Troup heading to West Point for spring game

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 26, 2016

By Kevin Eckleberry

LAGRANGE – The Troup Tigers will put the pads on and finish up their spring practice with a scrimmage game in West Point on Wednesday.

The Tigers, under the direction of second-year head coach Tanner Glisson, have been practicing for two weeks, and they will use their final allotted day for a scrimmage game at the football stadium in West Point.

In past years, Troup has held its spring game at Callaway Stadium, but Glisson wants to try to become more involved in West Point, and he figures this is a nice step in that direction.

“We’re going to try a JV game or two during the season as well, just do some things to try to reach out to that area,” Glisson said. “I think we’ll have a big crowd down there.”

While Troup is finishing up spring practice, Callaway is about to get started.

Callaway, which is heading into its 12th season under head coach Pete Wiggins, will begin its two-week spring practice period on Thursday.

The LaGrange Grangers, who are led by third-year head coach Dialleo Burks, will not have a spring practice this year.

Teams that bypass spring practice are eligible to play two preseason games, so that’s what LaGrange will be doing this fall.

When school ends in a few weeks, Callaway, LaGrange and Troup will all turn their attention to their respective summer programs that will include daily workouts, camps, seven-on-seven games and other events.

Official preseason practice as mandated by the Georgia High School Association begins on July 25, and teams can hold their first full-contact practices on Aug. 1.

The season gets under way on Aug. 19 with LaGrange playing Callaway, and Troup visiting Hardaway.

While Callaway is coming off a successful season that included a region championship and a trip to the second round of the state playoffs, LaGrange and Troup are both looking to bounce back after missing the playoffs.

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