Doc Smith,Sports Correspondent
Jacksonville Daily Progress
The Troup Tigers were able to notch a winning season by slamming Sabine's Cardinals 40-30 at Tiger Stadium Friday night.
The Tigers took the opening kickoff and constructed a eight-play, 70-yard drive. Davis capped off the final one-yard touchdown. Danny Rojo added his first of three PAT kicks for the 7-0 lead.
Sabine answered right back with a four-yard dive by quarterback, Collin Gray.
Gray also added the tying PAT kick and a 7-7 score after one quarter.
Itachi Lydia was wide-open for a 81-yard catch-and-run to regain the Tigers lead 14-7.
Again Sabine answered as slot-back, Tyler Mustin sprinted down the left sideline from 26-yards and a 14-14 tie.
Lydia and Hearon hooked up again for a 30-yard scoring strike before the Tiger defense added to the scoreboard.
After a nice carry of 12-yards by a Cardinal running back, Brett Martin scooped up a Cardinal fumble, reversed his field and scooted 65-yards to a 26-14, Troup advantage after a missed PAT kick.
The Cards battled back to see Gray sprint up the middle from 24-yards out, and again booted the PAT for a 26-21 score with less than a minute before the break.
Troup took advantage of good field position after the kickoff and punched in the final TD of the half as Marcus Kincade blasted through from eight-yards, and the Rojo kick made it 33-21 at intermission.
A Cardinal field goal by Gray was the lone score of the third period before the teams exchanged TD’s in the final stanza for the 40-30, final score.
Kincade rumbled over the Cards defense for 147-yards in 17 carries and scored a TD from eight-yards. Tiger, fullback, Marquis Davis had two TD runs and carried for 96-yards in 11 carries.
Lydia made three grabs for 119 yards, and scoring on two of the receptions.
Tiger Anfernee Ross made a fumble recovery as did Hunter Arnold, and
Sabine was led by quarterback, Collin Gray with 179-yards on the ground in 21 carries.
Cardinal running back, Quaylan Chumley went over the century mark with 179-yards in 17 carries in the loss.
Troup had 285-yards on the ground, and passed for another 119 through the air for 404 total yards in the game.
The Cardinals (1-9; 0-5), rushed for 452 yards in the setback.
Troup 40, Sabine 30
Sabine 7 14 3 7 - 30
Troup 7 26 0 7 - 40
T: Marquis Davis 1 run, (Danny Rojo PAT kick good), 8:23
S: Collin Gray 4 run, (Gray PAT kick good), 5:07
T: Hitachi Lydia 81 pass from Brandon Hearon, (Rojo kick good), 10:50
S: Tyler Mustin 6 run, (Gray kick good), 2:46
T: Lydia 30 pass from Hearon, (kick missed), 6:04
T: Brett Martin 65 funble return, (PAT run failed), 3:14
S: Gray 24 run, (Gray kick good), :57
T: Marcus Kincade 8 run, (Rojo kick good), :10
S: Gray 21 field goal, 9:21
T: Marquis Davis 3 run, (Rojo kick good), 11:19
S: Mustin 3 run, (PAT run failed), 7:09