By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor
October 6, 2013
Out of the fire, and into the frying pan.
The Troup Tigers are coming off a game with Sandy Creek, the state’s top-ranked Class AAAA team and the defending state champion.
Now, the Tigers have less than a week to prepare for another of the state’s best teams, the Carrollton Trojans.
Carrollton, which is ranked second in the state to Sandy Creek, will pay a visit to Callaway Stadium on Thursday for a Region 5-AAAA showdown.
Troup (2-3 overall, 1-1 in region play) is coming off a 21-0 loss to Sandy Creek on Friday.
Carrollton (5-0, 2-0) presents a massive challenge.
Carrollton, which finished second to Sandy Creek in the region a year ago, is 5-0 this season, and it has yet to be tested.
After beating Fayette County 52-14 Friday night, Carrollton is outscoring its opponents by an average score of 48-7.
The Trojans have scored 50 or more points in three of their games, and their smallest margin of victory was 21 points in the season opener against Oxford, Ala.
A year ago, Carrollton beat Troup 45-13.
Also this week, the LaGrange Grangers will look to build on their 2-0 start in Region 5-AAAA play when they visit Alexander on Friday.
LaGrange (2-3 overall) beat Columbus 58-7 last week, and it beat Shaw 30-7 in its region opener.
Alexander (3-2, 1-1), meanwhile, appears to be a much-improved team this season.
After going 2-8 last season, the Cougars have already surpassed that win total this year, and they’re coming off a 27-7 victory over Shaw.
“Alexander has plenty of players,” LaGrange head coach Donnie Branch said. “We have blown a game on the road the last two years, about this time of year, coming out not ready to play. We’re not planning on doing that this time. That’s a huge game.”
Callaway also has a big game on tap this week, with Central-Carroll visiting Callaway Stadium on Friday.
The Cavaliers (4-1 overall) improved to 2-0 in Region 4-AAA with Friday’s 45-13 win over Chapel Hill.
Now Callaway turns its attention to a Central-Carroll team that is having a terrific season.
The Lions (5-1 overall) are 3-0 in the region, and they’ve won those three games by a combined score of 112-7.
Last week, Central outlasted B.E.S.T. Academy 14-0.
A year ago, Callaway got past Central-Carroll 14-10 on the way to a region championship.
THIS WEEK’S GAMES.
Carrollton at Troup, 7 p.m.
Central-Carroll at Callaway, 7:30 p.m.
LaGrange at Alexander, 7:30 p.m.