Tigers fall short in bid to remain unbeaten


Despite accounting for 432 yards of offense, Troup was unable to hold off Carlisle in last week’s gridiron action. The Indians rallied for a 35-28 victory over the Tigers to drop Troup to 1-1 for the season.

Troup will play at Elkhart Friday, Sept. 14. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

Senior signal-caller Weslee Ross completed 15 of his 25 pass attempts for 307 yards and four touchdowns. He was intercepted once and he rushed nine times for 14 yards.

Jaden Lewis has emerged as the premier receiver for the Tigers after he snagged five catches for 163 yards and two touchdowns in the loss to Carlisle. In two games, Lewis has 10 catches for 312 yards (an average of 31 yards per catch) and four touchdowns.

Ross was able to connect with Brandon Pike three times in last week’s contest for 71 yards and a score and Desmon Deason had four catches for 32 yards and a score. Bryce Attaway reeled off 42 yards on two catches.

Calob Smith was the leading ground gainer for Troup with 62 yards on seven carries. Trent Allen had 11 carries for 49 yards and the team accounted for 125 rushing yards on 27 carries.

Max Hale and Matt Adams stood out as the defensive leaders in the game. Hale finished with four tackles, four assists and a tackle for a loss, while Adams posted six tackles, two assists and he caused two fumbles. He also broke up one pass.

Smith broke up a pass, caused a fumble, recorded four tackles and two assists and had one tackle for a loss. Attaway also posted four tackles, two assists and one tackle for a loss and Austin Starkey was in on one tackle for five assists. Allen finished with three tackles, one assist and three tackles for a loss, and Anthony Santamaria added two tackles, one assist and one tackle for a loss to the team totals.

For his work at the quarterback position, Ross was named offensive Player of the Week, while Hale captured the defensive Player of the Week honors. Eddie Rojo was cited as the special teams Player of the Week. Rojo booted all four extra points.

The Troup defense allowed 174 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 30 carries. Carlisle quarterback Gerald Turner completed 11 of 18 pass attempts for 196 yards and no touchdowns, and he rushed for 92 yards and three touchdowns. Jay Price was the top target for Turner with nine catches for 183 yards.

Following the game at Elkhart, the Tigers will have a bye week. They will begin District 10-3A competition at Grand Saline Friday, Sept. 28.


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