LAGRANGE – Talk about making a case for recognition as one of the state of Georgia's top high school football teams.
LaGrange High has been about as close to perfect as possible this season and has many mentioning them with the usual powerhouses. And if the Grangers (6-0 overall) hope to continue to gain that recognition, Friday night will go a long way towards solidifying their stature when they welcome Shaw High (6-1) to town in a 2-AAA matchup..
As mentioned, LaGrange has played near-football during their current undefeated streak. And even though the run-first offense featuring a three-headed monster of tailbacks Dez Lovett, Ocie Salter and Darren Hairston is producing nearly 40 points per game, there is no question that the Grangers are a defensive team.
In fact, through six games and six wins LaGrange is giving up just one point per contest. It took five weeks for a team to score a single point against the Grangers before Spencer posted six on them in a failed upset bid last week.
So, what's to credit for such a strong defensive showing? An opportunistic mentality.
The Grangers are averaging over three takeaways per game: seven interceptions and 13 fumble recoveries.
And junior linebacker Qua Huzzie is leading that effort. The 5-foot-11 and 200-pound standout has been a one-man wrecking ball for his ball club for his team this season with 16 tackles for loss, team-highs in sacks (3) and interceptions (2), a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
The Raiders, whose only loss of the season was a 29-7 defeat to Carver High, also happen to have a stout defense. Shaw is giving up just 11.7 points per game and is led in the secondary by six-foot cornerback Bryan Willis, a one-star prospect that has a Mississippi State offer and has drawn interest from several other SEC schools.
Kick-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.
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