TROUP — The Troup Tigers and Tatum Eagles squared off in what may be an early look at the District 9-2A championship game.
When all was said and done, long scoring plays and a second half flurry by the Eagles kept them undefeated at 2-0 in league play with a 35-21 win at Tiger Stadium.
After Troup ruled the story of the statistics with 206 yards to Tatum’s 94, a long punt return by Chaston Brooks and a field goal by Dusty Richardson with the first half clock expiring gave the Eagles a 10-7 halftime lead.
The Tigers tied the game 7-7 with 40 seconds left before half when Tiger quarterback Blake Lynch uncorked a 48-yard pass hauled in by Hitachi Lydia in the Eagles end zone. Max Salinas nailed the PAT. However, a defensive letdown gave Tatum the chance to quickly move down the field for the game leading field goal.
The second half was a different story, however, as the Eagles used six ball carriers and scored on runs of 47 and 62-yards, a 13-yard TD pass from J.D. Taylor to Deyanta Robertson and two field goals by Richardson to make the 35-21 final.
Trailing 28-14, Troup closed the gap to 28-21 when Brandon Hearon got behind the Tatum secondary and Lynch was on the money with the throw for a 73-yard, catch-and-run TD.
One offensive play later Brooks made his presence felt again on a 62-yard blast up the middle for the final TD.
The Eagles got the running game rolling in the second half, ending with 321 yards in 31 carries as a team.
Troup had 222 yards in 43 tries with Lynch running 21 times for 102 yards. He threw for another 139.
Troup (5-2, 1-1) will travel to play at White Oak next Friday night. Tatum (7-0, 2-0) will return home to play host to play at Sabine.
Tatum 35, Troup 21
Tatum 0 10 10 15 - 35
Troup 0 7 7 7 - 21
TAT — Chaston Brooks 58 punt return (Dusty Richardson kick), 7:04
TRO — Hitachi Lydia 48 pass from Blake Lynch, (Max Salinas kick), :40.
TAT — Dustin Richardson 37 field goal, (:00)
TAT — Devan Boyd 47 run (Richardson kick), 8:00
TAT — Richardson 27 field goal, (5:18)
TRO — Marquez Davis 2 run, (Salinas kick), 2:02.
TAT — Deyanta Robertson 13 pass from Taylor, (Taylor run), 10:52
TRO — Brandon Hearon 73 pass from Lynch (Salinas kick), 9:46
TAT — Brooks 62 run, (Richardson kick), 9:36
First Downs 15 12
Rushes-Yds 31-321 43-222
Att-Comp-Int 7-13-0 6-17-0
Passing Yds 63 144
Total Yds 384 366
Punts- Avg 4-26.5 6-35.1
Fumbles-Lost 3-1 5-2
Penalties-Yds 8-80 2-20
RUSHING – TATUM: F.D. Taylor 13-98; Devan Boyd 3-55; Demetrius Hill 3-minus-7; Antonio Shaw 3-4; Chaston Brooks 6-73; Kyshaun Smith 4-91. 31-321. TROUP: Blake Lynch 21-102; D’Louis West 3-minus-1; Marquez Davis 1-3; Marcus Davis 3-14; Marcus Kincade 11-80; Brandon Hearon 2-11; Colton Petry 4-14.
PASSING – TATUM: Taylor 6-12-63-0-1. TROUP: Lynch 6-17-144-0-2.
RECEIVING - TATUM: Deyanta Roberson 5-83; Martin Williams 2-24. TROUP: Brandon Hearon 1-73; Hitachi Lydia 6-71.