One Town, One Family; LaGrange and Troup Unite to Remember No. 14 Trae Cole

COLE PASSED AWAY THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2020 AT 17-YEARS-OLD IN A SINGLE VEHICLE CAR ACCIDENT

“He was a little ball of energy. He was always smiling, and everybody around him was always laughing and he was just a great kid. Big heart, big hearted kid,” said LaGrange Head Coach Matt Neighbors.

The LaGrange Grangers were hit with an unimaginable loss Thursday night before their rival game against Troup. Junior safety Trae Cole lost his life in a car accident.

“I don’t think anything can handle you for situations like this. You know with his family and mom coming down before the game. It was a special moment for our team and I hope it helped their family greave.”

LaGrange got off to a slow start, down by 14 in the third quarter. The Grangers needed hope. Then Jaylan Brown connected with Jakobe Jones.

“I’m at a loss for words with what they’ve been through and the amount of love I’ve got for them. They continued to fight even when it wasn’t perfect. We continued to have adversity in the game with injuries and stuff like that. We continue to have to fight scratch and claw. These kids did it. They kept doing it and they kept believing.”

Despite the effort, LaGrange lost to Troup 14-7. One town, two rivals setting apart their differences for a greater purpose.

“You know, it’s a different kind of game than I’ve ever been apart of in coaching and the way they handled it was first class. Those people over there we appreciate them for how they’ve handled the game tonight.”

Number 14 will always be remembered. Trae Cole passed away at 17-years-old.

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