Now that we have reached the Elite Eight in the GHSA football playoffs, many fans have started to notice there is an outstanding football team between Dublin and Macon just off the Dexter exit on Interstate 16. That team is the West Laurens Raiders (11-1), coached by Kagan McClain.
A few facts about this team needs to be shared. Before McClain arrived as a defensive coordinator, the Raiders in their history had only won 35 percent of their games and the school was located a short stop from Dublin High, another football power in Laurens County. There are several small communities which surround West Laurens and that is where their talent is drawn from.
I asked the now-head coach McClain what the biggest factor has been in this year’s success.
“Without a doubt it’s the dedication over the past two or three years to their working hard in the weight room,” McClain said. “The kids have bought into the fact that if we aren’t getting stronger every week, we are not playing the game of football the way it was designed to be played.”
The West Laurens Raiders own a few weight-lifting titles in Class 4A, which brings great joy to McClain.
“We are without a doubt a blue-collar football team here at West Laurens,” said McClain. “It has served us well and reflects the personality of our communities here in Dexter and those around us.”