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.
They had their chances.The LaGrange Lady Grangers had someone reach third base in every inning of Tuesday's Region 1-AAAAA game against Harris County.
He saw the ball on the ground, and he could have fallen on it, just to make sure possession would go to his team.
Can they make it three in a row?The Troup Tigers will try to make that a reality when they host the Harris County Tigers on Friday.
The Callaway Lady Cavaliers began a challenging week with a game against a strong Heard County team on Monday.It was a tough day for the Lady Cavaliers, who were beaten 8-0 in five innings.
With a couple of weather delays thrown in, it took the Lafayette Christian School Cougars more than four hours to finish Friday's game.It was time well-spent, though.
They were down, but the Callaway Lady Cavaliers still had plenty of fight left in them.After spotting LaGrange a 4-1 lead on Saturday, Callaway's softball team charged back to tie it with two runs in the seventh inning.
They were agonizingly close to enjoying a perfect day.Instead, the LaGrange Lady Grangers lost two one-run games against Callaway and Troup on Saturday on breast cancer awareness day.
A day that started out with a difficult loss ended with the Troup Lady Tigers celebrating a big win.In Saturday's first game, Troup lost to Callaway 6-1.
BIRMINGHAM - The LaGrange College Panthers kicked off a new season with a flourish.
A lock-down pitching performance from Jessica Perkins and some clutch hitting was enough to lift the Callaway Lady Cavaliers to a big region win on Thursday.
Everything has been going right for the Troup Lady Tigers of late.Coming into Thursday's region showdown against Carrollton, Troup had won six consecutive games.
It's a first-place showdown.The Troup and Carrollton softball teams have each won their first three Region 5-AAAA games, and something will have to give today when those teams face off.
They've turned the page.The Troup Tigers opened the season in style with a 36-14 victory over LaGrange in a game where they were up 36-0 at the half.
Will this be the week?The LaGrange Grangers sure hope it is.The Grangers have played two games, and they've lost them both.One of those losses came in heart-breaking fashion to the Callaway Cavaliers.
The day was a washout.The Callaway High softball team was set to host one of the state's top teams on Wednesday, but the game against Heard County was postponed because of rain and lightning.
The Callaway High volleyball team, as well as its new coach, was able to enjoy a breakthrough win on Tuesday.Heading into Tuesday's home tri-match, the Lady Cavaliers had yet to taste victory this season.
Losing a football game hasn't been a common occurrence for the Callaway Cavaliers of late.
On a night of impressive plays, it may have been the best of the bunch.The Troup Tigers were already holding a 20-0 lead when they found themselves with the ball on the LaGrange 26-yard line late in the first half.
It started with a turnover.
It wasn't a bad start for the LaGrange Grangers.Although they didn't score on their opening possession, they picked up a few first downs and showed some nice balance.
The Callaway Cavaliers haven't lost consecutive games since the first two games of the 2011 season.The Cavaliers are hoping that doesn't change this week.
The Lafayette Christian School Cougars met their match.
It's game week for the LaGrange College football team, and the Panthers will make their season debut against a familiar opponent.
Now that's how you start a season.The Troup Tigers soared to a 36-0 halftime lead, and they rolled to a 36-14 victory before a packed house at Callaway Stadium on Friday.
ATLANTA - The Callaway Cavaliers were pushed to the limit by B.E.S.T. Academy a year ago before hanging on for a 28-18 victory at Callaway Stadium.
The Callaway Cavaliers scored the final three times they touched the ball to beat LaGrange on opening night.
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.
The hits just kept on coming.The LaGrange High softball team was already sporting a 5-2 lead over Shaw when it came to the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning.
ATLANTA - Make it six in a row.The Troup Lady Tigers put six runs on the board in the top of the eighth inning to claim a 10-4 Region 5-AAAA road win over Woodward Academy on Thursday.
It was in their grasp.The LaGrange Grangers had a 14-0 lead midway through the fourth quarter, and it looked like they were headed for a huge win over the Callaway Cavaliers on opening night.
Challenges don't come much greater than this.After an impressive season-opening win over Shiloh Hills on Aug. 15, the Lafayette Christian School Cougars will take on the champs this week.
The wait is over.The Troup Tigers will leap into a new season this week, and they'll get things started against their biggest rival.
It could be a big turnover, a key defensive stop, or a game-changing offensive play that makes the difference Friday night when Troup and LaGrange face off.
They're streaking along.With Tuesday's 14-4 victory over Sandy Creek, the Troup High softball team has won five straight games to improve to 5-2.
Nine runs was just enough.The Callaway Lady Cavaliers enjoyed a big offensive day to outlast Pepperell 9-8 on Tuesday to open their Region 5-AAA schedule with a win.
They're ready to play for keeps.After an impressive victory over Landmark Christian on Monday, the Callaway Lady Cavaliers will turn their attention to the all-important region schedule today.
It's game week for the Troup Tigers.After playing Upson-Lee in a preseason game on Aug.15, the Tigers were off last week while their two county rivals mixed it up at Callaway Stadium.
Each Tuesday throughout football season, I'll be taking a look back at some of the biggest plays, and some of the best performances from the previous week's football games.
He saw the number on the scoreboard, and he didn't care.
What a way to start a season.Before a packed house at Callaway Stadium Friday night, the Callaway Cavaliers and LaGrange Grangers put on a show.