The Troup High athletic program has excelled in recent years, developing a powerhouse football team as well as a record-setting baseball team.
Once the annual underdog against rival La-Grange, Troup High School has turned around since Head Coach Tanner Glisson took over the program, and currently boasts a winning streak over their in-state rival. The Tigers have enjoyed tremendous success in recent years, sending multiple players to the next level—with athletes like 2020 Auburn commit Kobe Hudson still on the team—and amassed an impressive 9-3 record last season.
The Tigers made it to the second round of state last year and are looking to return nearly everyone from last season—with the notable exception of their star quarterback.
Troup is looking to improve on last year’s resume, and with a well-stocked team, the Tigers have a chance to go further than last year. However, with a new coach in town at La-Grange and with a game against elite Callaway in the upcoming season, the Tigers might be facing a tougher schedule than last year.
Similar to the predictions made earlier for the Grangers and the Cavaliers, we have put together a much-too-early prediction of the Tigers’ 2018 football season. The expressed opinion is just that; all games will be decided on the field. Predictions are based on the records of each opponent in relation to the Tigers’ own in addition to the Tigers’ spring game performance. The Tigers opened the spring season with a game against Newnan, tying 14-14.
Here is a look at the Tigers’ upcoming schedule with predictions made for each game. 8/24—Troup at Ridgeland (L)— The Tigers open the season away in one of the toughest games of the season. Ridgeland went 11-1 last season, led by an explosive offense and a suffocating defense. They were only one score away from making it to the third round of the state playoff last season and will probably open hot on their home turf. The Tigers have a shot at winning, but any mistakes on the road will likely cost them the game. 8/30—Troup vs Columbus (W)— Columbus High School had a 3-7 record last year. The Tigers, returning almost everyone from a 9-3 season, should have no trouble earning their first win at home. Columbus also earned a 44-13 loss to the Cavaliers last season. 9/7—Troup at Harris County (W)— Though Harris County only had a 5-7 record last season, they gave their all to the Cavaliers and came within one score of winning. Though the Tigers should pull out the victory, it may be closer than expected. 9/14—Troup vs Callaway (W)— The Tigers earn one of their best wins of the season against a great Cavaliers team September 14th. Though the Cavaliers remain a strong team, the experience pool the Tigers are drawing from will help them take the
win. The Cavaliers will feel the loss of seventeen seniors against a team that is returning nearly everyone. Both programs remain strong, but the Tigers pull off a great win.
9/21—Troup vs Chapel Hill (W)— Chapel Hill went 6-5 last season and barely squeaked out a win over a winless Granger team. The Tigers should have no trouble sailing past them for their fourth victory.
9/28—Troup at Sandry Creek (W)— The Tigers earn another solid win over Sandy Creek, a team that broke even at 5-5 last season.
10/12—Troup vs La-Grange (L)— Yes, this is a bold prediction, and everything indicates that the Tigers will continue their streak in solid fashion over the Grangers. But with a new coach in town, the Grangers just might have enough spark. Combined with the unpredictability of a rivalry game, and the fact that the Grangers are hungry to get back to their glory days over their in-state rival, and the Grangers may just have what it takes to earn one of the most miraculous upset wins in the history of the county.
10/19—Troup vs Cedartown (W)— Troup lost 21- 18 to Cedartown last year, and the team will be certain to remember this on the field. The Tigers will look to take down Cedartown on their senior night. With a more experienced team, Troup will get the revenge they are looking for.
10/26—Troup at Central Carroll (W)— The Tigers defeated Central Carroll 35-14 last year, and they have every reason to improve on that score this year.
11/2—Troup at Cartersville (L)— Cartersville crushed the Tigers 55-13 last year and came close to beating powerhouse Blessed Trinity. The Tigers will look to beat them this year, but Cartersville will pull off the win.
Based on the schedule provided by eagle1023, we predict the Tigers to go 7- 3 in the regular season. Some bold predictions have been made, and it will be interesting to see how the Tigers compare in the 2018 season.
The author of this article can be reached via email at jboggs@ troupcountynews.net.