HAMILTON – With the start of a new season just a few days away, the Troup Tigers traveled to Hamilton on Friday to take a test run.
Troup, which is beginning its second season under the direction of head coach Tanner Glison, visited Harris County for a preseason game.
While Troup moved the ball well, especially in the first half when the starters were in the game, it was unable to put any points on the scoreboard on the way to a 23-0 loss.
“I think we were pretty nervous and caused some self-imposed mistakes,” Glisson said. “Hopefully we got that out of our system.”
With junior quarterback Montez Crowe at the helm, Callaway had 230 yards of offense in the first half, but Glisson said “we kept shooting ourselves in the foot in the red zone.”
Glisson said the “defense was much-improved,” over last season, but he said Harris County was able to take advantage of “about four plays where we didn’t tackle well.”
Glisson said the biggest thing he noticed was how much better his team looked physically as compared to a year ago.
“We looked physically stronger and didn’t appear to get pushed back at the point of attack and that was nice to see,” Glisson said.
As for special teams, Glisson said that area of the game will need to be more consistent moving forward.
The Tigers missed a short field goal, and they also had about a 10-yard punt, although two other punts went 50-plus yards off the foot of Carson Wreyford.
Also on Friday, Callaway played a preseason game against Northside in Hogansville.
The Cavaliers had a 27-7 halftime lead when the starters were in the game, and they went on to win 33-14.
Callaway was impressive on offense.
Junior running back DJ Atkins had touchdown runs of 50 and 70 yards, Braylon Sanders had a 36-yard scoring run and a 37-yard touchdown catch from Dylan Johnson, and backup quarterback Kedrick Ramsey had a 4-yard touchdown run in the second half.
Defensively, Callaway was dominant.
Northside had one big play in the first half that resulted in a 70-yard touchdown run, but it didn’t do much otherwise.
On six first-half possessions, Northside had four three-and-outs.
LaGrange visited Newnan on Thursday for the second of its two preseason games, and it lost 37-6, although it was only a 10-6 game at the half when the starters were on the field.
The regular season begins on Friday.
Callaway and LaGrange will face off at Callaway Stadium, with kickoff set for 8 p.m.
Troup will open against Hardaway, and the game will be played at Kinnett Stadium at 7:30 p.m.
In eight-man football, Lafayette Christian will host Solid Rock at 7:30 p.m.
It will be the first game in Lafayette Christian’s new stadium.
Reach Kevin Eckleberry at (706) 884-7311 or on Twitter @lagrangesports