They have more reasons why they can, than why they can’t.
Troup High thinks it can go toe-to-toe with the No. 1-ranked and undefeated Cartersville Hurricanes tonight at Callaway Stadium. The state of Georgia will be watching the Region 5-AAAA football game closely.
And Kobe Hudson, the three-time All-State player for Troup High, hopes to pull off the monster upset for the Tigers. Hudson, the 6-foot-2 senior, will try to add on to his 2,256 allpurpose yards for the season.
He has passed for 1,363 yards and 16 touchdowns. Hudson has also run for 893 yards and seven touchdowns. Hudson gives the Tigers a chance to beat the 9-0 Hurricanes.
“They’ve had tradition for a long time. Cartersville has a pretty good program,” said Hudson.
He also feels like the Tigers can play with the Hurricanes, quarter-byquarter. It is going to take some luck and some allnight precision. “Of course we can,” said Hudson. “We need to do our assignments. It is going to be very intense with a lot of pressure. We need to establish the run.”
Okay. Hudson and Tiger senior tailback Trey Williams are more than willing to embrace that. Williams has rushed for 1,476 yards and 14 touchdowns this year.
Williams is averaging more than seven yards per carry.
“We need for Kobe and Trey to be a two-headed running game. We need to execute. We’ve been working on our fundamentals. I know we’re playing better. We have found our identity,” said coach Tanner Glisson of the Tigers (6-3 overall, 3-2 in the region).
Troup High senior linebacker Jabralin Gooden also believes the Tigers have a decent chance at winning tonight against Cartersville. The 6-foot-3, 212-pound Gooden is ready to do his part.
“We need to play physical. We need to play Troup football. We know Cartersville is an elite team,” said Gooden. “We need to play some hardnosed football. We need to play fast.”
The Tigers, the No. 13 team in the state, also need to find a way to contain the high-flying aerial circus of Cartersville. Hurricanes senior quarterback Tee Webb, the Louisville commit, has passed for 1,977 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Webb is averaging 17 yards with every completion. The Hurricanes don’t have much of a running game. Cartersville has just one running back with more than 345 yards on the season.
Hurricane junior tailback Quante Jennings has 39 carries for 345 yards and six touchdowns. He is averaging eight yards per carry.
Tanner Glisson is well aware of that.
“We have to eliminate the explosive plays. Cartersville has been there. They know how to win,” said Glisson.
The Hurricanes have a 48-3 record in the last four years with two state championships and four region football titles. Cartersville also has three high-energy wide receivers with blistering speed. Troup High has to find a way to cover the Hurricane wideouts like a blanket. Cartersville has some game-busting split ends with Devonte Ross (32 catches, 766 yards), Sam Phillips (36 receptions, 551 yards, seven touchdowns) and Kyler Johnson (14 catches, 236 yards, two touchdowns).
All three receivers are juniors. The Cartersville-Troup football game will start at 7:30 p.m. at Callaway Stadium. The Tigers are looking forward to it.
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Chris Fernsler Sports Writer