We had a few high school football games last night, and this morning's big story is Shaw's come-from-behind victory against LaGrange ( full story here ).
Shaw's Marquis Brown returned a kickoff 99 yards, literally the farthest you can return a high school kick, for a touchdown with 12 seconds left to lift Shaw to a 38-35 victory. Check out some video of the game at the WRBL site. Brown's return begins at about the 1:00 mark. There's really no play more exciting in any sport than a kickoff return.
What's just as, if not more, impressive was that Shaw trailed 28-0 at one point in the first half.
And to give the game some scale, consider this: Last week, LaGrange was ranked No. 7 in Class AAA and its only losses had come to Newnan, a top-10 Class AAAAA team, and Carver, the No. 1 team in Class AA. On the other hand, Shaw was 0-4 and had only even scored 27 points through four games and never once had more than seven.
So yeah, huge win for Shaw.
Jordan was twice stopped inside the Heard County 5 on fourth down and Heard County managed to make its two first-half touchdowns stand in both teams' Region 5-AA opener.
It all came down to execution, both coaches said, and Heard County managed to finish off the few chances it had.
Six Troup players managed to put points on the board as Columbus was kept scoreless until 5:27 in the fourth quarter.
Here's a story I did about Chattahoochee County senior D.J. Rivers , who spent his summer going through Army basic training. He described it as 10 weeks of hell at Fort Jackson, S.C., but said he was glad to have done it, especially since he still has 17 weeks of specialized training to look forward to after graduation as he intends to be a combat medic.