Doc Smith, Sports Correspondent
Jacksonville Daily Progress
Troup quarterback Blake Lynch celebrated his receiving Division I offers from Clemson and TCU this week by scoring a pair of touchdowns to spark the Tigers to a 28-14 win over rival Arp Friday night in Troup.
After a long day of rain, a light drizzling rain had the battle turn into a game of running and the punt return teams making most of the highlights as Troup took a 28-14 win at Tiger Stadium.
Fourteen fumbles and some wet conditions had an impact on both teams passing attack.The visiting Tigers got the first big break of the game.
“They made some big plays on us, and we had some unusual calls late in the game,” said Troup head coach Denis Alexander in his second year at the helm. “But the defense stepped up and made some big plays, and we made them fumble a few times that were really crucial for us.”
A huge defection of an Arp punt bounced off a Troup player, and Hunter Holland gave the Arp crew a big break, recovering the ball at their own 34-yard line.
One play later, Marcalas Johnson sprinted up the middle virtually untouched for a 56-yard touchdown run. The PAT kick failed and Arp lead 6-0 after one quarter.
The rainy drizzle continued throughout the game and accounted for a slippery ball, and eight balls hit the turf . Arp recovered the only one that converted into the only first half points.
The slow trudging trench work proved out to a 142-64 in total yards for Arp at the half.
Arp (2-2), recovered another punt return after Marcus Kincade ran 37-yards before the ball was knocked loose and covered up by Arp’s, 26 at the 19 of Arp.
Troup (2-2), made a defensive stand to give Kincade a shot at redemption.
The senior wide receiver, Kincade made good on a 62-yard punt return for the the first Troup tally.
Daniel Rojo had a field goal attempt blocked earlier but was true on the PAT kick for a 7-6, Troup lead.
Troup added on to the score with a Blake Lynch scramble from 14-yards out, and the Rojo kick made it a 14-6 affair.
Within 14-seconds, Arp returned the score as Thomas Reese intercepted a Lynch pass and raced 50-yards for an Arp TD. The Justin Johnson PAT run tied the game at 14-14 with 10:42 to play.
Two Troup fumble recoveries by Lafabion Lydia and one by Marquis Davis in the fourth quarter helped seal the win for head coach Dennis Alexander and Troup.
Lydia ‘s first recovery started the Lynch 14-yard score, and Marquis Davis jumped on another Arp miscue resulting in a Lynch 10-yard scamper.
A bad snap on an Arp punt was jumped on by Lafabion Lydia again at the Arp 29- yard line.
Three plays later, Brandon Hearon beat his defender deep, turned around to make an over the shoulder catch and backed into the end zone. Lynch ran his final three-yards for the PAT and the 28-14, final.
Marcalas Johnson led all rushers and finished with 20 carries for 106 yards and one touchdown to pace Arp.
Arp quarterback, Justin Johnson just completed 2 of 16 for 14 yards passing on the slippery night.
Troup, quarterback Blake Lynch led Troup in rushing with 73 yards in 15 tries. Lynch also found the air game slippery-when-wet, completing only 6 passes in 18 tries for 114 yards, one interception and the TD pass to Hearon.
Troup receiver, Hearon made five catches for 70 yards. Marcus Kincade accounted for 149 yards in return yardage and a score for the Troup special teams.
Troup 28, Arp 14
Arp 6 0 0 8 - 14
Troup 0 0 7 21 - 28
A: Marcalas Johnson 56 run, (PAT kick no good), 2:55
T: Marcus Kincade 62 punt return (Daniel Rojo PAT kick), 9:18
T: Blake Lynch 14 run, (Rojo PAT kick), 11:00.
A: Thomas Reese 50 interception, (J. Johnson PAT run ), 10:42
T: Lynch 10 run (PAT bad snap), 9:43
T: Brandon Hearon 32 pass from Lynch, (Lynch Pat run good), 7:51
First Downs 11 16
Rushes-Yds 38-198 29-66
Att-Comp-Int 2-16-0 6-18-0
Passing Yds 14 114
Total Yds 212 180
Punts- Avg 6-35.1 7-41.0
Fumbles-Lost 7-3 7-2
Penalties-Yds 8-80 7-55
RUSHING – A: Justin Johnson11-20; Marcalas Jonson 20-106; Thomas Reese 3-21; Isaiah Baker 4-51. T: Blake Lynch 15-73; D’Louis West 7-5; Marcus Kincade 3-(minus)-1; Marcus Davis 2-3; Brandon Hearon 2-(minus)-20.
PASSING – A: J. Johnson 2-16-0-0-14; M. Johnson 0-1-0-0. T: Lynch 6-18-0-1-114.
RECEIVING - A: Tomas Reece 1-3. Garret Allen 1-11. T: Brandon Hearon 5-70; Hitachi Lydia 1-44.