Harris County 38, LaGrange 27: Harris County beats LaGrange for first time

Special to the Ledger-EnquirerSeptember 6, 2013 

HAMILTON, Ga. -- Harris County scored 28 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to pick up its first ever win over LaGrange 38-27 Friday night at Tiger Stadium.

The Tigers trailed 27-10 heading into the fourth quarter and had zero yards of offense in the third quarter.

Esaias Chapman, who had 209 yards rushing, got the momentum turning when he rushed 43-yards on the Tiger's first offensive play of the fourth quarter.

Four plays later Jay McKibben, who replaced the injured TaQuon Marshall, found Josh Stein for a 9-yard pass into the Granger endzone for a 27-17 score.

On Harris County's next possession it moved to the LaGrange 19-yard line before a holding penalty stalled the drive.

On 3rd-and-22 Keith Jenkins ran through the center of the Granger defense for a 31-yard score to pull the Tigers within a field goal at 27-24 with 4:44 remaining in the game.

With 3:15 remaining in the game Luke Lynch intercepted a Wynton Heard pass at the Tiger 37-yard line.

Jenkins rushed for 18-yards on the first play of the drive and capped the seven play drive with a 22-yard run to give Harris County the lead at 31-27 with 1:36 remaining.

Isaac Grimes kickoff was returned by Corey Perkins who tripped at the Granger 4-yard line.

Two plays later DJ Washington picked off a Heard pass and returned it 14 yards for the game sealing score. Grimes who was perfect on points put the finishing touches on the 38-27 final.

The Grangers lone third quarter score came after McKibben was sacked and fumbled.

DJ Towns recovered the ball at the Tiger line.

Mon Denson scored on a 4-yard run to put LaGrange up 27-10.

"Our coaches did a great job of making some half time adjustments," Harris County coach Tommy Parks said.

"Hats off to Jay McKibben. Hats off to Esaias Chapman. Hats off to Keith Jenkins.

"Those three guys just ran the football like you can't believe and our guys just fought.

"We tell our guys to fight for four quarters and our guys did that tonight.

"We won eight games last year and six of the eight games we were behind at halftime. Our guys have been there before."

Harris County drove 65 yards on its first possession of the game and took a 7-0 lead on Chapman's 23 -yard run around the right side of the Granger defense.

LaGrange had a 3-and-out on its first possession, but Heard faked a toss right and raced down the left sideline for a 71-yard score and a 7-7 score.

Friday at Hamilton

LaGrange 7 13 7 0--27

Harris Coutny 7 3 0 28--38

First Quarter

H- Esaias Chapman 23 run (Isaac Grimes kick), 9:34

L- Wynton Heard 71 run (Taylor Stanford kick), 5:22

Second Quarter

L-Tavone Rivers 20 pass from Heard (Stanford kick), 8:12

H- Grimes 39 field goal, 4:28

L- Eris Dowell 9 pass from Heard (kick failed), 1:12

Third Quarter

L- Mon Denson 4 run (Stanford kick), 8:39

Fourth Quarter

H- Josh Stein 9 pass from Jay McKibben (Grimes kick), 9:37

H- Keith Jenkins 31 run (Grimes kick), 4:44

H- Jenkins 22 run (Grimes kick) 1:36

H- DJ Washington 14 interception return (Grimes kick), 1:01

Records: LaGrange 0-2, Harris County 1-1. Next: Harris County, home, Friday vs. Veterans, 7:30 p.m.

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