Troup’s Adams shines against Carver
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
Jordan Adams, a senior defensive lineman for the Troup Tigers, came through with a big-time performance in his final regular-season game.
In a showdown with Carver with the Region 2-AAAA championship on the line, Adams had one of the best games of his memorable high-school career, although Troup fell short 32-29.
Adams had 10 tackles including seven for loss, and he had three sacks of Carver’s gifted quarterback, Devin Riles.
Adams has had a strong senior season for a defense that has held eight of its 10 opponents to 14 points or less.
Before the season, Adams talked about his philosophy that allows him to be an ultra-competitor on game nights.
“I look at it like this is how
I’m going to feed my family,” Adams said. “That man in front of me is stopping me from that. After (the game) I’ll shake his hand.”
TJ Mitchell, a freshman linebacker, also had a big game against Carver with 11 tackles, including three for loss with a sack.
Senior defensive lineman Christopher Hilton had eight tackles with one for loss.
Jacob Bailey, a freshman defensive lineman had eight tackles, and sophomore defensive back Nazir Easter had six tackles with one for loss.
Troup’s defense held Carver to 12 points through three quarters before giving up three touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
For the season, despite the difficult fourth quarter against Carver, Troup’s defense has given up less than 15 points per game.
Before the Carver game, Troup hadn’t allowed more than 14 points since the third game of the season, a 28-26 loss to Hardaway.
RANKED TIGERS: Troup, which played one of the most challenging schedules in Class AAAA, finished the season ranked 10th in the Score Atlanta poll.
Troup went 6-4, and its four losses came to teams with a combined record of 28-8, and all four teams are in the state playoffs.
Two of Troup’s losses were to Callaway (7-1) and Carver (8-0), who won region championships, and Hardaway (7-3) and Harris County (6-4) are in the playoffs.
Troup led Carver 29-12 through three quarters, but it lost 32-29 when Carver scored a touchdown with 13 seconds remaining.
Benedictine (6-2), Troup’s first-round opponent in the state playoffs, is fourth in the Class AAAA composite rankings.
Troup and Benedictine will play on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium in Savannah.
This will be the first-ever meeting between the two programs.