ELLIJAY - The season came to a close for the Troup Tigers on Friday in the first round of the Class AAAA state playoffs.
The Tigers had the ball late with a chance to drive for the winning score, but they were unable to make it happen, and the home-standing Gilmer County Bobcats hung on for a 26-22 victory.
Troup, which finished third in Region 5-AAAA, closed its season with a 6-5 record.
The Tigers trailed 26-7 in the first half, but a late touchdown in the second quarter, and a touchdown early in the third quarter brought them within four points.
The Tigers were unable to put any more points on the board, though, and their hopes ended with an interception with less than a minute left.
Gilmer County was able to run out the clock and advance to the second round to face Marist.
Trailing 20-0, Troup finally got on the board on a Dre Towns 5-yard touchdown run with nine minutes left in the first half.
After Gilmer County went up 26-7, Dexter Shealey threw a touchdown pass to Justice Marable, and Shealey then ran in the two-point conversion attempt, and it was a 26-15 game at the half.
Troup’s defense forced a Gilmer punt to start the second half, and the Tigers got the ball on their own 46-yard line.
The Tigers were on the 5-yard line when one of their players recovered a fumble in the end zone, cutting Gilmer’County’s lead to 26-21, and Michael Young’s extra point made it 26-22, and that’s the way it ended.