Troup trounces Fayette County to clinch playoff berth
Published 9:27 pm Thursday, October 19, 2023
It was a demolition job on Thursday night as The Troup Tigers blasted Fayette County 56-0 to book a spot in the AAAA state playoffs for the eighth year running.
“This has never been done in the history of Troup football,” Troup coach Tanner Glisson said. “Making it eight times in a row to the playoffs is a real testament to our kids, our coaches, and we are excited about that first and foremost.”
The Tigers ran away with the game early, taking a 29-0 lead into the second quarter.
Troup was led to victory by senior quarterback Logan Sinkfield, who had four touchdown runs and one touchdown pass.
“Logan is tremendous,” Glisson said. “We haven’t had him playing quarterback for long, but he is going to be just fine back there.”
Sinkfield has stepped in as the team’s starting quarterback after fellow senior Taeo Todd suffered a season-ending injury earlier in the season.
Sinkfield had three of his touchdowns on the ground came on 45+ yard runs. His lone touchdown pass was a 52-yard pitch and catch with Ben Taylor who rumbled into the end zone to put Troup up 35-0 early in the second quarter.
Sinkfield was not the only senior that shined on senior night, Noah Dixon put together a complete game on both sides of the ball. He kicked off the scoring when he scampered into the end zone on fourth and one from the 11-yard line on Troup’s first drive of the game. He went on to intercept two passes on defense as well.
“Our no. 1’s haven’t played a full game in over a month, so I am really concerned about that, so we tried to run some tempo with those guys tonight,” Glisson said.
The rushing attack for the Troup offense was carving up Fayette County all game with Sinkfield and Ashton Williams showing some next level speed.
“I thought up front we blocked really well and really lowered our pad level and got after them,” Glisson said. “The top end speed was there because that is the way that we go after it at practice.”
Williams had rushing touchdowns of 85 and 61 yards as nobody on the Fayette County defense could corral him.
The defense, which has been one of the very best in AAAA this season, put together another strong showing on Thursday night, pitching a shutout.
“I thought we did a good job of keeping our eye discipline,” Glisson said. “We got off our blocks really well. We will be challenged more on that side of that ball next week.”
Jeremiah Hoard had a big interception and return for the defense as well, but was caught inside the 10-yard line.
Troup (7-1) will not be content with a playoff spot and have a date with region leader Trinity Christian on the road next Friday. The Tigers have just that game and their regular season finale against rivals LaGrange before the postseason starts.
“The next few weeks mean a whole lot, so we have to be ready to go and play,” Glisson said.