friday in Columbus.
The LaGrange College Panthers are hoping a game on their home turf will help them put their first conference victory on the board.
The line between winning and losing is razor thin, as the Troup softball team found out this week.The Lady Tigers lost all three games they played, but they were just a few plays away from turning those losses into wins.
They're headed to state.The LaGrange Academy Lady Warriors swept a pair of games from Oak Mountain on Thursday, meaning they'll finish no lower than third in their region.
Looking to finish off a perfect week, the Callaway Lady Cavaliers instead fell short against visiting Rockmart in a region game on Thursday.
Facing Columbus for the second time this week, the LaGrange Lady Grangers found themselves in a 7-0 hole in the second inning on the way to a 9-1 loss.
They're starting over.The LaGrange Grangers have played four regular-season games, as well as a preseason game against Newnan.
They kept attacking, kept creating scoring opportunities.The LaGrange Academy Warriors figured that at some point, all of the good work they'd been doing offensively would result in a goal.
They're one victory away from a perfect week.The Callaway Lady Cavaliers, after getting a big region win over Haralson County on Tuesday, stepped out of the region and thumped Temple 13-3 on Wednesday.
There's no looking back.The Callaway Cavaliers are coming off a disappointing 35-17 loss to Harris County in a game where they led 17-0 in the first half.
LaGrange made easy work of home-standing Shaw on Tuesday in a Region 1-AAAAA match-up.
Troup volleyball coach Jodi Dowden figures if her team is going to make it to the state tournament, it will have to find a way to get past either Carrollton or Whitewater.
When the Troup Tigers snap the football, there's a pretty good chance something spectacular is going to happen.
LaGrange High's softball team, in the first of two games it will play against Columbus High this week, fell short 7-1 on Monday in a game that was postponed earlier this season because of rain.
LaGrange College's golf team, looking to build on a stellar 2013-2014 season that ended with a top-10 finish at the NCAA Division III national championship in the spring, opened its fall season with a fifth-place performance in the Tournament...
HAMILTON - If there's a silver lining for the Callaway Cavaliers, here it is.
The LaGrange Grangers were hoping to pick up the pace offensively in Friday's game against Mary Persons.
It's another county showdown.For the third time this season, Callaway Stadium will be the site of a game between two county foes.
It was another four-touchdown performance for LaGrange College quarterback Graham Craig.It wasn't enough to keep the Panthers from dropping their first game of the season, though.
The LaGrange Grangers were unable to get much going against a strong Mary Persons team Friday night.
HAMILTON - It was all going so well for the Callaway Cavaliers.With the clock winding down in the first half, the Cavaliers were leading 17-0, and they had the home-standing Harris County Tigers on their heels.
While the LaGrange College Panthers haven't been a flawless team through the first two weeks of the season, they have displayed one quality that every team would love to have.
COLUMBUS - They were two points short.The Troup Tigers had their way offensively during Thursday's game against Carver, accumulating more than 500 yards while putting 41 points on the scoreboard.
They've taken the field nine times, and eight times they've won in dominant fashion.
It was a solid effort for LaGrange pitcher Cassidy Creed during Thursday's Region 1-AAAAA game against Northside.
Troup's softball team did plenty of damage at the plate during Thursday's region showdown against Woodward Academy.
The Lafayette Christian School Cougars have shown they can win on their home field.
Everything was going wrong.
They got to finish the game this time.Earlier this season, the Troup Lady Tigers were leading Brookstone 3-1 when the came was canceled because of rain.
The LaGrange Grangers are rested and ready to put together their first winning streak of the season.LaGrange, which beat Spalding County 14-8 on Sept. 5 for its first win, will be in Forsyth on Friday to take on Mary Persons.
They were cruising along, holding a seemingly comfortable six-run lead, and their pitcher was tossing a no-hitter.
Sam Bowie continued to leave the opposition in his foot steps.
The Troup Lady Tigers are going to finish the regular season with a winning record in the region.They made sure of that with a one-sided victory over Sandy Creek on Tuesday in a Region 5-AAAA softball game.
It was just like he drew it up.The Callaway Cavaliers were up 7-0 against the Heard County Braves when offensive coordinator Matt Napier called for a passing play.The play was executed to perfection.
For the only time during the regular season, a week will go by without a varsity game taking place at Callaway Stadium.Callaway, LaGrange and Troup are all in action this week, but each team will be on the road.
It was more overtime magic.In the season opener, the LaGrange College Panthers needed two overtime periods to beat Birmingham-Southern 34-28.
It didn't go as planned.
In a Week 2 win over Northgate, the Troup Tigers put their big-play ability in the running game on display, with Mess Bonner ripping off scoring runs of 80 and 45 yards.
In the state semifinals last season, the Lafayette Christian School Cougars had the ball late with a chance to beat Harvester Christian.
If the Troup Tigers had a few more clicks left on the clock, they may have been in business.
It had all the makings of another shoot-out.In 2012, Callaway and Heard County played a classic, back-and-forth game dominated by the offenses.When the dust cleared, it was Heard County holding on for a 43-37 victory.
They're making it look easy.The LaGrange Academy Warriors, who played for a state championship a year ago, steamrolled Furtah Prep 7-1 on Tuesday in a boys' soccer match to improve to 6-0.
It's three up and three down for the LaGrange College women's soccer team.Andrea Richard notched a second-half goal to lift the Panthers to a 1-0 victory over visiting Wesleyan on Wednesday.
There's no looking back.The Troup Tigers are off to a stellar start this season, having won both of their games in impressive fashion.
There was no hangover effect for the Troup Tigers.