LAGRANGE – Another ironman is in the books.
Each summer, right before the start of preseason practice, LaGrange High’s football team holds its ironman competition, and every player on the team competes in a number of different events designed to measure their speed, strength, agility and endurance.
This year’s ironman competition wrapped up on Wednesday, with the players heading to the track at Granger Park to compete in the 40-yard dash, as well as the 400-yard run.
When it was all over, the results were tabulated, and the top 10 finishers got together for a photograph.
While many of the veterans made their presence known, LaGrange defensive coordinator Marvin Kendricks said a highlight for him was the performance of some of the younger players, including three upcoming sophomores who placed in the top 10.
Junior linebacker Rico Dunn was LaGrange’s top finisher, and Jalen Wilson, Jadarius Young, DeAnthony Rachel and Miles Johnson rounded out the top five.
“I was pretty impressed with a couple of those guys that came in and made their names known,” Kendricks said.
LaGrange’s players will get back to work today for an 11-on-11 team camp that will be hosted by Upson-Lee High.
Then on Monday, preseason practice will officially get under way, and at that point the Grangers will have less than two weeks remaining before they play their first of two preseason games.
LaGrange will host Heard County on Aug. 5 before visiting Newnan on Aug. 11.
“These two scrimmage games will come in handy,” Kendricks said. “They’ll let us know what we need to do, what we need to work on, what looks good, what we need to throw out.”
From a defensive standpoint, Kendricks said it’ll be all about “setting the tone for the year, and playing Granger style defense.”
1 – Rico Dunn (243 points)
2 – Jalen Wilson (234 points)
3 – Jadarius Young (203 points)
4 – DeAnthony Rachel (202 points)
5 – Miles Johnson (199 points)
6 – Jamari Thrash (199 points)
7 – Chris Beasley (198 points)
8 – LaMarcus Brown (190 points)
9 – Marcus Fannin (187 points)
10 – Cameron Thomas (184 points)
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