Hudson shines for Tigers
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
One half of work was enough for Troup’s Kobe Hudson.
The Troup Tigers put on a clinic in the opening half of Thursday’s game against Columbus, surging to a 40-0 lead at Callaway Stadium on the way to a 47-14 victory.
Hudson, Troup’s junior quarterback, was responsible for a lot of the damage while leading an explosive offense.
Hudson did it with his arm, completing 8-of-14 passes for 196 yards with a pair of touchdowns, and he also ran for 45 yards on four attempts with two scores.
In the second half, Nick Schweizer took over at quarterback, and he completed 4-of-8 passes for 86 yards with a touchdown.
All of Troup’s offensive weapons were on display.
Hudson, a wide receiver the past two seasons, continues to look comfortable at his new position, and he led the Tigers to five first-half touchdowns.
Senior running back Tyree Carlisle was sensational, running for 54 yards on eight attempts, while catching two passes for 70 yards with a touchdown.
Carlisle capped the first-half scoring when he caught a short screen pass from Hudson and turned it into a 63-yard touchdown.
Jamari Thrash had three catches for 67 yards with a 12-yard touchdown, and he had a 47-yard reception that set up another score.
Joko Willis, a standout on defense as a linebacker, had two catches for 50 yards, and Mark-Anthony Dixon had two receptions for 47 yards with a 36-yard touchdown.
Trey Williams ran for 69 yards on 10 carries with a touchdown, and Cory Cato burst onto the scene in the second half and ran for 76 yards on eight attempts with a touchdown.
“We feel like if we execute at a high level, we can be the most dangerous offense in the state,” said Thrash, who has 20 touchdown catches in his past 14 games. “We preach at practice, execute, execute, execute. We feel like if we execute at a high level, our odds of completing that play are very high.”
Troup’s veteran offensive line made sure Hudson had time to throw, and that the running backs had holes to run through.
“Without them, there wouldn’t be any good running,” Carlisle said. “They make a lot of holes for me. I’ve just got to do my job and hit them.”
While the offense was moving the ball at will, Troup’s defense delivered another dominant effort.
In the first half when the starters were in the game, Columbus was limited to one first down, and Alonzo Ogletree returned an interception for a touchdown.
In the second half, head coach Tanner Glisson kept most of the starters on the sideline, and Columbus was able to find the end zone twice.
“You want everybody to play, but you can’t get sloppy,” Glisson said. “When you play so many people, so many young guys, you run that risk, and we were a little sloppy in the second half on both sides of the ball.”
Troup will visit Harris County next Friday.