LIBERTY CITY – The Troup Tigers liked the old-fashioned winning feeling so much in Zero Week, they did it again Friday night, spoiling Sabine’s homecoming festivities with a 23-7 victory over the Cardinals at James Bamberg Stadium.
Seth Gibson rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns, and quarterback Brock Grigsby threw for 145 yards and another score in leading the Tigers to their second win of the season, after an 0-10 campaign a year ago.
Sabine drops to 0-2.
Gibson did his damage on a 14-yard dash, but before the evening was over he added runs of 27 and 27 yards in totaling his final figure. Isaac Hicks and Bryan Chumley led the Cardinal offense. Hicks gained 93 yards on 17 carries and Chumley followed close behind with 92 yards on 12 carries.
Grigsby completed 9-of-16 passes, although he did suffer an interception to Sabine’s Qwaylen Chumley in the second half.
Collin Gray started at quarterback for the Cardinals, but was relieved by Dakota Stewart, who came on in the second half. Gray was 1-for-2 passing for minus four yards. Stewart was 1-for-2 for 10 yards and suffered an interception to Troup’s Justin Massey.
Troup opened the scoring as Gibson capped the first Tigers’ drive of the evening with a 14-yard run with 9:42 remaining in the first quarter.
Quarterback Grigsby set it up with a 49-yard completion to Jiles. Gabriel Leon added the first of his three extra points of the evening.
The Tigers extended their lead to 9-0 with 11:54 left in the first half as Jiles blocked an Alvaro Castillo punt in the Cardinal end zone for a safety on the first play of the second quarter. Gibson added his second scoring run of the contest with 8:23 remaining in the third quarter to cap a four-play, 42-yard drive after the Tigers recovered one of two Sabine fumbles.
Trailing 16-0, Sabine answered with a seven-play scoring march, which covered 77 yards. Chumley raced 32 yards with 3:40 left in the third period. Austin Russell’s PAT was good and the Cardinals trailed by nine, 16-7.
Later in the quarter Michael Davis of Troup scored on a one-yard plunge to finish off eight-play, 75-yard march.
Giles was Troup's leading receiver with five catches for 114 yards.
Next week, Troup entertains Hooks and Sabine visits Emory Rains.