It wasn’t hard to decide the difference in Troup’s 42-14 win over Northside Saturday night at A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium — turnovers.
Troup took advantage of three fumbles; a blocked punt and a bad snap on a punt play and scored five touchdowns to seal the victory.
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The Tigers (2-1) scored three touchdowns in a little over three minutes in the second period.
Another factor in the game was the loss of the Patriots’ starting quarterback, senior Lamar Brown. Brown went out early in the second quarter.
Troup had just scored on a 58-yard run by Jacorius Cotton late in the second period when Northside, on the first play from scrimmage, fumbled the ball away. Two plays later, it was 14-0. Another kickoff and another fumble recovered by Troup’s Corey Grissom and three more plays and it was 21-0. Those two drives were a total of 39 yards.
Northside closed the gap to 21-7 when Stephen Jackson got loose in the third quarter for a 22-yard touchdown.
But another turnover hurt Northside. Tabias Buckner blocked a kick and then picked it up and ran it in for one touchdown and a bad snap led Troup to another short field score. Less than a minute later, Troup repeated the first-half onslaught when LeAndre Crawford fell on a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown.
Will Myers was the one bright spot on offense for Northside. He ran for 73 yards and a touchdown on 18 tries. Myers’ touchdown was set up by Northside’s Avery Moody. He recovered a Troup fumble and ran 71 yards to the 14 to set up Myers’ score.