Facing the powerful Carrollton Trojans last week, nothing went right for the Grangers, and they lost 6-0.
Since that loss, though, the Grangers have bounced back to beat a solid Central-Carroll team 2-1 on Friday thanks to a pair of goals from James Hutton, and they outlasted Brookstone 1-0 at home on Wednesday.
That win leaves the Grangers with a 7-1 record, and they still have big region games with Shaw, Columbus and Troup coming up.
“Our goal is to stand there with the top teams in our region,” said senior goal keeper Cason Daniel, who came through
with a terrific effort against Brookstone. “The Carrollton game was disappointing for us, but we know that it’s going to take a lot of hard work and practicing so that we can stand toe to toe with those teams.”
Daniel leads a group of five seniors who, combined with a talented group of underclassmen, have helped create a winning mix this spring.
“It’s a new team, but we play well together,” Daniel said. “We are really starting to work better together and get on the same page which I think has helped us a lot.”
Friday’s win over Central-Carroll was an important one.
Had the Grangers lost, they would have been 0-2 in the region.
Instead, they find themselves in position to earn a home playoff game if they win their final three region games.
“That was a good game for us,” head coach Keita Placide said of the Central game. “After that Carrollton game it was good for us to come out and get a hard fought win like that.”
With their swagger back, the Grangers set out to defend their home turf on Wednesday against Brookstone.
The Grangers notched the game’s only goal when Michael Brackett scored on an assist from Cole Kemp midway through the first half.
With a big assist from Daniel, the Grangers made that lead stand up.
“They played their hearts out,” Placide said. “We were just lucky to jump out on them early. We didn’t secure the win, but we played hard and that was all we were looking for.”
The Cougars would test the Grangers defense often in the game, but everytime that they would come close to scoring , Daniel would thwart their attempts, coming up with some big saves, including one in the final minutes.
“We are building slowly,” Placide said. “Teams are looking to come at us and push us because of the way we lost to Carrollton. We have a young team with a lot of young starters and slowly but surely the confidence is building in the right direction.”