Noah Dixon leads Troup to pivotal region win
Published 10:53 pm Friday, October 27, 2023
Troup went on the road and toppled region foe Trinity Christian 28-14 for an important region win Friday.
“It was a hard-fought game, and it was a situation where Trinity could have won the region if they beat us tonight, so we knew it wasn’t going to be an easy game coming into their place,” Troup coach Tanner Glisson said. “For the most part, we controlled the game.”
Senior Noah Dixon was everywhere for the Tigers and opened the scoring with a rushing touchdown halfway through the first quarter.
The Lions quickly had an answer and tied the game just a few minutes later, but it was Dixon coming through for the team once again when he returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown.
“You can’t say enough good things about Noah Dixon,” Glisson said. “He is a great football player, an even better human being and has a lot of character. He had a super game tonight, maybe one of the best he’s ever had here.”
The Tigers eventually took a two-score lead in the first half when Logan Sinkfield found freshman wide receiver Davis Moncus for his first varsity touchdown.
“He is a young freshman coming though in a big moment for us that wasn’t just in mop up duty,” Glisson said. “Davis has a really bright future for us.”
Troup had to settle for a 21-7 lead at the break after a trick play resulted in an interception in the end zone with two minutes to go in the first half.
The third quarter was a defensive slugfest as neither team was able to score.
A Lions interception set up the home team on Troup’s 10-yard line, but the defense bailed the offense out when Tyler Leslie intercepted the ball in the end zone.
“The defense gave up seven for the majority of the game,” Glisson said. “We have a great defense, and we know that, and Tyler came through and made a big play for us.”
The defense was stout all night, coming up with a fumble recovery early in the fourth quarter on their own 45-yard line to help kill the game off.
A short touchdown from Dixon, his third of the night, truly put the game out of reach with 1:30 left as Troup took a 28-7 lead. The Lions got a score late, but it did little to help them other than making the final score a bit more flattering.
Troup (8-1) (5-1) will have it all to play for next week against rivals LaGrange. The winner will get a home playoff game and the loser will likely be on the road pending the Starr’s Mill-Whitewater game on the same night.
“For us a win tonight made sure we will finish first, second or third in the region which makes next week even bigger, and we understand that,” Glisson said.