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Senior wins Steel Tiger competition

Last updated: August 01. 2014 3:25PM - 465 Views

Troup running back Dre Towns won the Steel Tiger competition for the second straight year.Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News
Troup running back Dre Towns won the Steel Tiger competition for the second straight year.Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News
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It was Dre Towns again.


For the second straight year, the Troup High running back won the football team’s Steel Tiger competition.


Towns finished first in one of the eight events, the 40-yard dash (4.53 seconds), and he finished high in a handful of others to claim the top spot.


“It was competitive until the very end. And then he pulled away,” said Jay Floyd, Troup’s strength coach.


Towns is coming off a terrific junior season where he teamed with Daryl Dunlap to create a formidable one-two punch at running back.


Towns is expected to be a centerpiece of Troup High’s offense this season.


Eli Patrick also enjoyed a strong performance in the Steel Tiger.


Patrick won two events, the tire flip and the obstacle course.


Patrick flipped the tire 10 times in 21.3 seconds, and he traversed the obstacle course that was set up on the school’s tennis courts in a time of 1:13.07.


In third place in the Steel Tiger was Jonathan Foster, while Jedarious Smith was fourth and senior quarterback Will Smith was fifth.


Hunter Mowers finished sixth, and Mitch Mathes was seventh after winning three events.


Mathes, a senior offensive lineman who has verbally committed to Mercer, won the power clean lift with 315 pounds, and he won the bench press with 330 pounds.


Mathes also won the prowler pull/push with a time of 17.11 seconds.


In eighth place was Emmanuel Trammell, who won the vertical jump.


Offensive lineman Jason Hernandez and Chad Magdaleno finished tied for 10th place.


Hernandez won the front-squat competition with 425 pounds.


Reach Kevin Eckleberry at (706) 884-7311 (ext. 232) or on Twitter @lagrangesports


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