Turnovers were disastrous for Troup in a 52-23 season opening loss to Spring Hill.
The offense struggled to find a rhythm in the first half, and the Panthers took advantage. After a 31-yard fumble was recovered by Spring Hill’s Jace Tiller and returned for a touchdown, the Tigers were down 21-0.
Troup was able to slice the Spring Hill lead to 21-7 with a four-yard touchdown in the second quarter, but the Tigers never got closer after Spring Hill poured on the points.
“They were a better team than we were Friday night,” said head coach John Eastman. “We didn’t step up, but we will work on that.”
Junior running back Trent Allen rushed for a 4-yard touchdown after Troup recovered a Spring Hill fumble.
Quarterback Wesley Ross completed 16 of 30 pass attempts for 149 yards and two touchdowns. He also had one interception.
Michael Zuniga caught five receptions for 56 yards, Jordan Green had five catches for 38 yards, Tristan Clark caught one pass for 23 yards, and Desmond Deason snagged three receptions for 19 yards.
On the ground, Ramiro Martinez rushed 16 times for 81 yards, Ross had four totes for 31 yards, and Allen rushed 16 times for 30 yards and one touchdown.
Spring Hill rushed 36 times for 202 yards and connected on seven of 13 passes for 101 yards. Defensive standouts included Martinez with eight tackles (one for a loss) and he forced a fumble; Matt Adams recorded eight tackles, Colton Whitsell finished with seven tackles (two for a loss) and Bryce Attaway had five tackles and two fumble recoveries.
The Tigers will take on Ore City at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8. The Rebels defeated Maud 20-8 in their season opener last week, and are coming off of a 4-6 season in 2016 (including 3-3 in district action).
Ore City returns three offensive and eight defensive returning starters and 19 offensive and 12 defensive lettermen. The Rebels are led by running back Garrett Young, quarterback Tanner Organ, linebackers Aaron Nigerville and Keyshawn Kyle. Also, linemen Fernando Gutierrez, Jose Lopez, Scotty Vanschoyck and Seth Allen, and defensive backs Jashaun Cook and Dillon Young.
Nigerville had 102 tackles to lead the defensive last season.
Troup will host Elkhart Friday, Sept. 15, for Homecoming. Elkhart also won the season opener with a 40-23 victory over Shelbyville. The Tigers also will play at Westwood Friday, Sept. 22. Westwood defeated Frankston 31-13 last week.
District 9-3A Scores
Elysian Fields 36, Redwater 14
West Rusk 33, Winnsboro 0
Beckville 38, Anderson Shiro 10
Losing Last Week
Spring Hill 52, Troup 23
Tatum 14, Arp 0
Linden-Kildare 35, Harleton 26
Jefferson 27, Waskom 21