Another explosive night for Tigers

Published 6:17 pm Tuesday, September 12, 2017

By Kevin Eckleberry

LAGRANGE – That record didn’t last long.

In the season opener against Hardaway, Troup quarterback Montez Crowe threw for 415 yards, which was a single-game school record.

It took Crowe three games to break his own record.

In last week’s 62-10 win over Lamar County, Crowe completed 18-of-27 passes for 429 yards.

Crowe also threw four touchdown passes to four different players.

Crowe has thrown for 1,316 yards in four games, and he has been getting the ball to a host of talented receivers.

“You’ve got a lot of options out there on the perimeter,” Troup head coach Tanner Glisson said. “As long as we can protect Montez, he can make the right decisions, and get the ball to the right places. We’ve got a lot of weapons out there.”

One of those weapons is Thrash, a junior who has thrived in his first season at Troup after transferring from LaGrange.

In the Lamar County game, Thrash had seven catches for 223 yards with a pair of touchdowns.

Tight end Kenly Bridwell, Mark-Anthony Dixon, Kobe Hudson and Ja’Rell Smith each had one scoring catch for Troup.

Troup also got a rushing touchdown from Tyree Carlisle, and Macenta Stafford returned a punt for a score.

“It’s excellent for a quarterback to know you’ve got a line up front that can block for you, and you’ve got receivers you can throw to and they can catch it and take it the distance,” Crowe said.

Crowe threw scoring passes of seven yards to Bridwell, 23 yards to Thrash, 56 yards to Dixon, and 48 yards to Hudson.

Crowe’s numbers could have been even more ridiculous, but he had touchdown passes to Trey Williams and Macenta Stafford called back because of penalties.

“When I was in, I threw four touchdowns to four different receivers,” Crowe said. “To me that makes me feel good, because I know I’m distributing the ball to different people. And I barely got hit. I’d like to give (the offensive line) credit.”

Crowe’s final pass was a 48-yard touchdown to Hudson.

It was a perfect over-the-shoulder pass to Hudson, who has been nursing an injury the past few weeks after catching two touchdown passes in the season opener against Hardaway.

With Hudson returning to full strength, the Tigers are that much more dangerous offensively.

“Kobe Hudson hasn’t been healthy in two weeks,” Glisson said. “We’ve been playing him sparingly. When we’re full speed, we’ve got a lot of weapons.”

After Crowe left the game, he was an interested spectator as Sydney Lawson took over at quarterback.

Lawson threw touchdown passes of 11 yards to Thrash and 47 yards to Smith.

Lawson, a junior, transferred from Harris County before the season, and Crowe is one of his top supporters.

“I met him before he came to Troup. When he came to Troup, him and me had a bond,” Crowe said. “I’ve always tried to look out for him. After the (preseason) game vs. Harris County, I told him we’re trying to score as many points as possible. When you get in, don’t let up.  And he threw for a lot. And I told him good job, because next year it’s yours.”

Troup is off this week, and it will visit Chapel Hill for its Region 5-AAAA opener on Sept. 22.

Troup finished second in the region last season.