Let’s get one thing perfectly clear. The Troup High Tigers are not a one-hit wonder. This year’s football explosion over at Troup, should and most likely will continue next year. The Tigers expect to be good again next season as they shoot for the moon and the Region 5-AAAA championship.
“We’re excited. We have a great staff and a lot of guys returning. We have some experience coming back,” said Glisson.
That’s an understatement. Next season the Tiger football machine will return 16 starters. Seven offensive starters will be back on the field for Troup. Eight more starters will return for the Tigers on defense. One more Tiger starter returns on special teams.
Welcome to the Troup High buzzsaw.
“This is an exciting time to be a Tiger. We also have some good players from the junior varsity and middle school (that will move up). Our program has changed, and we’re setting the bar higher,” said Glisson.
The Tigers do have some big time players with game time. Not only that, they know how to win. Troup labored long and hard for its 8-3 record this year.
“We have some mental toughness. We’re fighting hard. We have good people with some pride. We want to keep on climbing,” said Glisson.
The returning football skills for Troup High include junior quarterback Montez Crowe, junior running back Jackson Davis, junior split end Macenta Stafford, sophomore running back Tyree Carlisle, freshman wide receiver Kobe Hudson, and linemen Seth Adams, Keshawn Cameron (5-foot-11, 269 pounds) and Colby Harry (5-foot-11, 229 pounds).
Junior place kicker Carson Wreyford will return to the Tiger football program next season, too. He’s a weapon, as are all eight of the returning defensive starters for the Tigers. Troup High has a solid foundation on defense with sophomore nose guard Gabriel Hubbard (6-foot-3, 221 pounds), sophomore lineman Kaliff Thornton, sophomore defensive end King Mwikuta (6-foot-4, 200 pounds), linebacker Jacorious Willis and sophomore nose tackle Jay Brodie Messer.
The embarrassment of riches for the Tigers also includes Hudson at cornerback, and Kevin Martin and Nick Ligon at linebacker. All three have starting experience. Martin and Ligon are sophomores.
“We have a good nucleus (returning), and we have a chance to be better next year,” said Glisson.
That is a scary thought.
Chris Fernsler Sports Writer