The Tigers are looking to rebound Thursday in the first round of the Class AAAA state playoffs. Troup, now 9-1, suffered their first loss of the season in a 43-10 to Cartersville in the region championship game last week.
Not only was it the Tigers’ first loss all season, it was also the first time Troup got dominated in any area of the game. A strong Tiger offense was shut down by a suffocated Purple Hurricanes defense, and Troup quarterback Kobe Hudson failed to find his usual stride.
The loss, however, may be just the reality check the Tigers needed to come into the playoffs fully prepared.
Troup will face off against Oconee County at Callaway Stadium at 7:30 PM on Thursday. The Tigers will be taking on a lackluster 6-4 Warriors team that has fallen to most teams with a winning record this season.
The Tigers, with only one loss under their belt, should have no problem securing a victory Thursday night and may look to make a statement win.
It’s a position the Tigers haven’t been in before this season, and fans will see for the first time how this Troup team responds to adversity.
On paper, the game is a mismatch, with the Tigers scoring a total of 374 points on the season. That’s nearly two hundred more than the Warriors’ high of 184. On average, the Troup scores over 37 points a game, while the Warriors lag behind at just 18.
Oconee County does have a better statistical defense, allowing only 14 points a game compared to 18 for the Tigers. These figures may be misleading, however, because Troup’s huge loss to Cartersville skews their season average.
But it just may be that the Purple Hurricanes laid out a blueprint for success against the Tigers in their 43-10 takedown of Troup. The Tigers will have to work to preclude a similar result as they move forward in the playoffs—especially if they make it past the Warriors and onto tougher competition.
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