Jacksonville Daily Progress
The Huntington Red Devils will probably have nightmares recalling the damage that Troup's Blake Lynch inflicted upon them Friday night at Tiger Stadium where Troup dropped the curtain on the non-district portion of its schedule by hammering Huntington, 42-14.
The Tiger football team capped off homecoming festivities on a night that also honored members of Troup's 1973 undefeated state championship squad, many of whom were in attendance at a jam packed Tiger Stadium.
Troup concluded it non-district schedule with a 4-1 record, while Huntington dropped to 1-4 with the loss.
The game was decided after the first 24 minutes of play thanks in part to the Tigers' Blake Lynch.
Lynch, the Tiger quarterback, had two 74-yard touchdown runs in the first half and tossed a pair of scoring strikes to give the Tigers a comfortable 28-0 lead at intermission, after Daniel Rojo went 4-for-4 on PAT tries.
Lynch carried just four times in the first half, but gained 163 yards as Troup had amassed 278 total yards of offense at the half, compared to Huntington's 79 yards.
Lynch went 5-9-0 — 50 yards in the opening half and hurled two touchdown passes.
Lynch was also a beast on the defensive side where he had a fumble recovery and made back-to-back tackles for loss on the Huntington quarterback late in the first period that stalled the Red Devils deep in their own territory on third down.
The Tigers then blocked the enduing punt, which allowed Troup to set up shop on its own 22-yard line.
It took Lynch just three plays to hit senior receiver Brandon Hearon n a 20-yard scoring play on a fade route in the corner of the end zone that allowed the Tigers to get on the scoreboard first.
Lynch's second scoring toss came with 32 ticks left in the opening half when he threw a dart to Brant Palmer, who was left uncovered on a shallow post route that covered five yards.
Tiger coach Dennis Alexander let a lot of kids get in on the fun in this game as nine players rushed for positive total yards in the opening 24 minutes alone against the Class 3A Red Devils.
Troup will enjoy their bye week next Friday before opening league play with a trip to Jefferson on Oct.11.
NOTE: Miss Cheney Cover was crowned as Troup's Homecoming Queen 2013 and Mr. Marcus Davis was selected as the school's Homecoming King in pre-game ceremonies that took place about a half hour before kickoff.