Milestone night for Troup running back
Published 9:11 pm Monday, November 4, 2019
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
He hit 1,000 yards in style.
Troup High’s Trey Williams came into last week’s game against Central-Carroll less than 100 yards away from the 1,000-yard milestone.
Williams reached 1,000 yards and then some thanks to the best game of his high-school career.
In a critical 37-14 victory over Central-Carroll, Williams had a performance to remember.
Williams had 30 carries for 265 yards, an average of 8.8 yards per attempt, and he also had two 50-yard touchdown runs.
Through nine games, Williams has 1,262 yards on 182 carries with 12 touchdowns, and six times he’s had 100 or more yards in a game.
“He has been so steady,” said Tanner Glisson, Troup’s head coach. “He’s a quiet leader. He just goes about his job, and works extremely hard, and does whatever we ask him to do.”
Another local player closing in on a milestone is Callaway junior quarterback Demetrius Coleman, who is less than 50 yards shy of 2,000 passing yards.
Coleman threw for 200 yards in last week’s win over Jordan, giving him 1,953 yards for the season.
Coleman, who has excelled since moving into the starting lineup for the final regular-season game of the 2018 season, should make it to 2,000 yards in Callaway’s state-playoff opener next week.
Coleman has done a nice job of getting the ball into the hands of all of Callaway’s gifted wide receivers.
“Demetrius has got a lot of confidence in every single one that they can make a play in any situation,” said Matt Napier, Callaway’s offensive coordinator.
Callaway and Troup both had plenty of other offensive play-makers in last week’s region wins.
For Troup, while quarterback Kobe Hudson only completed two passes (one went for a touchdown), he did a lot of damage on the ground. Hudson, who is closing in on a 1,000-yard season of his own, beat the Central-Carroll defense for 148 yards on nine carries, and he had a 48-yard touchdown run.
It was Hudson’s best rushing performance since he had 240 yards in the season opener against Ridgeland.
For the season, Hudson has 755 yards on 81 attempts with six touchdowns.
While the Tigers were almost primarily a running team last week, Hudson did connect for a 21-yard touchdown pass to Nick Schweizer in the second half.
Schweizer, Troup’s back-up quarterback, has done solid work at wide receiver the past two weeks in the absence of the injured Mark-Anthony Dixon.
Schweizer had five catches for 80 yards in a loss to Cedartown the previous week.
Navantae Moss also provided a spark for Troup against Central-Carroll with six carries for 30 yards, and Schweizer ran twice for eight yards.
For Callaway, Coleman was out of the game early in the second half of last week’s 51-0 win over Jordan, but he was on the field long enough to put up some gaudy numbers.
Coleman completed 8-of-13 passes for 200 yards with four touchdowns, two to Jacob Freeman, and one apiece to Antinez Blount and offensive lineman Tate Johnson.
Freeman had a monster game with two receptions for 105 yards with the two touchdowns, and Blount had two receptions for 33 yards with a touchdown.
Jalin Shephard added one catch for 28 yards, and Markus Morman had one reception for 18 yards.
The most unusual of Callaway’s seven touchdowns came in the third quarter when Johnson, a 300-pound plus offensive lineman, took a screen pass from Coleman and raced into the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown.
“We worked on it every day in practice and made sure we had it down,” said Johnson, who has committed to Auburn.
Callaway also got it done on the ground against Jordan, even with all-state running back Cartavious “Tank” Bigsby not playing.
Charlie Dixon, who combines with Bigsby to give Callaway an imposing one-two combination at running back, had three carries for 63 yards with two touchdowns.
As for Coleman, who rarely played a full game since the Cavaliers so often won by blowout, he finished the regular season completing 89-of-158 passes for