Nov. 4—TROUP — Troup dodged the proverbial bullet Friday night, thanks to a 22-yard game-winning field goal by Bryce Wallum in overtime, which gave the Tigers a 38-35 victory over a pesky tribe of Grand Saline Indians.
Troup (9-1, 5-1), the District 9-3A-II runner-up, will play New Boston (5-5, 3-3) in the bi-district round of the playoffs. Date, time and location to be announced.
Grayson Hearon gave a phenomenal performance at quarterback for the Tigers. He tossed three touchdown passes and rushed for another to spark the Tiger offense. The senior completed 14-of-27 pass attempts for 280 yards.
Another Troup senior, Trae Davis, was on the receiving end of two of Hearon's touchdown strikes. Davis led the Maroon and White in receiving with 126 yards on seven grabs.
Ty Lovelady hauled in a touchdown catch and had three catches for 53 yards.
Lovelady's presence was felt even more defensively. He came up with a team-high 18 tackles, one of which was a tackle for loss.
Freshman Brett Wells led Troup in rushing by netting 83 yards, which put him over the 1,000-yard mark for the season. Included in his work was a rushing touchdown.
Wallum has been Mr. Reliable when it comes to kicking this season and he proved that once again Friday by nailing all five of his point after touchdown attempts.
Jaylon Williams, Shane Jasper and Noble Kendrick each made 12 tackles for the Tigers.
Williams collected three tackles for loss and a quarterback sack and Kendrick chipped in a tackle for loss and a sack.
Troup's special teams also played well. Wells blocked a Grand Saline point after touchdown try and Andre Dewberry was credited with a blocked punt.
Grand Saline dropped the curtain on its season by going 4-6, 2-4.