TROUP — The sound of trains running on the tracks close to Tiger Stadium blended with cheers from the home crowd as the Troup Tigers defeated the Winona Wildcats 58-19 Friday night.
It was homecoming for the Tigers, who had pregame festivities where Peyton Noland was named the homecoming queen and Marquis Davis was named the homecoming king. Davis didn't disappoint, scoring three touchdowns on the night and rushing for 112 yards in the decisive victory.
On Troup's first drive of the game, the Tigers worked the ball down to Winona's 36 but fumbled the ball, which was recovered by Troup transfer Marcus Kincade, who ran the ball back 83 yards to score for the Wildcats, making it 7-0.
However, the Tigers quickly evened the score, putting seven points on the board with a touchdown by Davis. The Wildcats had trouble getting the ball out of their own end zone with two penalties that put them on their own 1-yard line. On the third play of the series, Winona fumbled the ball in the end zone for a safety as the Tigers went up 9-7 at the end of the first quarter.
Troup broke the game open in the second, scoring two touchdowns early on with a run by Davis. With 7:29 on the clock, Troup's Brett Martin blocked a punt, which was picked up by Troup for a score.
The Wildcats looked to chip away at the lead by tacking on a TD by Kincade but couldn't get the two-point conversion. But Troup looked to put the game away adding another two touchdowns before the half with Davis' third TD run of the night and an 8-yard run by D'Luis West putting Troup up 37-13 going into the half.
Troup tacked on seven points in the third quarter before a pair of touchdown runs by Ramiro Martinez to put the Tigers up 58-13. Winona tried to rally and scored with 17 seconds left on the clock but was unable to make the PAT after or make up any ground.