LAGRANGE – They pushed through.
For the second time in three days, the Troup Tigers were battling an opponent, and the sizzling summer sun, during an 11-on-11 football camp.
On Tuesday, Troup hosted Callaway, and those teams were on the field for about three hours, scrimmaging and participating in a number of other drills.
Two days later, Troup was back on its practice field for another 11-on-11 camp that featured three teams.
It was a physical and mental test for the players, and head coach Tanner Glisson said that was by design.
“That was our intent,” Glisson said. “We put it on the schedule, we wanted it to be where we were going to be sore coming in, and we had to bounce back.”
Glisson said the players passed that test with flying colors.
“This was a great week for us,” said Glisson, who is heading into his second season as the Tigers’ head coach. “This was about as good a week as we’ve had since I’ve been here.”
Offensive lineman Brandon Barronton said the players tried not to look too far ahead, focusing instead on the short-term and taking it play by play.
“This week was definitely a rough one,” Barronton said. “But, one thing that we took from last year is (focus on) one more play. If you look at it like that, it’s really not that bad.”
It was a busy week for the Tigers, which began on Monday with what Glisson called “a very good prep day.”
“Tuesday we had Callaway here, and they’re a fine football team, so that really told us where we were,” Glisson added. “And then we went in (Wednesday) and cleaned some things up, and came out today and played really well. Today, it was hot, they were sore, they were tired, they’re looking forward to vacation next week. So I’m extremely proud.”
Glisson said it was an all-around impressive showing on Thursday.
“Defensively, was probably the biggest place where we’ve improved the most,” Glisson said. “I thought our offensive line started moving some people a little bit. They started doing a good job coming off the ball. For the most part, we took care of the ball.”
Glisson added he was “pleased with the intensity” from the players and the coaches, which contributed to a successful day.
“When I see the film, I may feel otherwise, but all in all it was a good day,” Glisson said.
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