Tigers finish spring with win
Published 1:41 am Saturday, May 18, 2019
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
There were a few new faces, but it was business as usual for the Troup Tigers.
Troup, coming off a memorable season that ended with a hard-fought loss to eventual state-champion Blessed Trinity in the semifinals of the state playoffs, looked impressive in Friday’s spring game against Newnan.
In the first half when the starters were on the field, Troup outscored Newnan 21-7, with quarterback Nick Schweizer throwing three touchdowns.
In the second half when it was mostly reserves on the field, Newnan tied it at 21-21 before Troup scored three unanswered touchdowns to win 42-21.
Zy Varner, who didn’t play wide receiver last season, had a pair of touchdown receptions, and Ja’Rell also had a scoring catch.
In the second half, Cory Clark, AJ Tucker and Navontae Moss each had touchdown runs.
Kobe Hudson, Troup’s all-state quarterback last season, played wide receiver and defensive back and made an impact in both areas.
It was an all-around impressive performance for the Tigers, who are looking to build on the best season in the history of the program.
“I felt like the guys were relaxed, I felt like they played relaxed,” said Tanner Glisson, who is heading into his fifth season as Troup’s head coach. “They knew what to do. They played like they’d been coached, and they were physical. The first half was very impressive for a spring game in my opinion.”
The Tigers went to work early, with Schweizer throwing a 25-yard touchdown pass to Ja’Rell Smith, who made a terrific one-handed catch in the end zone.
After a Newnan fumble, Troup struck again, with Schweizer finding Varner over the middle for a 21-yard touchdown.
Later in the half, Schweizer hooked up with tight end Luke Purnell for a long completion into Newnan territory.
A few plays later, Schweizer tossed a 21-yard touchdown pass to Varner, and Troup led 21-0.
The Cougars ran off three straight touchdowns before the Tigers regained the momentum in the fourth quarter.
Clark bulled over some Newnan defenders for a 3-yard scoring run, and Troup led 28-21.
Tucker’s touchdown run pushed the lead to 35-21, and Moss capped the scoring with a 2-yard scoring run.
The last touchdown was set up by Chris Helton’s sack and fumble recovery.