On a night when they could have easily lost, the Troup High Tigers dug deep and found a way to survive.
Troup High needed a fourth quarter touchdown run from senior tailback Trey Williams to secure a 27-21 win over Harris County on Thursday night at Callaway Stadium. Williams scored the winning touchdown in the football game on a 21-yard run.
“We fought hard, and it paid off,” said Williams.
He protected the football with his life, and he ran into trouble constantly. Williams battered his way for 98 yards on 20 carries on the night. Williams scored both of Troup High’s touchdowns in the second half.
Williams hit paydirt on a 1-yard score with 2:41 left in the third quarter. The Tigers needed every seven points that they could scrape up. The game was tied twice in the second half – at 14-14 and 2121.
“Harris County is a good team, and their quarterback (sophomore Cooper Corey) is better than everybody thinks,” said Troup High head coach Tanner Glisson.
Corey completed 7 of 14 passes for 129 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Corey hit a gridiron home run with a 47-yard touchdown pass to Harris County senior wide receiver Tailique Williams in the first period.
The Harris County Tigers took a surprising 70 lead. Corey struck gold again with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Tiger senior tight end Nicholas Marien in the fourth quarter. Harris County tied the game at 21-21 with 9:31 left.
Marien had two catches for 51 yards in the fourth period. But Troup High had something more with a Williams finishing touch and some heady defensive plays.
Defensive lineman Jordan Jones of Troup High sacked Harris County’s Cooper for a 9-yard loss with 55 seconds remaining. The Tiger defense would then nail down the Troup High win with an interception from senior linebacker Jabralin Gooden with 42 seconds left in the fourth period.
“We showed some grit and togetherness. This (win) could be a building block. We fought to the end,” said Glisson, the coach of the 3-0 Troup High Tigers.
Glisson and THS also got another steaming hot order of defense earlier in the game with a 57-yard fumble return for a touchdown from senior linebacker Devon Hill. That gave Troup High a lead of 14-7 with 38 seconds left in the first period.
The Tigers also scored against Harris County on a Kobe Hudson 21-yard touchdown pass to tight end Luke Purnell in the first quarter. Hudson, a Tiger senior, ran the offense and scorched Harris County with 108 yards rushing and 74 yards passing for the evening.
“Troup made one more play than we did. They had a great push,” said Harris County tailback Xavier Richmond. “We can still compete with anyone.”
Richmond tried to show that, but he ran into a stiff and stern Troup High defense. The Tigers slowed Richmond down with 45 yards on 13 carries.
“I loved our teamwork and effort. We kept going,” said Troup High junior defensive lineman Royce White.
He de-cleated one Harris County player, sending him flying in the first half. The Harris County Tigers are now 2-2 on the season.
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Chris Fernsler Sports Writer