TROUP — Elkhart senior Cade Starr tossed four touchdown passes to lead the Elks by Troup 42-14 to spoil the Tigers homecoming Friday at Tiger Stadium.
Starr was held to 27 yards and had an interception by Troup on his first nine attempts in a 7-7 tie early on. Then the Elks QB got hot, connecting on TD passes of 22, 36, 51 and 54 yards on his next six attempts.
Two of those scores went to 6-4, 250-pound senior Ky Thomas (22, 54) who also deflected a pass on defense that ended up an interception. The other two house calls were courtesy of Messiah Birdow (36, 51). Williams finished with 82 yards and Birdow led all players with 102 yards receiving on three catches.
The loss drops Troup to 1-2 while Elkhart remains unbeaten at 3-0.
Starr finished with 190 yards through the air and 54 on the ground. R.J. Moore led the Elks rushing attack with 17 carries for 110 yards and a touchdown while Camden Sellers scored on a 51-yard run late to finish with 88 yards.
Troup’s cause was led by quarterback Jordan Elliott, who carried the ball 21 times for 196 yards and also attempted 30 passes, completing nine of them for 96 yards and a touchdown as the Tigers were plagued by penalties and drops.
Elkhart grabbed a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter, courtesy of 27-yard scoring run by Moore after the Elks blocked a Troup punt.
Special teams enabled Troup to respond. An Elkhart put deflected off an Elks player downfield, which Troup scooping it up to recover at the 10. On first and goal, Elliott rolled out and hit Max Hale with a quick pass. Hale avoided a defender and walked into the end zone to tie the game at 7-7.
It stayed that way until late in the half. On first and 10 from the Troup 22, Starr lofted a pass to Williams, who then bulldozed the TIgers defender who attempted to tackle him before taking it 10 more yards to the end zone and giving the visitors a 14-7 lead at halftime.
Starr threw three TD passes in the third quarter to give Elkhart a 36-14 lead and make it a comfortable final period for the visitors.