Troup blows out Hardaway behind five first half touchdowns from Taeo Todd

Published 10:44 pm Thursday, August 24, 2023

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The Troup Tigers has no obstacles in their first road game of the season, trouncing Hardaway 50-0 on Thursday.

“We try to get everybody in the game and try to get some of the younger guys some experience,” Troup coach Tanner Glisson said. “The game was in check early, and we came out of it with just one injury, so we are feeling pretty good about it.”

The game was over rather quickly and the entirety of the second half was played with a running clock.

Quarterback Taeo Todd starred once again. He was apart of both touchdown in the first quarter, throwing one to Sinkfield and then running one in as well. 

Todd was not done there as he rushed for two more touchdowns in the second quarter as well as a beautiful touchdown throw to Tyreon Smith in the back of the end zone. His day was done with five touchdowns in less than a half of play.

While Todd will steal the headlines, Sinkfield showcased what makes him such a versatile player. 

He caught multiple big passes, including the opening touchdown on a deep strike from Todd. Sinkfield got some reps at quarterback in the second and third quarter and darted into the end zone for a rushing touchdown with four seconds to go in the first half to put the Tigers up 43-0.

“Wherever you put Logan is going to be in a place to make plays, Glisson said. “He is really pulling the load for us so far in filling that Qua Moss role.”

The running game was clicking as well as the passing game. Ashton Williams gave the team a steady offense out of the backfield with the starters and JaQuaveon Kennedy came in with the backups and scored the only touchdown of the game in the second half on a short run.

Tryce was not the only reserve who got valuable reps. Sophomore quarterback Garrison Edwards and others saw important playing time in the second half.

“We tried to get some guys that are not just on the border,” Glisson said. “We wanted to get some backups some experience with the starters.” 

The offense played a mostly mistake-free game of football with no major errors by the starters and very few by the reserves.

“We played with more control tonight,” Glisson said. “We sent out some disciplinary stuff after last week, so hopefully those guys learned their lesson.”

The Troup defense picked up right where they left off last week, but this time they got a shutout after letting Harris County score a garbage time touchdown won a week ago.

First-year defensive coordinator Quin Prather has his defense flying to the ball right now.

“Truth be told we have played seven quarters and really haven’t been scored on,” Glission said “They are flying around right now.”

Linebacker TJ Mitchell has been outstanding to start the season and came through once again on Thursday with a big fumble recovery in the first half.

It was not just the offense and defense that has been clicking early in the season for Troup. The special teams have been aces as well.

The Tigers blocked a punt late in the first half that set up Sinkfield’s rushing touchdown as well as made all six extra points after initially going for two on the opening touchdown.

After having kickoff problems last week with multiple going out of bounds, Troup had the solution this week as not a single kick went out.

Troup (2-0) has not really been tested so far this year, but that will all change next week when Tigers battle it out with Callaway.

“We know that we will have a tough test next week versus Callaway,” Glisson said. “We get an extra day to get healthy and get ready for that game.”