By: By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor
September 8, 2013
The Troup Tigers are ready to hit the road for the first time this season.
The Tigers haven’t yet had to travel after playing a preseason game and two regular-season games at Callaway Stadium.
On Friday, Troup’s players and coaches will load up the buses and head up the interstate to take on the Newnan Cougars.
Callaway and LaGrange will both be off this week.
Troup brings a 1-1 record into this week’s game after beating Redan 46-0 in the opener before losing to Callaway 34-21 last week.
Newnan, meanwhile, has already played three games, and it is 1-2 after falling to Sandy Creek 55-28 last week.
Newnan opened its season with a 52-21 loss to Marietta before beating LaGrange 42-20.
A year ago, Troup seemed to have Newnan on the ropes after taking a 14-0 lead through three quarters, but the visiting Cougars rallied for a 21-14 victory.
“We’re going to go look at the film, get back to the drawing board and correct some of the mistakes we made (against Callaway), and we’ve got a big one this week,” Troup head coach Lynn Kendall said. “It doesn’t get any easier. But we like to say when it gets too tough for everybody else, it’s just right for a Tiger.”
Newnan, meanwhile, is looking to bounce back after losing to Sandy Creek, the state’s top-ranked Class AAAA team and a defending state champion.
Newnan, traditionally a strong defensive team, has given up at least 50 points in both of its losses.
Callaway (2-0) will take the week off before getting back at it on Sept. 20 with a home game against Harris County (0-2).
LaGrange (0-2), which remained winless with Friday’s 38-27 loss to Harris County, will visit Thomson on Sept. 20.