It was a strong defensive effort that propelled the Tigers to their first win of the season.
Troup dominated Ore City for a 28-14 victory, and the Tigers improved to 1-1 for the season.
With a Homecoming atmosphere, Troup will host Elkhart Friday, Sept. 15. Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m. The Elks are 2-0 after wins of 40-23 over Shelbyville, and 40-14 over Leon.
The Tigers jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first stanza, and the lead held through the halftime break. Ore City mounted two scoring drives in the third quarter to take a 14-6 advantage over the Tigers into the final frame. Troup responded with three scoring drives in the fourth quarter to pull out the victory.
The Troup defense allowed the Rebels only 25 rushing yards on 32 attempts. The Tiger defense was led by Mike Zuniga and Blake Johnson, who recorded 10 tackles apiece, Bryce Attaway was in on nine tackles and Jim Christopher posted nine tackles, including four for a loss and a quarterback sack.
Ore City did manage 186 yards through the air, completing 16 of 29 attempts.
The Troup offense combined for a total of 366 yards, including 167 yards on 24 carries by Ramiro Martinez.
Weslee Ross also had a stellar night as the Troup signal-caller. Ross completed 10 of his 17 pass attempts for 166 yards and two touchdowns. He also was intercepted once.
Desmond Deason was the top target for Ross. Deason hauled in three passes for 110 yards and one touchdown. Jordan Green also snagged three receptions for 32 yards, Colton Whitsell had a catch for 15 yards, Dakota Wallace had one catch for six yards and Michael Zuniga had one catch for five yards.
Other defensive leaders included Whitsell, who recorded seven tackles, including four for a loss, and two quarterback sacks; Shane Thomas, who finished with seven tackles (two for a loss) and two sacks; and Desmon Season, who had one interception.
Elkhart edged Troup 21-14 last season, but the Tigers own a 3-2 series edge over the Elks since 2008. Following the Homecoming game with Elkhart, the Tigers will play at Westwood Friday, Sept. 22, for their final pre-district contest. Troup will play at Beckville Friday, Sept. 29, to begin District 9-3A competition. The Tigers will host state-ranked West Rusk Friday, Oct. 6, before they have a bye week Oct. 13.
Troup 6 0 0 22 - 28
Ore City 0 0 14 0 - 14