Troup stands tall in scrimmage
by By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor
It was a fine start for the Troup Tigers.
Taking on one of Alabama’s top teams in a preseason game Friday night, the Tigers ended up on the short end of a 17-14 score against Auburn High, but they led 7-3 at the half when the starters were in the game.
The game served as a tune-up for Thursday’s season opener against Redan at Callaway Stadium.
“There were a number of things that really stood out positively,” Troup head coach Lynn Kendall said. “And I think there’s plenty to work on, and that’s the good thing about these games. You see that.”
The Tigers, with junior quarterback Will Smith at the helm for the second straight season, moved the ball well in the first half.
Their lone touchdown came on a scoring run by Dre Towns, and Michael Young made the extra point.
The Tigers had a few other nice drives in the first half, but they were unable to put more points on the board, and Kendall said penalties had a lot to do with that.
“We did some things that weren’t good, and those are things we just have to eliminate,” Kendall said. “Some of them we need to stop period, the penalty things, just dead-ball things, offsides, false starts. I thought we had a couple of drives killed because of that.”
Kendall was encouraged by the performance of the starters in the first half, though.
The offensive line did a terrific job, and Towns and fellow running back Daryl Dunlap “ran the ball real hard” according to Kendall.
In the second half, Troup’s defense accounted for the touchdown, with Hunter Mowers returning an interception for a score, and Young once again converting the extra point.
Auburn’s backup players managed a pair of touchdowns, and that was just enough for the win.
Kendall said Auburn’s starters were impressive, and their second and third-stringers aren’t too shabby, either.“
It seemed like they had 150 players. They have a huge program. Tim (Carter) does a great job over there,” Kendall said. “Even with their middle-school program they have big numbers. That’s a great team for us to play. They’re a good challenge for us. Both teams usually get after each other pretty good.”
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