It's not the same old Columbus.
If it was a Friday night and the LaGrange Grangers were at home, young Triston Dozier was usually there, settled into his seat at Callaway Stadium cheering the team on.
They'll be volleying for a good cause today.
The Troup softball team met its match.Facing Whitewater in the opening round of the Region 5-AAAA tournament on Wednesday, Troup lost 14-8 and 8-0.
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.