Troup quarterback throws first touchdown pass
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
In his second start, Troup High freshman quarterback Taeo Todd threw his first career touchdown pass.
In the third quarter of last week’s game against the Callaway Cavaliers, Troup was facing a fourth-down situation at the Callaway 4-yard line.
Todd rolled out and threw a strike to Navelle Dean for the touchdown, and the extra point cut Callaway’s lead to 14-7.
Todd ended up completing 5-of-15 passes for 60 yards with the touchdown, and he didn’t throw any interceptions.
Dean, a sophomore, was Todd’s favorite target with four catches for 40 yards and Dwartney Wortham caught one pass for 30 yards.
Todd also headlined Troup’s running attack.
Senior Anthony Ferguson, who ran for more than 200 yards in the season opener against Harris County, was limited to 27 yards on 20 attempts against Callaway.
Todd picked up the slack with 108 yards on eight carries, and he nearly scored on a 70-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Sophomore AJ Tucker also had a productive game on the ground with 48 yards on seven attempts, an average of 6.9 yards per carry.
LEADING THE WAY: A pair of senior defensive backs delivered big-time performances against Callaway.
Jace Godwin led the Tigers with eight tackles with a forced fumble, and Sirr Morgan added seven tackles.
Also for Troup, defensive lineman Xavier Clarke had seven tackles with one fumble recovery, and defensive lineman Zy Varner had tackles with a sack.
SPECIAL-TEAMS MISCUES: The Troup Tigers are off this week, and they’ll no doubt spend some time working on special teams.
The Tigers had some issues in the kicking game last week that were a key reason they lost to the Callaway Cavaliers 28-7.
Troup’s most noteworthy special-teams miscue came in the third quarter when it had some momentum after scoring a touchdown to get within seven.
After Taeo Todd threw a touchdown pass to Navelle Dean, Callaway’s lead was down to 14-7 with 5:47 left in the third quarter.
The ensuing kickoff went over the heads of all the Callaway players, and Osiris Rivas picked the ball up around the 10-yard line.
Rivas eluded a few would-be tacklers, and he soon found himself with a clear path to the end zone, and he raced 90 yards for the touchdown.
“We kick it over his head by 10, 15 yards, and they didn’t really set up a return, and we don’t get him on the ground,” Troup head coach Tanner Glisson said.
Troup also had a muffed punt return when it had a chance to begin a possession in Callaway territory.