The Tigers held on for a quarter before the West Rusk running game dominated action in a District 9-3A contest Friday, Oct. 6.
The Raiders accounted for almost 500 yards of offense, and the West Rusk defense shut out the Tigers for a 38-0 victory.
Before last week’s game, West Rusk was ranked ninth in the Associated Press Texas High School Class-3A football poll. The Raiders more than lived up to their ranking in the win over Troup. West Rusk improved to 4-0 for the season and 1-0 in the district standings. The loss left the Tigers at 0-2 in loop competition and evened their season mark at 3-3.
Troup, which suffered three turnovers in the loss to West Rusk, accounted for 234 yards of offense, including 77 yards on five carries for Tristan Clark. Clark broke out for a 71-yard run but the Tigers were unable to continue the drive for a potential score.
Quarterback Weslee Ross completed seven of 19 pass attempts for 100 yards. He tossed an interception and lost a fumble. Desmond Deason hauled in two receptions for 52 yards to lead the receiving corps.
West Rusk scored on a 43-yards touchdown pass in the first quarter to jump out to a 7-0 lead. The Raiders marched for a trio of touchdowns in the second stanza and carried a 28-0 lead into the halftime break. A west Rusk field goal pushed the lead to 31-0 in the third frame, and the Raiders added a late touchdown in the fourth period for the final score.
Jaylon Garland led the West Rusk running game with 15 carries for 152 yards and three touchdowns. The Raiders finished with 340 rushing yards and an additional 158 yards through the air.
The Troup defensive leaders included Matt Adams, who recorded 10 tackles and an interception, and Mike Zuniga, who also posted 10 tackles.
Also for the Tigers, Ramiro Martinez rushed 14 times for 54 yards and Ross stepped off three yards on four attempts. For the receivers, Martinez caught three for 28 yards, Brandon Pike had one catch for 16 yards and Bryce Attaway had one catch for four yards and he had a fumble.
The Tigers will be open for a much needed break Friday, Oct. 13. Troup will resume District 9-3A competition at Harleton Friday, Oct. 20. Previously winless for the season, Harleton upset Beckville 8-6 last week. Before the game with Harleton, Beckville was unbeaten and had averaged scoring more than 47 points a game. The victory by the Wildcats over Beckville certainly makes Troup’s next game more challenging and a loss for the Tigers in that contest would seriously jeopardize their chances to advance to the playoffs.
Troup will host Arp Friday, Oct. 27, and will travel to Waskom Friday, Nov. 3. The Tigers will conclude the regular season hosting Elysian Fields Friday, Nov. 10. Kickoff for all of the games will be 7:30 p.m.
WR 7 21 3 7 - 38
Troup 0 0 0 0 - 0