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Busy closing stretch continues for Tigers

By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY

Daily News

The Troup Tigers are hoping they’ll have an opportunity to play for a region championship on Saturday, but before that becomes a reality they’ll have to take care of business against another Columbus team.

Troup (5-3 overall) will carry a 5-1 Region 2-AAAA record into Tuesday’s game against Jordan at Kinnett Stadium at 6:30 p.m.

If Troup beats Jordan, it will return to Kinnett Stadium on Saturday to play Carver with first place in the region on the line.

Troup is in the midst of a busy stretch to close the regular season.

Including Saturday’s game against LaGrange, Troup will play three games in eight days to finish the regular season.

Troup earned a hard-fought 14-7 over LaGrange on Saturday, and it had one day of practice on Monday before playing another game.

“We’ve got to flush it, and get ready to play again Tuesday,” Troup head coach Tanner Glisson said following Saturday’s game. “That was physical, so we’ve got to get in there and see who’s beat up and see who can go.”

Troup’s opponent on Tuesday will be a Jordan team that is 2-6, and the wins came against Kendrick and Spencer, who have one win between them.

Since beating Kendrick on Oct. 9, Jordan has lost four straight games, and it has been outscored 179-21 in those four games combined.

Troup finishes the week against Carver, which has been the top dog in the region so far.

Carver (7-0 overall) is 7-0 in the region, and it beat Hardaway 34-21 in a first-place showdown on Nov. 13.

Also this week, the LaGrange Grangers will conclude a successful regular season with a home game against Hardaway on Thursday at Callaway Stadium.

LaGrange (6-3 overall) is 5-2 in the region, and it will be in the state playoffs no matter what happens against Hardaway.

The Callaway Cavaliers have a huge matchup with the rival Heard County Braves on Friday in a game with a lot on the line.

Callaway (6-1 overall) and Heard County (6-3 overall) are tied with Haralson County for first place in Region 5-AA with 2-1 records. While Callaway and Heard County will play at Callaway Stadium, Haralson County will visit Bremen on Friday night.

Callaway will finish first or second in the region with a win over Heard, meaning it would host a game in the first round of the state playoffs.