BA senior safety in the right place

Published 5:00 am Wednesday, September 26, 2001

Chad Lagrone said he was in the right place at the right time.The Brookhaven Academy senior safety intercepted two passes, madeeight tackles and recovered a fumble in the Cougars 21-7 win overColumbia Academy last Friday night at Columbia.

For his performance, Lagrone has been selected The DailyLeader’s Defensive Player of the Week for the fourth week of theseason.

“It was our first district game and we needed to come outand play well,” said Lagrone. “We shut down (Columbia’s) run thefirst half and then they started throwing the second half.

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“We were in a zone (pass defense) most of the time,” Lagronecontinued. “I was in the right place at the right time.”

Lagrone (6-0, 160) also plays wide receiver on offense. Heand cornerbacks Layne Moreton and Will Rushing helped limitColumbia Academy to 4 completions in 18 attempts for 68 yards.Moreton also intercepted 2 passes.

Ray Ishee, BA’s first-year head coach, said Lagrone has beena valuable part of his team’s defense. “Chad plays hard every downand he’s aggressive. He says very little but he will hit you. He’sa senior leader for us.”

Brookhaven Academy (4-0, 1-0) is off to its best start inseveral years.

Asked about BA’s defensive scheme, Lagrone said, “Thesecondary always slants opposite the down linemen. Sometimes we arein a three-deep zone.”

Recalling his two pickoffs against Columbia, Lagrone said,”I jumped over the guy and got the first pick. Then I got thesecond one on the last play of the game.”

Lagrone has 3 interceptions this year, tying him with lastyear’s total. He intercepted a pass against Copiah Academy in theseason opener.

“We are doing real well this year,” said Lagrone. “The newcoaches are doing a good job leading us.”

Ron Rushing serves as BA’s defensive secondarycoach.

Lagrone said he likes the “Tough One” alignment on defense.”The outside linebackers line up more to the outside. I can go tothe ball if I see run.”

Working at linebacker for the Cougars are BlakeKillingsworth and Cal Hodges in the middle and Paul Coker and TylerLofton on the outside.

The Cougars will face a pass-minded Rebul Academy teamFriday night at Learned. Lagrone said the Cougars must take care ofbusiness and get the job done on offense and defense.

Lagrone said he is an avid follower of the Ole Miss Rebels.He enjoys watching Ole Miss strong safety Syniker Taylor play hisposition.

In the NFL, Lagrone follows the New York Giants and JasonSeahorn.

An honor roll student, Lagrone enjoys U.S. History andgovernment classes the best. He plans to attend Copiah-LincolnCommunity College and pursue a degree in physical therapy at OleMiss.