Everything is coming together like a jigsaw puzzle.
For the first time since 2005, Troup High has started a football season with four consecutive wins. The Tigers won again with flair, finesse and a punch in the mouth on Thursday night as they slammed Lamar County, 62-10 at Callaway Stadium. And 506 yards later the Tigers had their 4-0 record. Troup High football is on an emotional high. Lamar County knows it, and Tiger head coach Tanner Glisson knows it.
“We’re playing with a lot of confidence, and we’re trying to get more physical. We have a lot of options on the perimeter with a lot of weapons. The players are pretty coachable,” said Glisson.
The Tigers have yet to find a defense that can slow down their passing game. The Trojans certainly had no answers. Lamar County gave up 433 passing yards to the “Air Raid” Tigers.
Troup High went over the top of the backpeddaling Trojan defense for six touchdown passes. Tiger quarterbacks Montez Crowe and Sydney Lawson took turns as they dissected the Trojan defense. Crowe threw three touchdown passes and completed 16 of 27 balls for 340 yards.
Lawson, the 6-foot-3, 180-pound junior, also went 4-for-5 with the passing game for 93 yards and three scores. Lawson threw touchdown passes of 33 yards to Kobe Hudson, 10 yards to Jamari Thrash and 47 yards to sophomore JaRell Smith.
Lamar County got tired just thinking about it.
“Troup has a lot of dudes. They’re good,” said John Flath, the head coach of the Trojans (0-3).
Crowe, Troup High’s starting quarterback, threw three touchdown passes before halftime. And Thrash, the junior with good wheels, had a nose for the end zone. Thrash scored twice with a 23-yard pass from Crowe and a 10-yard touchdown pass from Lawson.
It was all for the common cause, which is winning for the Tigers. They are pretty good at that.
“Everyone on our team is a threat (to score). We can get open on every play,” said Thrash.
It looked like it on Thursday night. The Tigers even scored via the running game on an 18-yard touchdown from junior halfback Tyree Carlisle in the first quarter. Troup High took its first lead of the game, and there would be many more touchdowns for the Tigers.
Troup High even squeazed some points out of special teams. Tiger sophomore Mark Anthony Dixon scored on a 50-yard punt return in the third period. Troup High senior Macenta Stafford would take the scenic route, too, with a 46-yard punt return for a touchdown with 8:58 left in the fourth quarter.
“We are fast tempo. We have teamwork and a lot of unselfishness. Our objective is to score on every drive (offense and special teams),” said Dixon.
Lamar County still gave it everything it had, and that was worth 10 points. The Trojans scored on a Dawson Davis 21-yard field goal with 2:24 remaining in the first period. Lamar County actually took a 30 lead before the Tigers woke up from their early evening nap.
The Trojans also tallied a touchdown on a Jonah Stout 12-yard pass to senior tailback Rondez Fletcher with 59 seconds left in the first half. Lamar County would not cross the goal line again, though the Trojans did try with their 123 yards and five first downs. Troup High hit the 20 mark with first downs.
“Our guys didn’t back down. We fought, and I love our guys,” said Flath, the Trojan first-year coach.