By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor
October 17, 2013
COLUMBUS - The Troup Tigers ran all over the Columbus Blue Devils Thursday night.
The Tigers amassed more than 600 yards on the ground en route to a comfortable 49-6 victory in a Region 5-AAAA game.
The Tigers (3-4 overall) evened their region record at 2-2 heading into next week’s home game against Fayette County.
Troup’s defense, meanwhile, delivered a dominant performance as well.
The Blue Devils scored a touchdown on a long pass play in the third quarter, but that was just about their only offensive highlight.
The Blue Devils were limited to 29 rushing yards, and quarterback Derrick James completed just 5-of-21 passes for 113 yards, with a 77-yard touchdown.
Troup’s defensive line overwhelmed the Columbus offensive line, giving James little time to throw the ball, and the running backs almost no room to run.
A bunch of different Troup players got into the act on offense.
Devonte Swanson had a couple of long touchdown runs, and Daryl Dunlap had three scoring runs.
Mess Bonner also had a long touchdown run, and Dexter Shealey had a scoring run from his quarterback position.
It didn’t take the Tigers long to put the first points on the scoreboard.
After a Columbus fumble, Swanson got into the open field and showed off his sprinter’s speed with a 79-yard scoring run.
The Tigers bogged down on their next few offensive possessions, but they picked up the pace late in the second quarter.
Troup had an 11-play, 84-yard drive that ended with a Dunlap 20-yard touchdown run.
Less than two minutes later, the Tigers only needed one play to score, with Bonner going 72 yards for the touchdown.
Quarterback Will Smith ran in the two-point conversion, and Troup was up 20-0, which was the score at the half.
The Tigers kept the onslaught going in the third quarter.
On their first possession of the second half, the Tigers went 48 yards on eight plays, with Dunlap finishing things off with a 7-yard run, and R.J. Hairston’s two-point conversion run pushed the lead to 28-0.
Three minutes later, Swanson struck again, this time going 80 yards down the right sideline for the touchdown.
Michael Young made his first of three extra points, and Troup was ahead 35-0.
After Columbus scored on a 77-yard pass play from James to Dale Williams late in the third quarter, Troup scored the game’s final two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
Just nine seconds into the final quarter, Dunlap scored on a 55-yard run, and Shealey capped the scoring with a 15-yard run.
Dunlap, who ran for more than 300 yards against Columbus last year, had 154 yards on 13 carries this season.
Dunlap, Swanson and Dre Towns each ran for more than 100 yards, and Bonner was just a few yards short of that number