Troup High School’s bounce back football season not only resulted in eight wins this fall, it also meant the Tigers have some of the most coveted players in Region 5-AAAA.
That is the opinion of many. The Tigers were a landslide winner on the All-Region team. Twelve Troup High players were selected either first or second team on the 5-AAAA squad.
And that does bring some postseason joy to the Tiger football program, which went 8-3 this year. Coach Tanner Glisson of THS believes this All-Region recognition was earned.
“This is pretty good from where we came from. We had only two guys make it last year. Our guys are coachable. They put the team first, and they had a hunger to compete,” said Glisson. “We have character kids and blue collar kids.”
The Tigers also have five first team All-Region players and seven second team All-Region players. Troup High was the region runnerup this season, and the Tigers cemented a spot in the Class AAAA state playoffs.
And on that hard working Troup High team was a bunch of All-Region types. Topping the list for the Tigers is senior running back Camren Russell. He rushed for 881 yards and scored 11 touchdowns. Russell is a first team All-Region player.
But he isn’t the only one from Troup High School. Joining Russell on the first team is Tiger freshman wide receiver Kobe Hudson. He caught 25 passes for 664 yards and nine touchdowns this year.
Three more Troup High players made the All-Region first team with sophomore linebacker Kevin Martin, sophomore defensive end King Mwikuta and junior kicker Carson Wreyford. Martin finished the season with 71 tackles and 37 assists. Mwikuta ended the year with 23 tackles, 14 assists and six quarterback sacks.
Wreyford was a gamechanger, too, with a 38-yard punting average and a total of 38 extra point kicks. Wreyford made three of five field goal attempts as well. He also booted the ball into the endzone 39 times on kickoffs this year.
Troup had five offensive players make the All-Region second team, too. Those players include junior quarterback Montez Crowe, senior wide receiver Ken Truitt, junior tight end Kenly Bridwell, sophomore offensive guard Keshsawn Cameron and junior lineman Seth Adams.
Crowe led the Tigers this year with 1,920 yards passing and 18 touchdowns. Truitt was a consistent Friday night performer, too, with 29 catches for 526 yards and four touchdowns.
The flashy Truitt averaged 18 yards per catch.
Troup High sophomore linebacker Jacorius Willis and junior cornerback Macenta Stafford were also named to the All-Region second team. Willis had 55 tackles and 20 assists this season.
Stafford was on the run, too. He made 52 tackles with 10 assists forTanner Glisson’s Tigers.
Chris Fernsler Sports Writer